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IMPORTA TNTFA F CTS T (LEER-i-kah) BEFORE STA T RTING LY L RICA, continued •Av A andia® (rosiglitazone)*, Av A andamet® (rosiglitazone and metformin)* or Actos® (pioglitazone)** for diabetes. You may a hav a e a higher chance of weight gain or swelling of your hands or feet f . • Nar a cotic pain medicines (such as oxycodone), tr tan a quilizers or medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam). You may a hav aea higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness. • Any n medicines that make you sleepy IMPORTA T NT SAFETY INFORMAT A ION ABOUT LY L RICA LY L RICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRI L CA and call your doctor right aw aay a ifyou hav aeany n signs of a serious allergic reaction: • Swe w lling of yo yur u face, mout uh t , lips, gum u s, tongu g e,th tr h ho rat a or neck • Hav aeany n trouble breathing • Rash, hives (raised bumps) or blisters Like other antiepileptic drugs, LY L RICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people y y , about 1 in 500. Call your doctor right aw aay a ifyouhav aeany n symptoms, especially if they are new, worse or worry you, including: • New or worsening depression • Suicidal thoughts or actions • Unusual changes in mood or behavi aor Do not stop LYRI L CA without fi f rst talking with your doctor. LY L RICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet. This swelling can be a serious problem wi g th people with heart problems. LY L RICA may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive a car, work r with machines, or do other dangerous things until you know how LYRI L CAaff f ect f syou. Ask your doctor when w itisokay a to do these things. ABOUT LY L RICA LY L RICA is a prescription medicine used in adults 18 years and older to treat: • Pain from damaged nerves that happens with diabetes or that fol f lows healing of shingles • Partial seizures when w taken together with other seizure medicines • Fibromyal m gia (pain all ov o er your body) Who should NOT take LY L RICA: • Any n one who w is allergic to anyt n hing in LYRI LCA POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF LY L RICA LY L RICA may a cause serious side effects, including: • See "Important Safet f y Information About LYRI L CA." • Muscle problems, pain, soreness or weakness along with feel f ing sick and fever • Eyesight problems including blurry vision • Wei W ght gain. Wei W ght gain may a aff f ect f control of diabetes and can be serious for people with heart problems. • Feeling "high" If you hav aean ay n ofth t ese symp m toms, tell your doctor right aw aay a. The most common side effects of LY L RICA are: • Dizziness • Trouble concentrating • Blurry vision • Swelling of hands and feet f • Wei W ght gain • Dry mouth • Sleepiness If you hav a e diabetes, you should pay a extra attention to your skin while taking LYRI L CA and tell your doctor of any n sores or skin problems. HOW TO TA T KELY L RICA Do: • Tak T eLYRI L CA exactly as your doctor tells you. Your doctor will tell you how much to take and when to take it. Tak T eLYRI L CA at the same times each day a. • Tak T eLYRI L CA with or without food. f Don't: • Drive a car or use machines if you feel f dizzy or sleepy whi w le taking LYRI L CA. • Drink alcohol or use other medicines that make you sleepy whi w le taking LYRI L CA. • Change the dose or stop LYRI L CA suddenly. You may a hav a e headaches, nausea, diarrh r ea, or trouble sleeping if you stop taking LYRI L CA suddenly. • Start any n new medicines without fi f rst talking to your doctor. NEED MORE INFORMAT A ION? • Ask your u doctor or phar a macist. This is only l a brief sum um mar ay of imp m ortan at n informat a ion. • Go to www.lyrica.com or call 1-866-459-7422 (1-866-4LY L RICA). Uninsur u ed? Need help pay a ing for Pfi f zer medicines? Pfi f zer has programs that can help. Call 1-866-706- - 2400 or visit www.P wfi f zerHelpful f Answers.com. PARKE P --DAVI A S, Division of Pfi f zer Inc., New York, r NY 10017 © 2010 Pfi f zer Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. Version Janu nar ay2010 *Av A andia and Av A andamet are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline. ** Actos is a registered trademark r of Takeda Chemicals Indu d stries, Ltd., and is used under license by Tak T eda Pharmaceuticals of America, Inc., and Eli Lilly and Co. Rx only BEFORE STA T RTING LY L RICA Tell yo yu or udo d cto tr oab aou ot ual alyo yu or u medi d cal a cond ni d tit ons, inclu ldi dn igifyo yu: • Hav a e had depression, mood problems or suicidal th t oughts or behavi aor • Hav a e or had kidney problems or dialysis • Hav a e heart problems, including heart fai f lure • Hav a e a bleeding problem or a low blood platelet count • Hav aeab a used prescription medicines, str teetdr d ugs or alcohol in the past • Hav a e ever had swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, lips, gums, neck, or throat (angioedema) • Plan to fat f her a child. It is not known if problems seen in animal studies can happen in humans. • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeedi f ng. It is not known if LYRI L CA will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide whether you should take LYRI L CA or breast-feed f , d but not both. Tel T l your doctor about all your medicines. Include over-the- counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal r supplements. LYRI L CA and other medicines may a aff f ect f each other causing side eff f ect f s. Especially tell your doctor if you take: • Angiotensin conv n erting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. You may a hav a e a higher chance for swelling and hives.