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Prescription Lyrica is not for everyone. Tell your doctor right away about any serious allergic reaction that causes swelling of the face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat, or neck or any trouble breathing, rash, hives or blisters. Lyrica may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop Lyrica without first talking to your doctor. Lyrica may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet. Some of the most common side effects of Lyrica are dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or work with machines until you know how Lyrica affects you. Other common side effects are blurry vision, weight gain, trouble concentrating, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision or any skin sores if you have diabetes. You may have a higher chance of swelling, hives or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes or high blood pressure medicines. Do not drink alcohol while taking Lyrica. You may have more dizziness and sleepiness if you take Lyrica with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse Lyrica. Tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child. Talk with your doctor before you stop taking Lyrica or any other prescription medication. Please see Important Risk Information for Lyrica on the following page. To learn more visit www.lyrica.com or call toll-free 1-888 -9 -LYRICA (1-888 -959 -7422). You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800 -FDA-1088. Artist depiction Get specific treatment for Diabetic Nerve Pain. Lyrica is FDA approved to treat Diabetic Nerve Pain. Diabetes damages nerves which may cause pain. Diabetic Nerve Pain (or pain from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy) is characterized by shooting, burning, pins and needles symptoms. Lyrica provides effective pain relief so patients feel better.* Some patients also had a significant reduction of pain in as early as one week. And, Lyrica is not a narcotic.** Ask your doctor about Lyrica today. *Individual results may vary. **Those who have had a drug or alcohol problem may be more likely to misuse Lyrica. We asked Terry to tell us about his experience with Lyrica. To hear Terry’s story visit Lyrica.com. PBP537601-02 ©2013 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. March 2013 “ONCE I STARTED TAKING LYRICA THE DIABETIC NERVE PAIN STARTED SUBSIDING.” —TERRY, RETIRED POLICE OFFICER DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETIC NERVE PAIN.