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IMPORTANT FACTS PARKE–DAVIS, Division of Pfizer Inc., New York, NY 10017 © 2013 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. Version January 2013 * Avandia and Avandamet are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline. ** Actos is a registered trademark of Takeda Chemicals Industries, Ltd., and is used under license by Takeda Pharmaceuticals of America, Inc., and Eli Lilly and Co. Rx only NEED MORE INFORMATION? • Ask your doctor or pharmacist. This is only a brief summary of important information. • Go to www.lyrica.com or call 1-866-459-7422 (1-866 -4LYRICA). HOW TO TAKE LYRICA Do: • Take LYRICA exactly as your doctor tells you. Your doctor will tell you how much to take and when to take it. Take LYRICA at the same times each day. • Take LYRICA with or without food. Don’t: • Drive a car or use machines if you feel dizzy or sleepy while taking LYRICA. • Drink alcohol or use other medicines that make you sleepy while taking LYRICA. • Change the dose or stop LYRICA suddenly. If you stop taking LYRICA suddenly, you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often. • Start any new medicines without f irst talking to your doctor. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF LYRICA LYRICA may cause serious side effects, including: • See “Important Safety Information About LYRICA.” • Muscle problems, pain, soreness or weakness along with feeling sick and fever • Eyesight problems including blurry vision • Weight gain. Weight gain may affect control of diabetes and can be serious for people with heart problems. • Feeling “high” If you have any of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away. The most common side effects of LYRICA are: • Dizziness • Weight gain • Trouble concentrating • Blurry vision • Sleepiness • Swelling of hands and feet • Dry mouth If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your skin while taking LYRICA. BEFORE STARTING LYRICA, continued • Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives. • Avandia® (rosiglitazone)*, Avandamet® (rosiglitazone and metformin)* or Actos® (pioglitazone)** for diabetes. You may have a higher chance of weight gain or swelling of your hands or feet. • Narcotic pain medicines (such as oxycodone), tranquilizers or medicines for anxiety (such as lorazepam). You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness. • Any medicines that make you sleepy. BEFORE STARTING LYRICA Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you: • Have had depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior • Have or had kidney problems or dialysis • Have heart problems, including heart failure • Have a bleeding problem or a low blood platelet count • Have abused prescription medicines, street drugs or alcohol in the past • Have ever had swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, lips, gums, neck, or throat (angioedema) • Plan to father a child. It is not known if problems seen in animal studies can happen in humans. • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. It is not known if LYRICA will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide whether you should take LYRICA or breast-feed, but you should not do both. Tell your doctor about all your medicines. Include over-the- counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. LYRICA and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. Especially tell your doctor if you take: IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT LYRICA LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction: • Swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck • Have any trouble breathing • Rash, hives (raised bumps) or blisters Like other antiepileptic drugs, LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms, especially if they are new, worse or worry you, including: • suicidal thoughts or actions • new or worse depression • new or worse anxiety • feeling agitated or restless • panic attacks • trouble sleeping • new or worse irritability • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent • acting on dangerous impulses • an extreme increase in activity and talking • other unusual changes in behavior or mood 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. This swelling can be a serious problem with people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive a car, work with machines, or do other dangerous things until you know how LYRICA affects you. Ask your doctor when it is okay to do these things. ABOUT LYRICA LYRICA is a prescription medicine used in adults 18 years and older to treat: • Pain from damaged nerves that happens with diabetes or that follows healing of shingles, or spinal cord injury • Partial seizures when taken together with other seizure medicines • Fibromyalgia (pain all over your body) Who should NOT take LYRICA: • Anyone who is allergic to anything in LYRICA Uninsured? Need help paying for Pfizer medicines? Pfizer has programs that can help. Call 1-866 -706-2400 or visit www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com.