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FDA Approves Generic Fibromyalgia Drug

By July 13, 2012

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NEWSBRIEF: The U.S. FDA has given Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. final approval to produce pregabalin, a generic form of the drug Lyrica, the anti-seizure medication that's approved for treating pain from fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Inc. is about to lose its patent protection on Lyrica, clearing the way for other companies to market the generic form. Generic drugs are generally less expensive - sometimes dramatically so - than their name-brand counterparts. That makes them more likely to be covered by insurance.

Lupin hasn't announced when its pregabalin will hit the market.

Another fibromyalgia drug, Cymbalta (duloxetine), will come out from under patent protect next year. In late 2010, the FDA granted Impax Laboratories permission to start producing generic duloxetine once protection ends.


July 13, 2012 at 10:16 am
(1) Andrea says:

I am SO EXCITED about generic Lyrica coming to the market. Right now, my meds cost around $300 a month. They have worked so well for me that I just suck it up and pay it, but the possibility of having that amount drastically reduced makes me want to cry with joy. I can’t wait!

July 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(2) Arlene says:

The thought of generic Lyrica scares me. I have had bad reactions to many generics, whereas the name brand worked fine. I am blessed with good insurance that covers my Lyrica, but once the generic comes out they will insist I get it or pay a much higher co-pay.

July 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(3) Kim R. says:

This is such GOOD news. I hope it will hit the market SOON!!!

July 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(4) Jessica Eluskie says:

Arlene, your doctor and can make your script brand specific so they can’t fill it with generic. We have to do that with my step sons Depakote for his Epilepsy. I am sensitive to med’s also so hopefully I won’t have any reactions either. Another issue with generic drugs (even though this will be new is that we have found with my step sons there have been shortages) and some with my daughters we just have not been able to get any more with a date unknown as to when they will be available).

July 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(5) rosemary harwood says:

I have not tried any prescription except6 a pain medicine which I have to wean myself off soon. I tried Cymbalta and it was totally USELESS as an antidepressant and a pain reliever for my FM. Anybody else find that?????

July 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm
(6) Abot Bensussen says:

I just wish you could find out why the FDA doesn’t give it’s permission to Xyrem, which is helping so many of us to get good, restorative sleep. Could you investigate this for us? We have no recourse, hoping you can do this, Abby

July 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(7) Katzenmother says:

Rosemary, I found Cymbalta a total wash as well. It took my pulse up to dangerous levels is about all it did. I am glad though for those who it apparently does make a difference for.

July 14, 2012 at 4:11 am
(8) Monica says:

I’ve tried Lyrica and gained 30 lbs. have been tring for 3 years to ge tthe weight off and can’t. Stigma or what? I tried Lyrica and saw no improvement whatsoever.

Actually I’ve had no success with the so called “Fibromyalgia” drugs. The only thing that has helped is pain medication and that doesn’t remove fibro fog, depression, and normal aches and pains, weakness in arms and legs, etc.. The pain medicine helps the stabbing incapicitating pain only.

I’ve had “so called fibromyalgia doctors” tell me they wil call me when they find a cure. I’ve had fibromyalgia doctors see me every 4 months to tell me I’m doing fine but would not give me pain medicaton and did not know as much about new meds for fibromyalgia as I do by keeping up with these reports. Frankly I’m jaded when it comes to doctors who sat they can help peiople with fibromylgtia because I’ve found they can’t because I’ve been seeing these “doctors for the last 11 years and akk they want is money.. I hope those of you out there have a lot more “luck” than I have.

July 14, 2012 at 11:12 am
(9) Vista says:

Thank God! Although my insurance has a prescription plan, with all the meds I take, it is still sooo expensive considering that I haven’t worked in over 6 years due to my Fibro. I finally was awarded SS Disability in March after hiring an attorney and with the help of my Congressman.I simply cannot function without Lyrica and Cymbalta. I went off of both of them for 4 months to try another drug. All I did was cry in deep depression and stayed in bed in constant Fibro flares with horrible pain, Fibro fog, and everything that goes with it. I did lose weight while off of Lyrica. Actually 30 pounds. However, I’ll take the weight as much as I dislike it, considering how much I am helped by Lyrica, until a good replacement is put on the market.

July 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm
(10) Debra Hurley says:

Cymbalta & Lyrica did nothing for my fibro except make me worse.
My doctor recently put me on Neuroton & tramadol, twice a day, and finally I have some relief. I hope this info helps someone.

July 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm
(11) katez says:

No help with cymbalta, horrible horrible drug. I do natural massages, mj tx, daily walks, 2-4 gel Aleve per day for aches. I am improving.

July 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm
(12) chris says:

I am not taking anything for the pain or depression. I do take a sleeping pill and I am reluctant even to do that but insomnia is destroying me and the only time I feel fairly well is if I sleep well. I have tried Lyrica and within 3 days I was bloated up like a whale and I felt so ill. Cymbalta dd nothing for me either. So many meds. I have tried have made my pain worse especially those with Codeine.
I saw an allergist because I thought I had sensitivities to foods that were making the pain worse. He said I have NO allergies. The rheumatologist prescribed a benzo. to help me sleep and I thought I was losing my mind after a week of that. I have eliminated gluten and sugar and now I have barely any appetite and I am afraid to eat in case the pain gets worse.

August 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm
(13) jc kelly says:

Does anyone take a combination of drugs for their fibromyaglia such as tramadol (or Ultram) and an anti depressant? How has the tramadol effected you? Any side effects and if so did they eventually go away. I am sensitive to drugs as well so have to be very careful what I take. What might work for some one else with little side effects does just the opposite for me. Still trying to find the right combination for my fibromyaglia symptoms such as pain, chronic fatigue, fibro fog etc and my osteo arthritis.
I have tried water arthritis classes and they do help if I have the energy to get there. It is an 35 minute drive for me to get there one way.
Thanks for any comments. JC

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January 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm
(15) Shawn Darlene says:

It took the highest dosage of Lyrica to treat my pain and fatigue. I finally felt “normal” . Last year I had to stop taking Lyrica due to its high cost. My quality of life has hit rock bottom. My fatige is such that it is an effert to dress, even to eat. As we who suffer from Fibro, inactivity causes us misery. Activity now means hours of pain instead of relief from stiffness. I have no waking moment without pain. And now it is waking me several times a night to change position. If I must choose Lyrica over food, I choose Lyrica. I have a call into my physician to discuss this. A generic would be the answer to my prayers.

February 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm
(16) marisn says:

So when is this generic coming out? It helps my pain.

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