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If you have nerve pain, a healthcare provider may prescribe Lyrica® (pregabalin). This medication is specifically approved to treat chronic nerve pain that occurs after an outbreak of shingles (known medically as postherpetic neuralgia), due to diabetes (known medically as diabetic neuropathy), or due to spinal cord injury.
 
Using Lyrica for nerve pain was evaluated in several clinical studies. In these studies, people who took the drug experienced less pain, compared to those not taking it. Some people experienced pain relief quickly, within one week of starting treatment.
 
Although it is not exactly clear how Lyrica works, this medication is believed to affect specific calcium channels in the central nervous system.
 
(Click Lyrica Uses for more information on using Lyrica for nerve pain. This article also discusses how the medication works, whether it is safe for use in children, and possible off-label uses.)
 
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