If you have taken Lyrica® and suffered severe side effects, including suicidal behavior, contact Ken Nunn immediately at 1-800-CALL-KEN. I run a tough law firm that knows pharmaceutical laws and have been standing up for the rights of injured people in communities throughout Indiana for more than 46 years.
Known generically as pregabalin, Lyrica® is used to treat symptoms associated with nerve pain. The drug is also used to treat seizures, migraines, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric diseases. Manufactured by Pfizer, Lyrica® received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004. In 2007, Lyrica® became the first medication approved specifically for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Lyrica® has been marketed as a safe substitute for Neurontin®, a popular drug for nerve pain that was found to have dangerous side effects. However, like Neurontin®, Lyrica® now has been shown to cause an increased risk of suicide and suicidal behavior. Lyrica® was included in a review of about 200 different clinical studies involving nearly 44,000 individuals taking certain epilepsy drugs or a placebo, which found that users were twice as likely to experience suicidal behavior. The suicide problems included reports of self-inflicted death, suicide attempts, acts to prepare for suicide, and documented thoughts of committing suicide.
Other common side effects of Lyrica® can include:
- Blurred vision
- Weight gain
- Swelling (edema)
- Muscle problems
- Altered perception
- Reproductive problems in males
In 2009, Lyrica® was one of four drugs that a Pfizer subsidiary pleaded guilty to misbranding “with the intent to defraud or mislead.” Pfizer had been accused of illegally promoting the drugs and causing false claims to be submitted to government healthcare programs for uses that were not medically accepted. Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion in settlement and entered a corporate integrity agreement promising to use better marketing practices in the future. Under the latest agreement, Pfizer must create a way for doctors to report questionable conduct by Pfizer sales representatives.
It’s common for drug companies to use aggressive marketing campaigns to promote their drugs. When companies act negligently and allow a dangerous drug into the marketplace, it is you as the consumer who is hurt while the company makes huge profits. Negligent drug companies must be held liable for the lives they destroy.
If you or a loved one have suffered side effects due to Lyrica®, please contact me immediately. You need to file a Lyrica® lawsuit through a strong drug injury law firm. Everyone knows if you have been hurt by a pharmaceutical company through negligence you call Ken Nunn. Contact me today at 1-800-CALL-KEN for a free consultation. Don’t hesitate! Put a fighter on your side.