Lyrica is the brand name for a prescription medicine called pregabalin. Although it is an anticonvulsant, or an anti-epileptic drug, pregabalin is commonly prescribed to alleviate nerve or neuropathic pain – a type of pain caused by damage to, or a disease affecting, nerves.
Neuropathic pain doesn’t normally respond to common painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetemol. This is because the mechanisms that cause neuropathic pain are different to the underlying causes of other pain.
Authors: The Conversation Contributor