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Lyrica – Pfizer Folly?

I was barely paying attention the other day to a LYRICA commercial on T.V. and I thought I heard “suicidal thoughts” mentioned. So I went to the Pfizer website and learned that Pfizer claims that LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in about 1 in 500. I wonder how the FDA can approve such a risky drug. Wouldn’t a reasonable person consider such a substance a dangerous hallucinogenic or depressant?  Taking LYRICA sounds  like a long version of Russian roulette. What exactly are “suicidal actions” anyway – would that include trying to, say – oh, I don’t know – COMMIT SUICIDE? Pfizer does not report the efficacy of this drug on their website, just the odds of getting the side effects of the drug. Here are their own words taken from lyrica.com:

“LYRICA is not for everyone. 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. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.

Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. 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 new or worsening depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, or unusual changes in mood or behavior. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.”

“Do you feel lucky, Punk?”

And that is just the beginning of their litany that they call “Important Safety Information”. I am not trying to make light of this but COME ON!!!! Think about this – you are the unlucky one in 500 who has the “suicidal behavior”-  now picture this – let us say it’s a friday night- so you are supposed to step down from the ledge and call your doc? Hopefully you can control the “suicidal action” during the week-end while you continue to take LYRICA and play phone tag with the doc. REALLY!?!?!?! Sound like a good plan to you?

Do you like those “1 in 500” odds for you or your loved ones? Actually, I think Pfizer may have it about right – LYRICA is not for EVERYONE!!