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Is Lyrica safe?
LaWana71 posted:
Can you safely take Lyrica, for back and nerve pain, if you are a heart patient? I have had a silent heart attack but don't know when it happened. I have a stent in my right coronary artery. I am doing great at this time. I carefully watch what i eat, no red meat, very little salt etc..Thanks for any reply!
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However, please see your doctor before stopping or starting any medication. And make sure any doctor prescribing for you has a complete, up-to-date medical history!

cardiostarusa1 responded:

Safety matters can not be properly addressed via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions).

Generalized info-only

Patients with a history of heart disease or kidney failure should inform their doctor when taking Lyrica.

Remember, you and your doctor are a team. So be sure to ask questions and keep him or her informed if you are feeling side effects.

Additionally here, coronary stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment, as it doesn't address the disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (may/can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition requiring a continuum of care.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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