Posted by: WILLIE | 2009-09-23


My medical fund declines to pay for Lyrica prescribed by an Urologist. The Lyrica suppresses the neurological pain that I am experiencing as a result of numerous nerves that were severed / damaged during the removal of a cancerous prostate and lymph nodes. Can you possibly recommend a substitute for Lyrica in order to relieve me from the burden of paying myself ?

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Hi Willie

Although Lyrica is the only specialist-drug for neuropathic pain, your doctor does have other treatment options. Unfortunately none of these are generics of Lyrica (there are none) and will require a NEW prescription from your doctor before you'd be able to buy it. My suggestion would be to call your doctor and explain that the medical aid does not pay for lyrica. Ask him to fax you a prescription for an alternative. All the best!

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