Ambulance call-outs associated with the misuse of pregabalin (Lyrica) have increased tenfold in Victoria since 2012, mirroring an increase in prescription rates.
Prescriptions of the drug pregabalin to treat sciatica have skyrocketed in recent years. But a new study shows it brings only side effects, and not relief for sufferers.
Many people with moderate to severe chronic pain find it difficult to move around. By contrast, HIV-positive people who had chronic pain are still active.
Unrelieved pain contributes more to human suffering than any other disease.
Lyrica, the brand name for a medicine called pregabalin, is an anti-epileptic drug most commonly used to treat chronic nerve pain - a type of pain caused by abnormality in, or damage to, the nerves.