Just thought this might help.... Gabapentin is the generic name for Neurontin which is manufactured by Pfizer Corporation... When Pfizer lost the exclusive patent for Neurontin, the generic form became available... at that time Pfizer did not want to lose their hold on the market therefore developed Lyrica. Lyrica (Pregabalin) is a essentially a second generation of Neurontin. You can find more information at www.pfizer.com
Prescribing info w/chemical info:
Lyrica is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Lyrica also affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system.
Lyrica is used to control seizures and to treat fibromyalgia. It is also used to treat pain caused by nerve damage in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy) or herpes zoster (post-herpetic neuralgia).
Lyrica may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Gabapentin affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of nerve pain
. The exact way that gabapentin works to prevent seizures and nerve pain is unknown.
Gabapentin is used with other drugs in the treatment of some types of seizures associated with epilepsy and for the management of postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain caused by the herpes zoster virus or shingles infection).
Gabapentin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.