Thursday, April 23, 2015


It doesn't matter.
Every time I watch it.
Every single time.
I get really ticked off.

What am I talking about? I am talking about the truly amazing Lyrica commercial that's on TV. I can be in another room and hear, "I used to be active," in the pseudo-pain-filled voice designed to elicit a poor-pitiful-me response and I can feel my blood pressure start to rise.

Lyrica is Pfizer's number one selling drug and generates approximately 5.2 billion dollars in revenue for the company. I really don't understand how it got approved for Fibromyalgia. The side effects are frightening. I don't want to tell people not to take Lyrica. Some people have been helped and experience very mild side effects. I don't want to tick people off so maybe I should stick to the commercial. I would, however, like to see the women accurately portray the pain. Maybe one of the actors should look like something the cat dragged in. 

One of my favorites is the female architect. She's in full makeup and smiling. She puts on her hard hat, gathers her plans and sails out the door. Now, I used to work in new homes and would have to go on-site in homes that were anywhere from framed to complete. Sorry, but Lyrica just wouldn't cut it.

And I wouldn't be smiling.
Snarling is more like it.

Anyway, I noticed that the women, with the exception of the architect, on the commercial aren't thin. Does that mean that they've already experienced the weight gain from Lyrica or are they just starting out? Then, the commercial seems to tell the public that these poor people who are experiencing horrible pain can just take one of their pills and all will be right with the world. Does that mean if we don't take Lyrica we cannot be well? Or, if we choose not to, then maybe we want to be sick? 

Imagine that. 

You can flick that pesky fly of pain off your shoulder with just a little pill.

All the pain will go away and your life will resume.

Oh joy.

Everyone will get better.

But I still hate that fricking commercial.

By the way, here's the link to the FDA flyer on Lyrica. 

Click here.


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