Pregabalin

How It Works:

Pregabalin belongs to group of medications called antiepileptics. It acts by modifying the release of certain substances released by the nerves in the brain (neurotransmitters) to restrict the transfer of pain signals between nerves, thereby reducing pain caused by damage to the nerves, as well as symptoms of fits (seizures).

Side Effects:

irritability, muscle cramp, fatigue, blurred vision, clumsiness, unable to sleep, memory impairment, sore throat.hypersensitivity reactions., joint pain, numbness, feeling of elation, tingling feeling, vomiting, tremor, drowsiness, Increased appetite, Very Common: Dizziness, confusion, tiredness, urge to vomit, difficulty in passing stool, sedation, difficulty with speaking, loose motions, back pain, l, sleepiness, feeling abnormal, gas, dry mouth, headache, weight gain, decrease in sexual interest

Used For:

Pregabalin is used to treat fits (seizures), pain caused by damage to the nerves, and generalized anxiety disorders in adults.

Instructions:

Do not drive or operate machinery after taking pregabalin because you may feel sleepy. Do not start or continue the pregabalin tablets:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to pregabalin or any of the other ingredients of          pregabalin.
  • If you experience blurring or loss of vision, or any changes in eyesight.
  • If you develop thoughts of harming yourself.
  • If you are pregnant.
Doctor’s advice should be considered before taking pregabalin tablets in case of any following disease conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes with weight gain and kidney disease. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects: swelling in the face, lip, tongue, throat, (angioedema) and/ or other organs, sudden muscle pain. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to medication.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is pregabalin a painkiller/antipsychotic/ SSRI/ NSAID/ benzo? No. Pregabalin is ant-epileptic and specifically used to treat fits (seizures), pain caused by damage to the nerves, and generalized anxiety disorders in adults. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.   Q. Is pregabalin/ Lyrica addictive? No. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration.   Q. Is pregabalin/ Lyrica a steroid/ opiate/ narcotic? No. Pregabalin is used to relieve neuropathic pain (pain from damaged nerves) that can occur in your arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, or toes and also used to treat fits (seizure).   Q. Is pregabalin/ Lyrica safe? Pregabalin/ Lyrica is safe at the prescribed dose by the doctor. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.   Q. Is Lyrica available in India? Yes, it is available in India. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.   Q. Is Lyrica and gabapentin the same? Lyrica contains the drug pregabalin which is different from gabapentin. However, both come under category of antiepileptics.   Q. Is pregabalin controlled? Yes, it is controlled drug.   Q. What is Pregeb M 75/ Pregeb M OD 75? These are the brand names of drug pregabalin.   Q. How long can I take pregabalin for? Pregabalin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.   Q. What can I take for Lyrica withdrawal? In order to speed up the withdrawal process, it is recommended to engage in healthy activities such as: getting light exercise, socializing, and staying productive. Additionally it is recommended to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, and consider taking supplements that promote healing. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding this.   Q. Can I take pregabalin with paracetamol/ tramadol/ ibuprofen/ Co-codamol/ codeine/ diazepam / naproxen/ sertraline/ gabapentin/ amitryptiline/ Cymbalta/ Prozac/ Tylenol/ Soma/ Xanax/ Suboxone/ methadone/ zopiclone? Taking other medicines may alter the effects of pregabalin. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.   Q. Does pregabalin make you high/ tired? No. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.   Q. Does pregabalin cause headaches/ constipation/ nausea/ weight gain / hair loss/ high blood pressure/ changes in body weight loss? Pregabalin causing these side effects are rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.   Q. Does pregabalin help with OCD? Pregabalin is being tried in anxiety and OCD and it is being found effective. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.   Q. Can I take Lyrica for back pain, Sciatica, toothache, headache, arthritis, depression? Lyrica is used to treat fits (seizures), pain caused by damage to the nerves, and generalized anxiety disorders in adults. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.   Q. Does Lyrica work for fibromyalgia? Yes. Your doctor may prescribe Lyrica for fibromyalgia.
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