Pregabalin is used to treat epilepsy and anxiety. It is also taken to treat nerve pain. Nerve pain can be caused by different illnesses including diabetes and shingles, or an injury.
Pregabalin is usually taken 2 or 3 times a day. You can take it with or without food.
You don't have to have epilepsy for pregabalin to help with pain or anxiety.
It takes at least a few weeks for pregabalin to work.
The side effects of pregabalin are usually mild and go away by themselves. The most common ones are feeling sleepy, dizziness and headaches.
Pregabalin is also called by the brand names Lyrica, Alzain, Lecaent and Rewisca.
Who can and cannot take pregabalin
Pregabalin is only for adults. Do not give it to children under the age of 18.
Pregabalin is not suitable for some people:
To make sure pregabalin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you:
have ever had an allergic reaction to pregabalin or another medicine
have ever abused or been addicted to a medicine
are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant or are breastfeeding
are on a controlled sodium or potassium diet, or your kidneys don't work well – pregabalin liquid contains sodium and potassium, speak to your doctor before taking it
How to take it
You can take pregabalin with or without food, but it's best to be consistent each day. Try to space your doses evenly through the day.
Swallow pregabalin capsules whole with a drink of water or juice. Do not chew them.
If you are taking pregabalin as a liquid, it will come with a syringe or spoon to measure your dose. Do not use a kitchen spoon as it will not give the right amount. If you do not have a measuring spoon or syringe, ask your pharmacist for one.