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PREGABALIN

Brand Name(s) : Lyrica
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

PREGABALIN WARNINGS

Pregabalin should be used with caution in:

  • Diabetes,
  • spinal cord injuries,
  • cardiovascular problems,
  • kidney problems,
  • elderly patients,
  • suicidal tendencies.

It should not be used in:

  • Allergies to pregabalin or any of the other ingredients in the medicine.

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

This medicine does not require any special storage conditions

PREGABALIN USES

What is it used for?

  • Pregabalin is used in treating a variety of conditions.
  • It is an antiepileptic.
  • It is used to treat pain caused by damage to nerves, epilepsy and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

Listed below are the typical uses of pregabalin.

  • Neuropathic pain (pain caused by damage to the nerves). A variety of diseases can cause peripheral neuropathic pain, such as diabetes or shingles.
  • Treatment of a certain form of epilepsy (partial seizures with or without secondary generalisation) in adults when current treatment is not controlling the condition. It is used in combination with other anti-epileptic treatments.
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in adults.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth usually twice or three times a day with or without food.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • It may take some time before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Pregabalin may produce dizziness, sleepiness and decreased concentration. You should not drive, operate complex machinery or engage in other potentially hazardous activities until you know whether this medication affects your ability to perform these activities. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

PREGABALIN SIDE EFFECTS

  • Dizziness,
  • tiredness,
  • increased appetite ,
  • feeling of elation,
  • confusion,
  • changes in sexual interest,
  • irritability,
  • disturbance in attention,
  • clumsiness,
  • memory impairment,
  • tremor,
  • difficulty with speaking,
  • tingling feeling,
  • blurred vision,
  • double vision,
  • vertigo,
  • dry mouth,
  • constipation,
  • vomiting (being sick),
  • flatulence,
  • difficulties with erection,
  • swelling of the extremities,
  • swelling,
  • feeling drunk,
  • abnormal style of walking,
  • weight gain.
If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • swollen face or tongue,
  • skin turns red and starts to blister or peel,
  • see also symptoms of a serious allergic reaction below.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website

PREGABALIN PRECAUTIONS

Before taking pregabalin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antiepileptics; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of:

  • Allergies to pregabalin or any of the other ingredients in the medicine.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • Diabetes,
  • spinal cord injuries,
  • cardiovascular problems,
  • kidney problems,
  • elderly patients,
  • suicidal tendencies.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Do not take alcohol while taking pregabalin.

The elderly: the elderly are able to take pregabalin unless they have kidney problems.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Pregabalin should not be taken if you are, or are planning to become pregnant, unless clearly necessary.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Pregabalin is not recommended if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

PREGABALIN INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: none known.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

  • Oxycodone – (used as a pain-killer)
  • Lorazepam – (used for treating anxiety)
  • Alcohol.

This information does notcontain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using pregabalin, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

PREGABALIN OVERDOSE

Taking too much pregabalin may cause the following: sleepiness, confused state, agitation, and restlessness.

People who have taken too much pregabalin, should contact their doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency unit immediately. Take your box or bottle of pregabalin capsules with you.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of pregabalin or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111 or NHS Direct. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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