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Pregabalin is used to treat nerve pain after an injury.

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How to take - Side Effects - Dosage - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

Some people continue to feel pain long after their original injury has cleared, which may be because the nerves around the affected area are damaged.

Talk to one of our doctors about your pain and how long it’s been going on. They’ll assess your symptoms and decide if pregabalin could help you.

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Pregabalin Dosage

You must take pregabalin exactly as your doctor tells you. Changing the size or frequency of your dose without talking to your doctor can be dangerous.

For example, if you stop taking pregabalin suddenly, you risk causing headaches, sickness, diarrhoea, insomnia and anxiety. This could also increase your chance of seizures if you have a history of epilepsy. Your doctor will plan your course of treatment safely, so that you gradually stop taking pregabalin.

If you accidentally miss a dose, you can take it when you remember. The exception to this is if it’s time for your next dose anyway. In this case, don’t take a double dose. It won’t make your medicine any more effective and could increase your chance of side effects.

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What Are The Side Effects of Pregabalin?

Some people might get side effects from taking pregabalin. The more common ones include:

  • Feeling drowsy, dizzy or light-headed
  • Bruising or bleeding easily - tell your doctor if this becomes severe, or you notice blood in your poo
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling hungry all the time
  • Weight gain

There are also a few side effects that, while they occur rarely, can be serious. You need to tell a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Incontinence
  • Skin problems
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Insomnia

Very rarely, pregabalin can lead to an allergic reaction. Symptoms such as a swollen face, neck or lips and trouble breathing require emergency medical attention.

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Things To Avoid

Pregabalin can react with a number of medicines, while it can also be unsuitable for people with certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor about:

  • Medicines you’re taking
  • Allergies you have
  • Medical conditions affecting your heart, liver or kidney
  • Any history of depression or epilepsy

Can You Drink Alcohol While You’re On Pregabalin?

You shouldn’t drink alcohol while you’re on pregabalin, as it can make side effects such as drowsiness worse.

As we’ve already mentioned, you mustn’t stop taking pregabalin suddenly, so you also shouldn’t take a ‘day off’ from your medicine in order to drink.

Is It Safe To Take Pregabalin During Pregnancy?

It’s thought that there’s a potential risk of birth defects in unborn babies if they’re exposed to pregabalin.

Not only should pregnant mothers avoid it, it’s also not advisable for either men or women who are trying to conceive with their partner.

There haven’t been enough studies carried out on the effects of pregabalin in breast milk, so you should avoid breastfeeding your baby while taking this drug.

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If your neuropathic pain is causing you problems, talk to one of our doctors about whether pregabalin could be the right medication for you. If it is, they can write you a prescription straight away that can be collected from your nearest pharmacy.

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