Pregabalin is an antiepileptic drug (intended to combat, reduce or interrupt epileptic seizures), analgesic (relieves pain) and anxiolytic (calms anxiety through depression of the nervous system) intended for neuropathic pain and also for seizures , generalized or not in adults. Next, in detail, we tell you what this drug is for.

What is Pregabalin for?

Pregabalin, in synthesis, is an analgesic, anxiolytic and antiepileptic drug that is used precisely for partial seizures, for neuropathic pain, for more or less acute anxiety attacks and even for fibromyalgia. A pain or neuropathic condition attacks the normal functioning of the somatosensory system, generating pain, stimuli that are generally not the same and processes of dysesthesia, such as abnormal tactile perceptions, leading to some pain or at least discomfort. Sensations of sharp cold, pins in the body, itching, burning or numbness are related to this disorder. Epilepsy is a pathology that derives from an imbalance of electrical activity in an area of ​​the body with its somatic consequence; Fibromyalgia is a disease that exacerbates musculoskeletal pain, from different points of the body and without demonstrable organic alterations; and finally, anxiety disorder is a mental pathology that is characterized by the feeling of fear, a feeling of being overwhelmed by the facts and an inordinate concern that negatively exalts the facts of reality. The Pregabalin fights these varied squares with different effectiveness.

How is Pregabalin used?

Pregabalin is presented as capsule tablets or as an oral solution. There are also slow-release tablets to administer orally. The capsules and oral solution are usually taken two to three times a day, with or without food. The slow-release tablets, on the other hand, are taken once a day after dinner. It is important to take the drug at the same time every day. The instructions should be followed seriously and in case of any doubt it is essential to make the pertinent consultations with the trusted doctor or pharmacist. In the case of the slow-release tablets, they should be swallowed, not crushed or crushed. A low dose is usually prescribed and progressively increased; although it is important not to measure the dose on your own, both in times and in quantities (it is a drug that can generate habit). Finally, it is very important to continue taking the medicine even if the patient feels well; It may take a good number of weeks for the effects of Pregabalin to be felt. Pregabalin is sometimes prescribed for other uses; in any case, the professional will know how to direct and control such situations.

When taking Pregabalin you must take into account some precautions that we list below:

  • Inform your doctor if you are allergic to Pregabalin or any of its elements.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist what other prescription or non-prescription drugs you are taking, vitamins, dietary, nutritional or herbal products.
  • Communicate if you have problems with alcohol and specify if you have done the same with illegal drugs.
  • Communicate if you are a woman if you are pregnant or have plans to become pregnant. Although its effects in humans are not known, Pregabalin in animals has had consequences not only on fertility, but also congenital defects in offspring.
  • Communicate if any kind of surgery is planned, even a dental one.
  • As this medicine can cause drowsiness or dizziness, it is always advisable not to perform tasks that could endanger the patient and third parties. For example, driving a car. The preferable thing is to know well the consequences in the organism by the ingestion and then act or not.
  • Pregabalin can create, believe it or not, certain mental health problems. For example, a small number of patients studied have developed suicidal tendencies, in addition to panic attacks or unusual anger. In this case, especially when combating epilepsy, the pros and cons of consumption must be measured and careful monitoring by specialists must be encouraged.
  • It is not necessary to modify your diet when taking Pregabalin.
  • The best known trade names for Pregabalin are Lyrica and Lunel.

What are the side effects of Pregabalin?

Pregabalin can develop certain side effects that must be taken into account. While some are normal, others deserve immediate communication to the doctor. Some examples: tiredness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, gas, bloating, excited or euphoric mood, speech problems, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, confusion, anxiety, loss loss of balance, lack of coordination, tremors, muscle spasms, weakness, increased appetite, weight gain, or back pain.

However, there are more serious side effects generated by Pregabalin that deserve to be communicated immediately to the professional:

  • Blurred, double or other vision changes.
  • Urticaria.
  • Rash.
  • Itch.
  • Blisters
  • Swelling of the eyes, face, throat, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, head, or neck.
  • Swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, pain, or weakness, especially if accompanied by a fever.
  • Chest pain.

If the person is diabetic, it is essential to take into account that Pregabalin has generated sores on the skin of animals. Taking care of the skin more than usual is essential, in addition to notifying the doctor in cases of redness, sores or skin problems.

If other side effects occur, you should also talk to a professional.

The drug should be out of the reach of children, in a good place, with the container closed and at room temperature. In case of disposing of the medicine, a whole protocol must be followed so as not to affect third parties, especially minors and pets.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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