Pregabalin (By mouth)

Introduction

Pregabalin (pre-GA-ba-lin)

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Also treats partial-onset seizures in adults.

Brand Name(s)

Lyrica

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pregabalin.

How to Use This Medicine

Capsule, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one.
  • Pregabalin may be used together with other seizure medicines. Keep using all of your medicines unless your doctor tells you to stop.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using diabetes medicine that you take by mouth (such as pioglitazone, rosiglitazone, Actoplus Met®, Actos®, Avandia®) or an ACE inhibitor (blood pressure medicine, such as benazepril, enalapril, lisinopril, Lotrel®, Vasotec®, Zestoretic®, Zestril®).
  • Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives. Tell your doctor if you are also using a pain medicine (such as oxycodone, OxyContin®) or medicine for anxiety (such as lorazepam, Ativan®).
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, heart failure, heart rhythm problems, diabetes, edema (swelling caused by fluid retention), a bleeding disorder, or low numbers of blood platelets. Tell your doctor if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have had depression or other mood problems. This medicine may cause unusual thoughts or behavior, such as agitation, anger, or extreme happiness. It may also cause worsened depression, or suicidal thoughts and behavior. Tell your doctor right away if you or your caregiver notice any sudden or unusual mood or thought changes.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially with a fever or a general ill feeling.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. It may also cause blurry or double vision. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
  • Muscle pain, soreness, weakness with fever or general ill feeling
  • Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Severe dizziness or drowsiness
  • Sudden mood changes, unusual thoughts or behavior such as extreme happiness or depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Swelling in your throat, head, or neck
  • Uneven heartbeat
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Confusion, trouble concentrating
  • Dry mouth, constipation
  • Mild tiredness

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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