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Pregabalin

Uses

This medicine is used to manage seizures. It is used to treat fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain in individuals with diabetes, herpes zoster, or spinal cord damage.

IUPAC name: (3S)-3-(aminomethyl)-5-methylhexanoic acid

Drug class: anticonvulsant or antiepileptic ; analgesic; fibromyalgia agent

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This drug is a GABA analog and works as an anti-epileptic medicine by decreasing the abnormal activity of nerve impulses in the brain that produce seizures. It also has analgesic properties, which are used to relieve nerve pain by lowering the pain signals carried out by the body’s injured nerves.

 Side effects

 It may cause dizziness, fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, headache, tiredness, vision problems, disorientation, anxiety, nausea, dry mouth, problem with speech, lack of concentration, weight gain, sedation, muscle pain, swelling in hands and feet.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it, or to other anticonvulsant drugs, or if you have other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of kidney problems, cardiac disease, liver disease, drug abuse, COPD or other lung/breathing problems, edema,

If you’ve had any type of surgery,

Limit your alcohol usage while taking pregabalin since it increases your chances of developing vision problems, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older adults and children.

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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