Pregabalin is used to treat a number of illnesses, typically it is a anti-epilepsy drug that is also prescribed to individuals suffering from nerve damage, fibromyalgia and other neuropathic pain conditions. Pregabalin can control the nerve activity in the brain preventing seizures from occuring.
What is Pregabalin (Lyrica)?
Lyrica is prescribed to treat the symptoms of epilepsy and anxiety, as well as nerve pain. It works in a number of different ways, which is why it is a solution to a variety of conditions. It can control and interfere with nerve and electrical activity within the brain and body. In doing this it is able to prevent seizures from occurring and restricts your brain from releasing chemicals into your body which create anxiety. You may also have heard of Lyrica by its brand name, Pregabalin.
Pregabalin Dose and Strength
Pregabalin (Lyrica) comes in a variety of strengths from 50-300mg. Here at Medicine Direct UK we sell the most commonly prescribed and used strengths of 75mg, 100mg, 150mg and 300mg available to patients who wish to buy online in the UK
75mg is prescribed as the initial treatment for neuropathic pains. The course will begin as two 75mg doses per day. It may then be increased to 100mg 3 times a day after one week if necessary.
After an initial course patients are generally increased to a 100mg dosage of Pregabalin (Lyrica) to treat nerve pain.
This strength can be taken twice a day if the 75mg dose was not sufficient. 150mg is the recommended dose to treat seizures.
300mg is the strongest available dose of Pregabalin. It is commonly used twice a day to treat nerve pain related to a spinal injury.
How should Pregabalin be taken?
Pregabalin is usually taken 2-3 times a day as a tablet. You should swallow it whole with a glass of water. It does not matter if you take it before or after eating. Try and space the doses evenly. It is important to remember when you need to take your net dose. Especially when treating epilepsy.
A missed dose may trigger a seizure. If you have problems remembering, try setting a reminder on your phone or incorporating it into your meal schedule or routine. If you do forget your dose you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if this would mean that you are taking it within 2 hours of the next tablet then skip the pill and continue the course as normal. You must not take two tablets at once as this will increase the risk of suffering from side effects.
- Neuropathic pain caused by spinal injury
Doctors will usually begin treatment on a 75 mg dose to be taken twice a day. It will be increased to a dosage between 150mg – 600mg to be taken daily. 600mg daily doses will only be given to those who did not have sufficient pain relief taking 300mg.
Patients are usually started on 150mg, by taking two 75mg per day. The maximum dose of pregabalin used to treat epilepsy is 600mg. This will only be prescribed to individuals based on their tolerance of lower strengths.
Pregabalin Side Effects
It is rare to suffer from side effects when taking Lyrica, as it is deemed to be a very safe medicine. However, it is best to be aware of the potential side effects so that you can recognise them if they occur. If you think you are suffering from side effects and are worried, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If the side effects are more severe, seek emergency medical care.
Common Side Effects
- Feeling tired or sleepy
- Change in your mood
- Swelling of the the limbs
- Distorted vision
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Unintentional weight gain (This is due to Lyrica sometimes increasing appetite)
- If you have diabetes your blood sugars may be affected.
Uncommon Side Effects
- Blood in urine
- Increased frequency of urination
- Severe dizziness or faintness
- Finding it difficult to breath easily
- Depressive thoughts
In rare cases patients taking Lyrica can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:
- Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
- Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
- Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
- Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
How can I buy Pregabalin (Lyrica) online in the UK?
If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Lyrica online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Lyrica, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.
What is Pregabalin used for?
Pregabalin is used for a range of things. It can be prescribed to treat epilepsy, nerve pain or migraines. The dosage and strength you will take will be dependent on your condition.
Is pregabalin safe to take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?
As of yet, there is not any firm evidence to suggest that Lyrica is dangerous to use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding. However, for safety doctors usually do not recommend taking it. If you are already taking Lyrica and become pregnant you must not suddenly stop taking the medicine before consulting your doctor. If you stop taking Lyrica it may trigger a seizure which will put your baby in danger.
Moreover, if you are currently trying to conceive or if you are pregnant and taking Pregabalin it is recommended to take more than the usual guideline of folic acid, instead take at least 400mcg to ensure the baby grows healthily. It is unclear if Lyrica can affect your breast milk. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned as they may prescribe you an alternative medicine.
Pregabalin vs Gabapentin
Pregabalin and Gabapentin share many similarities due to the fact that they both treat many of the same conditions. There are however, a number of differences between the two drugs, most commonly the side effects that are asosciated with both Pregabalin (lyrica) and Gabapentin.
Gabapentin also has a number of non FDA approved uses to treat a number of conditions such as, hiccups, alcohol withdrawal, cocaine withdrawal, fibromyalgia and hot flushes.
Both Pregabalin and Gabapentin are primarily used as anti epileptic drugs and are used to treat seisures, nerve damage and pain, otherwise known as Neuropathic pain.
You can view the full list of similarities between Pregabalin and Gabapentin
Pregabalin (Lyrica) and alcohol
During the initial course of Lyrica, it is best to not drink alcohol so that you can gauge how it affects your body and realise if it causes any side effects. After this you can drink whilst taking it. However, it can make you feel sleepy and lose your focus.
Pregabalin long term use
Yes, it is safe to continue taking Lyrica for long periods of time. In fact, for the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy you may even be taking it for several years. One of the only risks of using Lyrica long term is that some people have become addicted to the medicine. This means that if you were to stop taking it, your body would show signs of withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include nausea and headaches, trouble sleeping and sweating.
Pregabalin Withdrawal Symptoms
If you suddenly stop taking pregabalin you may experience withdrawal symptoms. This will happen if it has begun building up in your body. Speak to your doctor before coming off pregabalin as they will be able to give you a reduced schedule to ease your body off it slowly and avoid this.
If you are taking Pregabalin to treat epilepsy, you must not suddenly stop taking it. If you were to stop it could trigger a seizure. You must first speak to your doctor and they will advise you on the best course of action.
Pregabalin abuse and addiction
Pregabalin can be a highly addictive drug due to way that it can make individuals taking it feel very calm and relaxed and should under no circumstances be used in a recreational manner. Pregabalin is an anti-epilepsy and neuropathic pain relief drug and should not be used for any reasons other than that.
Due to the potential pregabalin abuse and addiction that can affect a number of individuals, it is essential that you provide our UK doctors with as much information as possible regarding your conditions. Our doctors will only prescribe you with this medication if your GP has prescribed you with it in the past. If our doctor suspects that you are trying to order pregabalin for recreational use, your order will be rejected.
If abused, and used in a recreational manner; pregabalin can cause serious risk to an individual’s health. Due to the growing popularity of the drug and as a result, the growing number of serious side effects and risks associated with it, there have been many calls for pregabalin to be made a class C drug.
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