What is Pregabalin?

What is Pregabalin?

“Pregabalin is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing the number of pain signals that are sent out by damaged nerves in the body” [1]

Pregabalin (pronounced pre gab’ a lin), is prescribed by pain specialists at the London Pain Clinic, to ameliorate patients’ damaged nerve pain (AKA neuropathic pain). The latter is normally caused by long-term, progressive nerve disease; or is the result of a disease (such as diabetes or shingles), infection, or injury to the nerves (which transmit information between the brain and spinal cord from the skin, muscles and parts of the body) [1].

This popular medication, which is delivered via capsules, an oral liquid, or extended-release (long-acting) tablets, is a crucial, much needed quick remedy, which can help counter the unbearable chronic neuropathic pain which can suddenly flare up out of the blue without any apparent pain-inducing factor or event. Further, Pregabalin is used to anxiety, as well as fibromyalgia (a chronic condition which can generate pain, tenderness, stiff muscles, and insomnia). Moreover, it is also beneficial for the treatment of certain types of seizures [1].

Countless people suffer from neuropathic pain generated by damaged nerves all over the body. Indeed, it may be prevalent in your feet, toes, legs, arms, hands and fingers. Of note, if you have experienced an attack of shingles, you can still suffer from PHN even after the bout is over. PHN is a painful condition which impacts the nerve fibres and skin, resulting in unbearable deep, sharp, stabbing, burning aches and pains [1].

So How Does Pregabalin Work?

This pharmaceutical works in various different ways:
• If you suffer from nerve pain, Pregabalin blocks your pain by hindering the automatic pain messages which travel through the brain and down the spine
• If you are epileptic, Pregabalin blocks seizures by lowering your brain’s abnormal electrical activity
• If you are subject to anxiety issues, Pregabalin prevents your brain from discharging the chemicals which make you feel anxious [2].
The Main Facts About Pregabalin
• You can take Pregabalin with or without food. Generally speaking, this medication is taken 2 or 3 times per day. After a full examination and reviewing your medical history, your Pain Specialist will give you a personalised treatment plan, which may also include other forms of pain treatment
• If you want to treat your pain or anxiety with Pregabalin, you do not have to suffer from epilepsy
• Pregabalin needs at least several weeks to work
• Side effects (which involve headaches, dizziness and feeling tired), are normally mild, and dissipate on their own accord
• Pregabalin is also referred to by its brand names: Rewisca, Lecaent, Lyrica, and Alzain [2].
Is Pregabalin Suitable For Everyone?
Pregabalin is not suitable for all patients, and is only prescribed to adults over 18 years of age. When you book your first appointment with a Specialist Pain Consultant, be sure to inform your doctor if you:
• Have ever suffered an allergic reaction to any medication including Pregabalin

• Whether you have ever been addicted to, or have abused any form of medication
• If you have kidney problems, or are on a controlled potassium or sodium diet. – This is because pregabalin liquid contains potassium and sodium

• Are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant [2].

[1]. National Institutes for Health (NIH) US National Library of Medicine (2021). “Pregabalin.” https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605045.html
[2]. NHS (2018). “Pregabalin.”