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A to Z of MS Pregabalin (Lyrica)
Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of neuropathic or nerve pain associated with a number of conditions including multiple sclerosis.
How pregabalin works
It is believed that pregabalin works by calming over stimulated nerve cells, which may be an underlying cause for various types of pain.
How is pregabalin given?
Pregabalin is taken orally as tablets.
Side effects and contraindications
Pregabalin is generally well tolerated with side effects most commonly reported in trials being drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain and fatigue. The extent of the side effects seems to be related to the size of the dose taken. Stopping treatment with pregabalin should be handled gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Pregabalin in the management of central neuropathic pain.
Expert Opinion in Pharmacotherapy 2007;8(17):3035-3041.
Patient Information Leaflets
- Lyrica (EMC website)