Pregabalin is a prescription drug. It comes in three forms: a capsule, a solution, and an extended-release tablet. All forms are taken by mouth.
Pregabalin oral capsule is available as the brand-name drug Lyrica. It isn’t available as a generic drug.
Pregabalin oral capsule may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
Pregabalin is a controlled substance. Your doctor will closely monitor your use of this drug.
Why it’s used
Pregabalin oral capsule is used to treat:
- neuropathic pain caused by damaged nerves due to diabetes, shingles, or spinal cord injury
- fibromyalgia (pain all over your body)
- partial onset seizures when taken with other seizure drugs
How it works
Pregabalin belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t known exactly how pregabalin works. It’s believed to work by calming the damaged or overactive nerves in your body that may cause pain or seizures.
Pregabalin oral capsule can cause dizziness, sleepiness, and blurry vision. It may affect your ability to think, see, or move. You shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do other tasks that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you.
Pregabalin can also cause other side effects.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of pregabalin can include:
- trouble concentrating
- blurry vision
- dry mouth
- weight gain
- swelling of your hands or feet
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Serious allergic reactions. These reactions may be life-threatening. Symptoms can include:
- swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat, or neck
- trouble breathing
- rash, hives (raised bumps), or blisters
- Suicidal thoughts or actions. Symptoms can include:
- thoughts of suicide or dying
- attempts to commit suicide
- new or worsened depression or anxiety
- feeling agitated or restless
- panic attacks
- trouble sleeping
- new or worsened irritability
- acting aggressive, angry, or violent
- acting on dangerous impulses
- mania (an extreme increase in activity and talking)
- other unusual changes in behavior or mood
- Heart problems. Symptoms can include:
- swelling of your hands, legs, or feet
- chest pain
- Dizziness and sleepiness
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.