Also Known As: Lyrica

Category: Depressant

WHAT IS IT?

Pregabalin is a prescription only medicine used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain. 

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Pregabalin is manufactured as either white, white and orange or orange capsules. 

HOW IT'S TAKEN

Pregabalin capsules are normally swallowed.

EFFECTS

Pregabalin can produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness. It can also enhance/increase the euphoric effects of other drugs, like opiates.

RISKS

Pregabalin can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, all of which can put you at risk of hurting yourself. Manufacturers recommend that, when used as a medicine, pregabalin is not used by women who are breast feeding and should only be used by pregnant women if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Pregabalin’s most common side effects include:

  • Constipation
  • Vomiting and feelings of wanting to vomit
  • Flatulence
  • Poor muscle control
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Visual disturbances, like blurred vision.

Less commonly, pregabalin can cause:

  • Hallucinations
  • Heart problems (including heart failure)
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Panic attacks.
LEGAL STATUS

Pregabalin is a prescription only medicine and can only be prescribed following a consultation with a doctor.