Pregabalin extended-release tablets

March 23, 2018

Pregabalin extended-release tablets

What is this medicine?

PREGABALIN (pre GAB a lin) is used to treat nerve pain from diabetes and shingles.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medicine. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain or chest tightness

  • confusion

  • loss of balance or coordination

  • loss of memory

  • signs and symptoms of muscle injury like dark urine; trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine; unusually weak or tired; muscle pain or side or back pain

  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes

  • swelling of the ankles, feet, hands

  • uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements

  • unusual bruising or bleeding

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness

  • dry mouth

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • tiredness

  • tremors

  • trouble sleeping

  • weight gain

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for blood pressure like captopril, enalapril, or lisinopril

  • certain medicines for diabetes, like pioglitazone or rosiglitazone

  • narcotic medicines for pain

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.

This medicine may cause accidental overdose and death if it taken by other adults, children, or pets. Mix any unused medicine with a substance like cat litter or coffee grounds. Then throw the medicine away in a sealed container like a sealed bag or a coffee can with a lid. Do not use the medicine after the expiration date.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F).

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding disorders

  • heart disease

  • history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem

  • kidney disease

  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to pregabalin, gabapentin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. You may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine has caused reduced sperm counts in some men. This may interfere with the ability to father a child. You should talk to your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned about your fertility.

Updated:  

March 23, 2018