Pregabalin is an anti-epileptic or anti-convulsant drug. It acts as a painkiller relieving pain caused by nerve damage. Certain types of seizures are also treated with pregabalin. The common brand name for pregabalin is ‘Lyrica’.
On the drug addiction spectrum, pregabalin seems to be on the milder side and is not considered as addictive as other drugs. However, dangers do exist.
It is a prescription drug and thus is only sold when prescribed to a person. Being a prescription drug, there are set doses for it, determined by the physician on cases to case basis. This means, consuming the drug in an exceeding quantity could be dangerous. Higher doses run the risk of addiction and drug abuse. One may develop dependence as well. Dizziness and drowsiness are common side effects. Warnings related to suicidal thoughts are also given related to pregabalin, as it could induce such thoughts.
More serious side effects include depression and anxiety, panic attacks, and even heart problems. These side effects can be further amplified if pregabalin is taken along with alcohol. We will assess this lethal combination in more detail within this article. We will glance at whether or not Lyrica and alcohol can be combined, and if not, then what are the reasons. Further, we will highlight the side effects are potential dangers of mixing the two. Lastly, we will consider the likelihood of developing drug dependency caused by pregabalin.