Pregabalin is a prescription medicine. It's important to take it as instructed by your doctor.
How much will I take?
The usual dose of pregabalin is between 150mg and 600mg a day split into 2 or 3 separate doses.
If you are taking pregabalin as a liquid, 2.5ml is usually the same as taking a single 50mg capsule.
How to take it
You can take pregabalin with or without food, but it's best to be consistent each day. Try to space your doses evenly through the day.
Swallow pregabalin capsules whole with a drink of water or juice. Do not chew them.
If you are taking pregabalin as a liquid, it will come with a syringe or spoon to measure your dose. If you don't have a syringe or spoon, ask your pharmacist for one.
Will my dose go up or down?
To prevent side effects, your doctor will prescribe a low dose to start with and then increase it over a few days.
Once you find a dose that suits you, it will usually then stay the same.
How long will I take it for?
If you have epilepsy, it is likely that once your illness is under control you will continue to take pregabalin for many years.
If you are taking pregabalin for nerve pain or anxiety it is likely that once your symptoms have gone you will continue to take it for several months to stop them coming back.
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is within 2 hours of the next dose, it is better to leave out the missed dose and take your next dose as normal.
Never take 2 doses at the same time. Never take an extra dose to make up for a forgotten one.
If you have epilepsy, it's important to take this medicine regularly. Missing doses may trigger a seizure.
If you forget doses often, it may help to set an alarm to remind you. You could also ask your pharmacist for advice on other ways to help you remember to take your medicine.
What if I take too much?
Taking too much pregabalin by accident may cause unpleasant side effects including:
- feeling sleepy
- feeling confused or agitated
- passing out