Pregabalin belongs to the class of medication known as analgesics. It is used to relieve neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (pain from damaged nerves due to diabetes) and postherpetic neuralgia (persisting pain following healing of the rash due to shingles).
Pregabalin is also used to relieve pain associated with fibromyalgia (pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons). It is also useful in managing central neuropathic pain (pain from damaged nerves of the brain and spinal cord).
Pain from damaged nerves may feel sharp, burning, tingling, shooting, or numb. It is not known exactly how pregabalin works, but it is thought to work in the brain to decrease the release of chemicals responsible for pain. For some people, improvement in pain may occur as early as the first week of treatment with pregabalin.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do.It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.