Systematic (IUPAC) name
Formula C 8 H 17 N O 2
Mol. mass 159.23 g.mol -1
Half life 5–6.5 hours
(Au), C (U.S.)
(Au), POM (UK), Schedule V (U.S.)
Pregabalin ( INN) ( pronounced /prɨˈgæbəlɨn/) is an anticonvulsant drug used for neuropathic pain, as an adjunct therapy for partial seizures, and in generalized anxiety disorder. It was designed as a more potent successor to gabapentin. Pregabalin is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Lyrica.
Recent studies have shown that pregabalin is effective at treating chronic pain in disorders such as
fibromyalgia and spinal cord injury 
It is considered to have a dependence liability if misused, and is classified as a Schedule V drug in the U.S.
Additional recommended knowledge
Pregabalin was initially developed by medicinal chemist Richard Bruce Silverman at Northwestern University in the United States. The drug was approved in the European Union in 2004. Pregabalin received U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in treating epilepsy, diabetic neuropathy pain and post-herpetic neuralgia pain in June 2005, and appeared on the U.S. market in fall 2005.
gabapentin, pregabalin binds to the α2δ subunit of the voltage-dependent calcium channel in the central nervous system. However, the exact mechanism of action is unknown.
Pregabalin is indicated for:
Treatment of neuropathic pain in adults
Adjunctive therapy in adults with partial seizures with or without secondary generalization
Fibromyalgia pain. The FDA has approved Pregabalin as an indicated use on June 21, 2007 .
 Adverse effects
Adverse drug reactions associated with the use of pregabalin include: 
Very common (>10% of patients): dizziness, drowsiness
Common (1–10% of patients): visual disturbance (including blurred vision, diplopia), ataxia, dysarthria, tremor, lethargy, memory impairment, euphoria, weight gain, constipation, dry mouth, peripheral edema, loss or decrease of libido, erectile dysfunction
Infrequent (0.1–1% of patients): depression, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, myoclonus, hypoaesthesia, hyperaesthesia, tachycardia, excessive salivation, sweating, flushing, rash, muscle cramp, myalgia, arthralgia, urinary incontinence, dysuria, thrombocytopenia, Kidney calculus
Rare (<0.1% of patients): neutropenia, first degree heart block, hypotension, hypertension, pancreatitis, dysphagia, oliguria, rhabdomyolysis
No pharmacokinetic interactions have been demonstrated
in vivo. The manufacturer notes some potential pharmacological interactions with oxycodone, lorazepam and ethanol (alcohol). Concurrent use may increase the central nervous system effects of these medications (e.g. drowsiness, effects on concentration).
Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice. Schedules of controlled substances: placement of pregabalin into schedule V. Final rule. Fed Regist 2005;70(144):43633-5. PMID 16050051 ^
FDA Approves First Drug for Treating Fibromyalgia. Retrieved on 2007-07-04. ^
"Pfizer's Lyrica Approved for the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in Europe". Press release. Retrieved on 2007-07-04. ^ ^
a Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. Lyrica (Australian Approved Product Information). West Ryde: Pfizer; 2006. b Rossi S, editor. ^ Australian Medicines Handbook 2006. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook; 2006. ISBN 0-9757919-2-3
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