Pregabalin is used to treat pain caused by fibromyalgia, or nerve pain in people with diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), herpes zoster (post-herpetic neuralgia ), or spinal cord injury. Pregabalin is also used with other medications to treat partial-onset seizures in adults and children aged at least 1 month.

Pregabalin is a medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as anticonvulsants or antiepileptics. It is most commonly recognized by the brand name Lyrica. Pregabalin is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, primarily as an antiepileptic, but also for managing certain types of chronic pain and some other disorders. Here are some of its primary uses:

  1. Epilepsy: Pregabalin is used as an adjunctive therapy to treat partial-onset seizures in people with epilepsy. It helps reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.
  2. Neuropathic Pain: Pregabalin is commonly prescribed for the management of neuropathic pain, which is pain caused by damage or dysfunction of the nerves. It can be used to treat conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia (pain following shingles), and pain associated with fibromyalgia.
  3. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): In some regions, pregabalin is approved for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. It can help alleviate symptoms of excessive worry and anxiety.

Pregabalin works by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically by binding to calcium channels and modulating the release of neurotransmitters involved in the transmission of pain signals and the regulation of electrical activity in the brain.

It’s important to use pregabalin under the supervision and guidance of a healthcare provider, as its use may be associated with side effects and potential interactions with other medications. Additionally, abrupt discontinuation of pregabalin can lead to withdrawal symptoms, so it should be tapered off under medical guidance when no longer needed. Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding the use of pregabalin.