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Pregaba 50 Capsule

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Introduction

Pregaba 50 Capsule is a medicine used to relieve pain caused by nerve damage (neuropathic pain) due to diabetes, shingles (herpes zoster infection), spinal cord injury, or other conditions. It is also used to treat widespread muscle pain and stiffness in people with fibromyalgia.

Pregaba 50 Capsule belongs to the anti-epileptic group of medicines and can be used to treat certain types of seizures (fits) in combination with other medicines. It may also be prescribed to treat the symptoms of anxiety disorder if other medicines are not suitable.

You can take Pregaba 50 Capsule with or without food, but it is important to take this medicine at the same time each day to get the most benefit. The exact dose and duration of treatment will depend on your condition and how you respond to it. Your doctor will probably start this medicine at a low dose and increase it gradually. It may take a few weeks for the medicine to work properly. Follow your doctor’s instructions and continue taking it regularly until your doctor advises you to stop. Do not miss any dose, otherwise, your condition may worsen.

The side effects of this medicine are usually mild and go away by themselves. The most common ones are feeling sleepy or dizzy, dryness in the mouth, blurred vision, weight gain, edema (swelling over the whole body), and difficulty in concentrating. Most side effects are not serious and do not need medical attention. Talk to your doctor about potential side effects and ways in which you might prevent or cope with them.

Before taking the medicine you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant. Be careful while driving as sleepiness, dizziness, and blurring of vision may be seen as side effects. You should avoid drinking alcohol along with this medicine as it may lead to excessive sleepiness and dizziness.

Benefits of Pregaba Capsule

In Neuropathic pain

Pregaba 50 Capsule is used to treat long-lasting (chronic) pain caused by nerve damage due to diabetes, shingles, or spinal cord injury. It reduces pain and its associated symptoms such as mood changes, sleep problems, and tiredness. It is thought to work by interfering with pain signals that travel through the damaged nerves and the brain. Taking this medicine regularly will improve your physical and social functioning and overall quality of life. It takes a few weeks to work so you need to take it regularly even if you feel it is not doing any good. Once your symptoms have gone you should still keep taking the medicine until your doctor advises you to stop.

In Epilepsy/Seizures

Pregaba 50 Capsule belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants which is used to treat some forms of epilepsy in adults. It is thought to work by slowing down nerve impulses in the brain which cause seizures (fits). It helps reduce symptoms such as confusion, uncontrollable jerking movements, loss of awareness, and fear or anxiety. It will help you go about your daily activities with more confidence and may allow you to do some activities that you would otherwise be forbidden or scared to do (such as swimming and driving). It can take a few weeks for this medicine to work and during this time you may still have seizures. Do not stop using this medicine even if you feel well, until your doctor advises you to. Missing doses may trigger a seizure.

In Fibromyalgia

Pregaba 50 Capsule may also be used to treat pain in people with fibromyalgia. It reduces pain and also the mood changes, sleep problems, and tiredness that can be caused by the pain. It interferes with pain messages traveling through the brain. Taking this medicine regularly will have an impact on your overall quality of life. Keep taking the medicine until your doctor advises you to stop.

Side effects of Pregaba Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Pregaba

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty in paying attention
  • Dizziness
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Sleepiness
  • Weight gain

How to use Pregaba Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Pregaba 50 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Pregaba Capsule works

Pregaba 50 Capsule is an antiepileptic medication. When given for epilepsy, it is believed to work by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain, thus preventing seizures. It is also used to treat nerve pain where it blocks pain by interfering with pain signals travelling through the damaged nerves and the brain. For treatment of anxiety, it is believed to work by stopping the release of certain chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that make you feel anxious.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Pregaba 50 Capsule may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Pregaba 50 Capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Pregaba 50 Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Pregaba 50 Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Pregaba 50 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Pregaba 50 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Pregaba 50 Capsule is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Pregaba 50 Capsule is recommended.

What if you forget to take Pregaba Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Pregaba 50 Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Pregaba 50 Capsule should be taken as per the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor. 
  • It may cause sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • It may cause blurring or loss of vision. Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any vision changes.
  • Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may worsen your underlying condition.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Cyclic GABA Analogues
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
NEURO CNS

Interaction with Drugs

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Patient Concerns

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I have been suffering muscle pain and joint pain since 20 years after recovered Guillen Barrie syndrum in 20th age
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurology
Take pregaba 75 mg at nite
Please tell me the medicines to get rid of neck, shoulders and back head pain. .This might have started due to travelling in sunlight.
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurology
Pregaba 75 mg o d
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FAQs

Q. What is Pregaba 50 Capsule and what is it used for?

Pregaba 50 Capsule belongs to the anticonvulsants class of medicines. It is used to treat seizures. It is also helpful in treating nerve pain (neuropathic pain) which could be due to diabetes, shingles, or injury. It is also used in fibromyalgia (a long-lasting condition that may cause pain, tiredness, muscle stiffness and tenderness as well as difficulty falling or staying asleep. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe this medicine for the treatment of anxiety.

Q. Pregaba 50 Capsule has varied roles. Does it work in the same way for each disease?

No, Pregaba 50 Capsule works in different ways for different diseases. In epilepsy, it stops seizures by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. In chronic pain, it blocks pain messages travelling from brain to spine.

Q. I have been prescribed Pregaba 50 Capsule for pain due to shingles. When can I expect relief from pain?

It may take a few weeks to see full benefits while taking Pregaba 50 Capsule. However, people have experienced relief from pain after a week of starting Pregaba 50 Capsule.

Q. How long do I need to take Pregaba 50 Capsule?

Duration for the use of Pregaba 50 Capsule depends on the condition for which you are taking this medicine. If you are taking it for epilepsy, and it is effectively helping you then, you may have to continue it for years. If you are taking it for neuropathic or fibromyalgia pain, it is likely that once your symptoms improve you will have to continue taking it for several months. This will ensure that the problem does not come back. It is advised not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.

Q. Is it necessary to continue taking Pregaba 50 Capsule even if I feel fine?

Yes, you should not stop taking Pregaba 50 Capsule even if you feel fine. If you are taking it for epilepsy and stop its consumption suddenly, you may have seizures that will not stop. Stopping it suddenly may result in withdrawal symptoms and you may experience anxiety, difficulty in sleeping, feeling sick, pain and sweating. These can be prevented if the dose of Pregaba 50 Capsule is reduced gradually.

Q. Is Pregaba 50 Capsule addictive?

Addiction to Pregaba 50 Capsule is more common in people who take it for unauthorized reasons. Taking Pregaba 50 Capsule more than the recommended doses or taking it for long periods of time may also cause addiction. In addition to that, any person who has a history of drug abuse should never use Pregaba 50 Capsule. In case you feel you are becoming physically dependent on Pregaba 50 Capsule, inform your doctor immediately.

Q. Can I take Diazepam and Pregaba 50 Capsule together?

Yes, Pregaba 50 Capsule and Diazepam can be used together. But, there might be a chance of increased side effects since both these medicines act on the brain to depress excessive activity.

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