Q. What is Prebid and what is it used for?
Prebid belongs to anticonvulsants class of medicines. It is used to treat seizures and anxiety. 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, muscle stiffness and tenderness, tiredness, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep).
Q. Prebid has varied roles, does it work in the same way for each disease?
No, Prebid works in different ways for different diseases. In epilepsy, it stops seizures by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. In anxiety, it stops your brain from releasing chemicals that make you feel anxious. In nerve pain, it blocks pain messages travelling from brain to spine.
Q. I have been prescribed Prebid for pain due to shingles. When can I expect relief from pain?
For pregabalin to work, the medicine requires time. It may require a few weeks to see full benefits. However, people have felt relief from pain after a week of starting Prebid.
Q. How long do I need to take Prebid?
Duration for the use of Prebid depends on the condition for which you are taking this medicine. If you are taking it for epilepsy, which if controlled by Prebid, you may have to continue it for years. If you are taking it for pain or anxiety, it is likely that once your symptoms have gone you will have to continue taking it for several months to ensure stopping the problem from coming back.
Q. Is it necessary to continue taking Prebid even if I feel fine?
Even if you feel fine, you should not stop Prebid. If you are taking it for epilepsy and suddenly stop its consumption, you may have seizures that will not stop. If you are taking it for any other reason you may experience anxiety, difficulty in sleeping, feeling sick, pain, and sweating. These can be prevented if dose of Prebid is reduced gradually.
Addiction is more common in people who take Prebid for unauthorized indications and take it more than the dose prescribed. A person with a history of previous drug abuse should not be prescribed Prebid. Long-term use of pregabalin may result in addiction in some people. Inform your doctor if you feel you are becoming physically dependent on Prebid.
Q. Can I take diazepam and Prebid together?
Yes, Prebid and diazepam can be used together but there might be a chance of increased side effects, since both act on the brain to depress excessive activity.
Q. Can Prebid and gabapentin be taken together for fibromyalgia?
Yes, they can be used together but chances of side effects may be higher with their combined use.