Warnings for special population
Use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended unless absolutely necessary. It should be used only when no other alternatives are capable of producing the desired results. Consult your doctor and discuss the potential benefits and risks before taking this medicine.
Use of this medicine by breastfeeding women is not recommended. However, if it becomes necessary to use this medicine, then breastfeeding should be discontinued. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.
Kidney disease and dialysis
This medicine should be administered with caution in patients having an impaired kidney function. Suitable dose adjustments are to be made based on the serum creatinine clearance levels. Recommended dosage guidelines should be followed for patients on hemodialysis.
This medicine can cause suicide ideation and hence should be used with caution especially in people who have had such tendencies in past.
Drowsiness and motor impairment
This medicine can cause drowsiness and impairment of thoughts and movements. You should refrain from driving or performing tasks that require a high level of mental alertness after taking this medicine.
Male mediated teratogenicity
This medicine has been associated with a defect in sperm and may cause a defect in the baby. It should be used with caution in males who are planning to father a baby in near future.
Use of this medicine should not be stopped abruptly especially when used for epilepsy. The risk of adverse effects is high if it is withdrawn suddenly. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Potential for abuse
This medicine can cause dependence especially in people who are chronic alcohol users or have used other recreational drugs in the past. Report the past use of alcohol or other drugs to the doctor before receiving pregabalin.
This medicine can cause swelling of the inner layers of the skin and can cause severe to fatal levels of respiratory blockage. Report any instance of chest pain and breathing difficulty to the doctor while you are using this medicine.
This medicine can cause fluid retention in the body and hence should be used with caution in patients suffering from any fluid retention disorders.
This medicine can cause heart rhythm abnormalities which could result in blockage and associated complications. It should be used with caution in patients having a heart and blood vessel disease.
High creatinine kinase levels
This medicine should be used with caution in patients having a blood clotting disorder or high levels of creatinine kinase levels in the blood.
This medicine has been associated with rare cases of muscle breakdown disorders that affect kidneys. You should report any instance of muscle pain, weakness, the presence of dark reddish coloration of urine to the doctor on priority.
Report the use of all medicines including supplements and herbs to the doctor to avoid side effects due to interactions.
The use of this medicine is not recommended if the patient is below 18 years of age.