Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Pregabalin
Last updated on June 27, 2019.
GENERIC NAME: Pregabalin
CHINESE NAME: 普瑞巴林
COMMON BRAND IN HONG KONG: Lyrica 利痛抑, Pregatas, Brillior
What is Pregabalin for?
Pregabalin belongs to a class called anticonvulsants. It works by reducing the pain signals sent out from the damaged nerves and can be used for neuropathic pain such as diabetic neuropathy and postherpetic neuralgia, as adjunctive therapy for focal seizures, and generalised anxiety disorder.
How to use it?
Pregabalin can be taken orally as tablets or capsules. The oral adult dosages for different uses are listed below:
For neuropathic pain
Start with 150 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses, then increase if necessary to 300 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses after 3-7 days and up to 600 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses after 7 days.
As adjunctive therapy for focal seizures
Start with 25 mg twice daily, then increase 50 mg daily at 7-day intervals and increase to 300 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses for 7 days, then increase if necessary up to 600 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses.
For generalised anxiety disorder
Initially 150 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses, then increase 150 mg daily if necessary at 7-day interval, up to 600 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses.
What are the side effects of Pregabalin?
The most common side effects of Pregabalin include swelling in your arms or legs, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, and weight gain.
Where to buy Pregabalin in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Pregabalin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Pregabalin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.