I take pregabalin for anxiety disorder. My doctor told me it is ok to drink alcohol in moderation on pregabalin and just to miss my pregabalin dose the day I am going to drink alcohol. But I have had some nasty anxiety dizziness and shakiness the day after drinking since I've been on pregabalin. It's not a hangover because I only had 2 glasses of wine. I'm just wondering if it is actually safe to drink alcohol in moderation when on pregabalin?
Alcohol with it can increase the side effects of dizziness and possibly confusion. Pregabalin is in your body for about 30 hrs so its possible if you didn't take any the day you had a drink, you still have some there. The thing that bothers me about that is that in skipping doses you may have some withdrawal symptoms.
I'll just give you my experience while drinking on pregabalin. I ended up falling down in the back parking lot of my favorite restaurant, after having a giant margarita, much to my husband's hilarity! I got home and began vomiting from 9pm until around 5am. Never knew one could wretch quite like that! The entire episode was horrifying, not to mention embarrassing!
I wish you the best and hope you don't end up falling off your shoes and power-puking for an entire night!
Lara, Party Girl
andy here is what it says does not look like a good idea it increases all the side effects..chuck1957 Using pregabalin together with ethanol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with pregabalin. Do not use more than the recommended dose of pregabalin, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medication without first talking to your doctor.
Hi, i have a history of drinking while of Pregabalin... although i would never suggest this, i never really had any adverse affects... I don't do this any more, but i do miss doses sometimes, by accident, and again, i don't suffer any side/withdrawal effects... I think you should take all of the responses in to consideration... and maybe talk with your doctor again and ask just how much alcohol he thinks is 'safe', and how often he believes you can miss doses, without it being detrimental to the effects of your medication
I just started taking pregabalin for fibro. Under significant stress at home and work, need a drink or so to relax (not wine, but the real stuff). Expect to have a rum and coke (or two) and see have it effects me. I find that alcohol also works well on the fibro, since if you are drunk, you normally don't gaf (guidelines prohibit wording). Just my second day on pregabalin and am experiencing some moodiness and drowsiness, probably since I am also on xyal and singular (antihistamines) for sinusitis. Maybe some fibro improvement, hard to tell yet. I will update this response on my findings.
Whether it is dangerous or not to drink alcohol while taking pregabalin depends on many factors.
Are you on a small dose or the maximum dose.
Do you feel dizzy or fuzzy when you are on it.
Do you usually get drunk very easily.
Are you taking any other meds that may make you feel sleepy ... like valium or antihistamines.
In the instructions that come with the medication, it states clearly to ' DO NO DRINK ALCOHOL WITH THIS MEDICATION '.
If I was you and for anyone else reading this, I'd listen to what the manufacturers and professionals advise and not the comments in a forum.
I wouldn't miss your dose the day you drink, I would just limit your consumption of alcohol because to much can make you really drunk. I made that mistake in the beginning and my poor boyfriend had to make me go to bed because I was acting crazy, lol. Just keep it to two or three drinks, that seems to be ok for me. Everyone is different though, so you really need to see for yourself. I have a pretty high tolerance for medications so it may be different for you.
I have done it quite a few times. I drank a 3-4 pints of beer... and I always got very drunk, but I would always get aggressive too. Not during the evening, but at the end when it is time to go home.
I wouldn't abuse any person, but I would vandalise and smash things up. This is VERY unlike me, I never do this, but when taking pregabalin and drinking I do.
In the instructions, it DOES advise ' DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL '.
I'd take that advice.
I'm about to take some pregabalin as I feel depressed beyond belief, it's almost 4AM and I don't know what to do with myself... I've drank half a 35cl bottle of vodka so far and I intend to drink the rest. I wouldn't take my advice though... I've been depressed, even suicidal for years, this type of behaviour has just become normal. No-one knows about it though, I don't tell anyone how I'm feeling or if I feel like things are too much, which I think they are at the minute... otherwise I wouldnt be writing this. In my opinion, Pregabalin (Lyrica) isn't too bad with alcohol, depends on dosage and how much your drinking. If its making you feel dizzy/confused and not yourself when you drink, then as another user said, maybe dont take your Pregabalin if you know you'll be drinking that day.
Pregabalin can make you sedated, dizzy and confused (like making you believe you are Donald Trump or someone else). Pregabalin is a poweful drug, but it works, its useful. I've been taking it for so long now... though, other drugs can interact with Pregabs so check out interactions if you take other things. I take Co-Codamol/Codeine Phosphate (back pain), Prozac (for depression, though I dont think it works), Zopiclone and Zolpidem because I am a fully fledged insomniac, hence writing this full on essay at 4:06AM. Pregabalin is an amazing drug for anxiety issues, as I litterally have 4 friends and I barely go out, though I get put on Pregabalin and anxiety isnt really an issue... just my horrific deep depression. Just remember if youre gonna drink, dont take your pregabs and just take the next dose when youre supposed too. Apologies for the essay, I just needed to talk. Hope you are well my friend.
I have been taking pregabelin for anxiety for 8 months now. I was prescribed 150mg in the morning and 300mg at night. I couldn't function properly in the morning so took the 450mg when i got home unless i was having a few beers, in which case I'd take my dose an hour after stopping drinking. The most I'd drink is 6 pints then have some dinner and take my dose. If I ate a stodgy meal I was fine but on a few occasions I'd have soup on top of the beer then have my dose of pregabelin then wake up in the middle of the night puking soup through my nostrils.. I eventually increased my dose dramatically. I'd go to the gym and workout for a couple of hours, sit in sauna for an hour then eat, then I'd drink beer and sometimes take as much as 1500mg in one dose. I liked the drowsiness, nothingness and great sleep but learned to avoid the soup.
The more I took the more I got used to it and the drowsiness wasn't there anymore, not like it was in the beginning so instead of upping my dose again I slowly weaned myself off it and now back down to 450mg a day but feel depressed and shaky.. I wrote this short novel so people can learn from my mistakes. I didn't realise it at the time but I was chasing the side effects, the drowsiness I felt when I first started taking it and had become a recreational user.
- Pregabalin Information for Consumers
- Pregabalin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pregabalin (detailed)
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