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.
- Pregabalin Information for Consumers
- Pregabalin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pregabalin (detailed)
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