It is safe to combine pregabalin and alcohol on rare occasions.
It is moderately safe to combine pregabalin and alcohol when alcohol consumption is limited and infrequent. The biggest concern with combining pregabalin and alcohol is that the combination can cause central nervous system depression. The combination of these two drugs can also impair understanding, good decision making, and fine and gross motor skills. Pregabalin is commonly prescribed to treat fibromaggia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and herpes zoster.
Both alcohol and pregabalin depress the central nervous system.
When a patient starts taking pregabalin, the doctor will often advise him not to consume alcohol. Once the patient is used to the drug, alcohol, in small amounts and occasionally, can be tested. Activities that require fine and gross motor control, such as driving, should not be performed until the impact of pregabalin and alcohol on the nervous system can be evaluated. However, large amounts of alcohol should never be consumed in combination with pregabalin.
The combination of antidepressants and alcohol can cause fainting.
Central nervous system depression is the greatest danger of mixing two or more depressants, such as pregabalin and alcohol. Central nervous system depression involves the physiological shutdown of the nerves that control heart rate and breathing. This deficiency, if left untreated, can lead to unconsciousness, fainting or coma and even death.
Any medication used to treat anxiety or sleep problems should not be combined with pregabalin.
The combination of pregabalin and alcohol can also impair a patient’s understanding of what is happening around them. These two drugs can also severely dull mental processes. The combination of poor understanding and slow mental processing can result in careless and dangerous decision making.
Together, pregabalin and alcohol can also interfere with fine and gross motor skills. This can make driving, cycling and swimming very dangerous while using alcohol in combination with pregabalin. Accidents and injuries can be a real danger when these two depressants are mixed.
Alcohol is not the only drug that should not be combined with pregabalin. Any depressant, such as a barbiturate, often used as a recreational drug or benzodiazepine, used to treat anxiety disorders or sleep problems, should not be combined with pregabalin. Patients should inform their physicians when any of these types of drugs are being used before taking pregabalin or there is a risk of severe central nervous system depression.
Pregabalin is a medication used primarily to treat painful nerve injuries associated with fibromyalgia, diabetes, and shingles. Some of the side effects of this drug include fatigue, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems. Patients may also experience difficulty focusing, confusion, and dizziness. Pregabalin can be addictive and long-term use of this medication should be closely monitored by the patient’s physician.