Alere is now Abbott



Pregabalin is used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain and is licensed for the treatment of generalised anxiety. It is structurally related to the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The drug is not metabolised and is excreted mainly through the kidney. Pregabalin is faster acting than gabapentin due to its rapid absorption and faster onset of action and potency. A prescription only medicine, pregabalin is manufactured as either white, white/orange or orange capsules. The drug for illicit use is mainly diverted from the pharmaceutical industry.

A survey in 2014 highlighted the significant use of prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin, mainly among Britain’s opiate-using and prison populations.



Swallowed as capsules.

  • Relaxation
  • Calmness
  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Poor muscle control
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Visual disturbances
  • Enhances the euphoric effects of other drugs, e.g. opiates
  • Hallucinations
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Panic attacks


Molecular structure of Pregabalin

Street Names

Lyrica, Budweiser's

Legal Status

Not controlled. Pregabalin is a prescription only medicine.