Lyrica and alcohol
Lyrica, which is otherwise known as pregabalin, is a drug used for treating nerve pain, epilepsy and fibromyalgia. It is believed that Lyrica works by binding certain parts of calcium channels structured in the central nervous system. This drug is available in the form of capsule and taken orally. It is usually taken two times or three times a day. While on the subject, alcohol also is a tranquilizer when used in optimum quantities. When consumed for pleasure, it can even damage the central nervous system. It is hence essential to know about the side effects that can be caused by alcohol when you are already on Lyrica.
Taking alcohol together with Lyrical is quite dangerous. When you combine these two drugs, the risk and magnitude of the side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness are increased. Especially, if you are sensitive to alcohol you may not be able to consume your usual quantum, but it leads to your mental dissatisfaction. At the same time, you tend to take more to reach your usual level of consumption. This certainly will increase the side effects caused by combining alcohol with Lyrica. If drinking alcohol is inevitable for you, you should definitely consult your physician to know about the moderation limit in your consumption. This moderate amount of alcohol that can be consumed by you will be decided by your physician when you consult him/her.
Notwithstanding the above, in general drinking alcohol should be avoided when you take Lyrica as this can increase the severity of the side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness. However, if you choose to drink, the amount of alcohol should be only in moderate amount. Besides knowing about the effects of alcohol when you combine Lyrica, you should also fully understand the effects of Lyrica itself on your body.
It is therefore necessary to know about the moderation in consuming alcohol. As discussed above, your doctor will be able to tell you about the moderate amount of alcohol that you can consume. Normally, for men it is two drinks a day and for women it one drink a day. There are also certain general guidelines which your doctor may provide you. These guidelines specify the amount of alcohol represented as one drink. For beer, one drink is 12 ounces. For wine it is 5 ounces. For 80-proof whiskey it is 1' ounces and for 100-proof spirits it is 1 ounce only.
As combining Lyrica and alcohol can cause dire consequences, it is always good to avoid this combination. However, in reality, regular alcohol consumers prefer to continue with drinking. Therefore, the drinking person should know about the problems that may occur if Lyrica combines with alcohol. To reiterate, Lyrica increases the side effects of alcohol and vice-versa. The side effects include co-ordination problems, drowsiness and dizziness. The problems may prove to be fatal also, at times. Even if you decide on taking moderate amount of alcohol while on Lyrica, it is advisable for you to do it in a safe situation. You should have somebody with you for your help in case you experience extreme difficulties. It has been found that Lyrica affects certain functions in some people. These people should not ride or drive if they take Lyrica in combination with alcohol. They should not also operate machinery.
Besides following the above precautions, the drinking persons should be in regular touch with their health professionals and discuss with them on their alcohol consumption when they are on Lyrica. After assessment of the current health status, the physician and the patient can jointly decide on consumption of alcohol when Lyrica is to be continued. However, the conclusion that alcohol should not be taken while on Lyrica.