What to do to cope with side effects of pregabalin:

 

Headaches - make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Try not to drink too much. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller. The headaches usually go away after the first week of taking pregabalin. If they persist for more than a week or are severe, consult your doctor.

 

Feel sleepy, tired or dizzy - don't drive, cycle or use machines until you feel better. As your body gets used to pregabalin, these side effects should disappear. If they don't go away within a week or two, your doctor may reduce your dose or increase it more slowly. If that doesn't work, you may need to switch to another medication.

 

Diarrhea - Drink plenty of water, such as water or pumpkin, to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include less urine than usual or dark, smelly urine. Do not take any other medication to treat diarrhea without consulting your pharmacist or doctor.

 

Mood changes - If you feel this medication is causing mood changes, please consult your doctor as you may need to change medications.

 

Feeling nauseous - Take pregabalin during or after meals or snacks to relieve symptoms. It may also help if you avoid eating greasy or spicy foods.

 

Swollen hands, arms, legs and feet - If your feet are swollen, try putting them on a chair or bed and try not to stand for long periods of time. If your arm is swollen, exercise may help. If this does not help or becomes painful, please contact your doctor.

 

Blurred vision - Do not drive, ride a bicycle, or use tools or machinery while this is happening. If it lasts more than a day or two, consult your doctor, as they may need to change your treatment.

Erectile difficulty - Talk to your doctor as they may be able to change your medication or offer other treatments that may help with this problem.

 

Weight gain - Pregabalin can make you hungrier, so stopping yourself from gaining weight can be quite a challenge. Try to eat well without increasing portion sizes. Avoid foods that contain a lot of calories, such as crisps, cakes, biscuits and sweets. If you feel hungry between meals, eat fruits and vegetables and low-calorie foods. Increasing physical activity can also help keep your weight stable.

 

Memory problems - If you have memory problems, consult your doctor. They may want to try different drugs.