Pregabalin Abuse and the Risks Associated for Patients with a Previous History of Substance MisuseAlistair D Sweet*
School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
- *Corresponding Author:
- Alistair D Sweet, School of Psychology
Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
40 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast
BT9 6AZ, Northern Ireland
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 31, 2013; Accepted February 15, 2013; Published date: February 22, 2013
Citation: Sweet AD (2013) Pregabalin Abuse and the Risks Associated for Patients with a Previous History of Substance Misuse. J Addict Res Ther 4:e116. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000e116
Copyright: © 2013 Sweet AD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In this article the author explores the risks associated with the prescription of pregabalin (Lyrica) to those patients who have had a prior history of alcohol and/or other substance misuse problems. It is suggested that the abuse potential of pregabalin may have been underestimated and that a number of recent studies tend to indicate there is in fact a considerable risk of abuse of pregabalin when this drug is prescribed to patients who have a history of substance misuse.