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What is pregabalin?

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What is pregabalin?

Buy Pregabalin powder is a prescription drug used to manage a number of long-term conditions, including epilepsy, neuropathic pain and generalised anxiety disorder. Similar to benzodiazepines, the anxiolytic (relaxing) effects of pregabalin occur rapidly after administration.

Pregabalin tablets
Pregabalin comes in tablet form, in 25mg, 50mg, 75mg, 100mg, 150mg, 200mg and 300mg hard capsules. The colour of the capsules vary depending on the manufacturers. Some street names include: Lyrica; Gabbies; Budweisers & Bud light.
Pregabalin misuse
Internationally, pregabalin misuse has been reported among individuals attending addiction services and recreational drug users. The relaxant and sedative effects of pregabalin make it desirable for individuals to use outside of its prescribing recommendations. On online forums, pregabalin is reportedly taken in combination with other compounds in order to potentiate their effects, such as: benzodiazepines; alcohol; heroin; zopiclone; methadone; cannabis; LSD; mephedrone and amphetamines. Pregabalin was included on a list of new recreational psychoactive substances officially notified to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction/Europol European Early Warning System and has been monitored in this regard since 2009.

Various reports suggest a growing illegal market for pregabalin, with it being easily accessed through illicit sources online, street dealers, and counterfeit/adulterated tablets being sold as pregabalin. Pregabalin is sought after on the illicit drug market with tablets costing more than various other tablets available on the market.

National Drug Treatment Centre Research

A study in 2014 by the National Drug Treatment Centre’s (NDTC) Drug Analysis Laboratory confirmed that pregabalin abuse is taking place amongst the addiction services population. This study concludes that pregabalin has significant abuse potential and is an attractive drug to opioid dependent drug users. It further suggests that misuse of this prescription drug is a serious emerging issue which should be monitored carefully.         

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