What Are the Side Effects of Mixing Alcohol & Lyrica?


Lyrica is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of fibromyalgia, nerve pain, shingles and may be combined with other medications to treat seizures. There are some side effects associated with the use of Lyrica, especially when used in conjunction with alcohol.


Lyrica is a pain medication and an anti-convulsant. It binds the areas of the brain that helps to reduce seizure activity, anxiety and pain.


Lyrica should not be mixed with alcohol. Alcohol may increase the effects of Lyrica, such as dizziness or drowsiness. Lyrica and alcohol can depress the central nervous system, and may slow breathing when combined.


Combining Lyrica with other medications such as muscle relaxers or alcohol may increase their sedating effects. This may cause extreme fatigue and you may be unable to perform tasks that require you to be fully alert.


Lyrica may affect your ability to perform certain tasks that require alertness such as driving a car or operating machinery. Alcohol will increase this effect, so it is important to abstain from alcohol while taking this medication. Do not perform tasks that require alertness, until you know how Lyrica will affect you.


Lyrica may cause allergic reactions. If you experience hives, itching, trouble breathing, wheezing and swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, consult your doctor immediately. This could be a sign of a life-threatening allergic reaction and may require immediate medical attention.

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