Home > BUMPS: Best use of medicines in pregnancy - Pregabalin.

UK Teratology Information Service. (2022) BUMPS: Best use of medicines in pregnancy - Pregabalin. London: UK Teratology Information Service.

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This factsheet has been written for members of the public by the UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS). UKTIS is a not-for-profit organisation funded by Public Health England on behalf of UK Health Departments. UKTIS has been providing scientific information to health care providers since 1983 on the effects that medicines, recreational drugs and chemicals may have on the developing baby during pregnancy.

Pregabalin (Lyrica®) is usually taken in combination with other medicines to treat epilepsy. It can also be used to treat anxiety disorders and certain types of nerve pain.

When deciding whether or not to take pregabalin during pregnancy it is important to weigh up how necessary pregabalin is to your health against the possible risks to you or your baby, some of which will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are. Remaining well is particularly important during pregnancy and whilst caring for a baby. It is vital that epilepsy is well-controlled during pregnancy as seizures can harm both mother and unborn child. For some women treatment with pregabalin in pregnancy may be necessary.

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