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Pregabalin (sold under the brand name Lyrica) is a prescription drug that can be prescribed for a range of conditions. You may be prescribed pregabalin for epilepsy, anxiety, and nerve pain. It works by affecting the pain signals that travel through your central nervous system (CNS).

Although pregabalin is only available on prescription, it’s still possible to abuse the drug and develop a pregabalin addiction. Likewise, people still use Lyrica recreationally, despite the Class C status of the drug.

If you have been prescribed pregabalin for a long amount of time, you may have developed a tolerance to the drug – as well as an addiction.

If you have the desire to stop taking pregabalin, or you understand that you need help for your addiction, the first step is to complete a pregabalin detox. Continue reading this page to learn more about pregabalin addiction, as well as the ins and outs of pregabalin detoxification.

What is Pregabalin Addiction?

Pregabalin isn’t a highly addictive drug – however, over time, you may develop a tolerance to the drug.

Once you develop a tolerance, you won’t feel the same effects of the drug taking the same dose – you’ll need to take a higher dose for the drug to work. This is the first step of prescription drug addiction.

Addiction to prescription drugs can impact your life in various ways – not only can it impact your physical health and mental health, but it can affect your relationships, career, and pretty much all areas of your life.

Lyrica addiction is often a result of prescription drug abuse. You may be wondering what prescription drug abuse refers to – well, it can include:

  • Taking a higher dose than prescribed
  • Taking more often than prescribed
  • Taking somebody else’s prescription
  • Taking pregabalin to feel ‘high’
  • Sourcing prescriptions through illicit means
  • Mixing with other drugs or alcohol


Ultimately, pregabalin abuse involves taking the drug in any way other than prescribed by a medical professional. It’s always important to follow your doctor’s advice when taking prescribed medications. The maximum recommended dose for pregabalin is 600mg across two to three doses – any more could be considered too much.

One of the main indicators of pregabalin addiction is the lack of control over taking the substance. Likewise, if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug, then you may have an addiction.

This is something we can help with at Help4Addiction – we have been helping people overcome their addictions for years, and can help you to combat your Lyrica addiction.

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Pregabalin Withdrawal Symptoms Explained

When you stop taking any addictive substance after developing a dependence, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.

However, as Lyrica is not particularly addictive, symptoms of Lyrica withdrawal are often mild, and you will most likely not experience severe withdrawal symptoms. However, some people experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

In regards to the Lyrica withdrawal timeline, in most cases, withdrawal symptoms begin within a few days after your last dose. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can persist for weeks or months – but these are usually minor symptoms.

Read on to learn more about some of the withdrawal symptoms you may experience when withdrawing from pregabalin.

List of Lyrica Withdrawal Symptoms

You may experience a range of physical symptoms and psychological symptoms when withdrawing from Lyrica. Some common physical withdrawal symptoms are:

You may also be at risk of seizures – this is a severe withdrawal symptom. Psychological and behavioural withdrawal symptoms can be debilitating, which is one of the reasons why addiction therapy is so important. Some psychological and behavioural symptoms include:

Severe withdrawal symptoms often require a medical detox – continue reading to learn more about the detoxification process, including what to expect from a drug detox and how to find the right pregabalin detox program for you and your addiction.

What is a Drug Detox?

Recovery from addiction can be a long process – and the first stage of the process is detoxification. During this stage, the physical addiction will be addressed. This stage does not address the psychological addiction to a drug.

Detoxification is the act of cleansing your body of a substance – in a pregabalin detox, you’ll stop taking the drug in order to free your body of the substance. This can be a difficult stage due to the withdrawal symptoms – especially if you experience withdrawal symptoms for an extended period.

You will often have the option to detox from prescription drugs at home (at-home detox), or detox in a rehab facility (inpatient rehab detox).

Some people with severe drug addictions will complete a medical detox, under medical supervision. Depending on the drug and the severity of the addiction, you may be given detox medication.

Some detox medications can ease the withdrawal symptoms, and others can help you to stop taking the drug you’re addicted to.

The length of time a detox takes can vary depending on several factors. Your medical history, addiction history, personal factors and clinic of choice can determine how long your detox will take – and how long the rehab process will take.

However, the general understanding is that the more severe the addiction, or the longer you’ve been dependent on a drug, the longer the process will take.

Book a Pregabalin Detox Today

At Help4Addiction, we understand how difficult it can be to admit you need help, both to yourself and to others.

This is why we can take some of the stress off your shoulders by discussing your pregabalin detox options with you, and sourcing the right treatment plan and treatment clinic for you – for pregabalin, other drugs and alcohol.

Finding the right addiction treatment can be difficult – there are many options out there for alcohol rehab/ drug rehab – including pregabalin rehab.

If you’re worried about the cost of rehab, then you could opt for NHS rehab. However, due to limited resources across the NHS, the waiting lists are long.

Many people prefer to undergo private rehab – whether it be residential or outpatient rehab. Others opt for luxury rehab centres, which often have more resources available. We’ll discuss your options with you to determine the best approach to tackle your pregabalin addiction.

You may wish to undergo pregabalin detoxification as part of a larger rehab plan consisting of detox, therapy, and aftercare.

This is because detoxification doesn’t address psychological addiction or the behavioural aspects of addiction. Addiction therapy can build your confidence and well-being, and teach you coping strategies that can ultimately help to prevent relapse.

Aftercare/ secondary treatment provides you with continual support along your recovery journey. It can be scary to leave rehab and return to your day-to-day life, but secondary treatment can streamline this process and provide you with the support you need.

Contact our friendly team of addiction experts at Help4Addiction to start your recovery journey today – we can go through the ins and outs of rehab and kickstart the admissions process.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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