Lyrica and Alcohol

Consequences of Combining Lyrica and Alcohol

It is best to avoid alcohol while taking Lyrica. Realistically, though, some people will decide to consume alcohol anyway. If you decide to drink while taking this drug, it is important to know what to expect and what problems may occur. Lyrica can increase some of the side effects of alcohol. If you drink while taking Lyrica, you will likely find that you cannot "handle" as much alcohol as you previously did. Alcohol side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, and coordination problems, may become exaggerated. It is even possible that dangerous problems could occur.
If you decide to drink alcohol in moderation while on Lyrica, you should do so in a "safe" situation, with a friend who can help you if problems occur. Also, it is important to learn the effects of Lyrica on your body before you begin drinking. This medication may affect some individuals' ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss alcohol consumption and Lyrica with your healthcare provider. You and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about your intake of alcohol while taking this medication. Drinking alcohol while on Lyrica is not recommended. In addition, there may be other medical reasons why you should not consume alcohol.
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