Lyrica and Alcohol
Combining alcohol and Lyrica may be dangerous. Mixing these two substances may increase your risk of problems, such as dizziness or drowsiness. In addition, you may be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol and may not be able to drink as much as you are used to. Before combining the two, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what is considered a "moderate" amount of alcohol.
People are typically recommended to not drink alcohol while taking Lyrica® (pregabalin), as doing so may increase the risk of problems, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
When many healthcare providers are asked whether it is okay to drink alcohol while taking medications like Lyrica, they often recommend that if a person chooses to drink, he or she should drink only light to moderate amounts. The healthcare provider may also advise that the person drink alcohol only after fully understanding the effects that Lyrica (and other medicines he or she is taking) may have on the body.
When healthcare providers recommend moderate alcohol drinking, they mean two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. Because the alcohol content in drinks can vary widely, what counts as one drink also varies. However, healthcare providers have some general guidelines about what counts as one drink. Each of the following drinks is an example of one alcoholic drink:
- 12 ounces of beer
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1½ ounces of 80-proof whiskey or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.