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Pregabalin

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 568 reviews

Course Summary

Pregabalin is a miscellaneous anticonvulsant that is effective as an adjunctive therapy for patients who have focal seizures. It is also effective for treating fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury, and post-herpetic neuralgia. Pregabalin has been considered as an off-label treatment for chronic pain and opioid use disorder, and has been found to be effective to alleviate anxiety. Case studies have highlighted the benefit of pregabalin use over other narcotic analgesics in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain because of the lower side effect profile of pregabalin during long-term therapy.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Pharmacological Profile

1.     Category

2.     Mechanism of Action

3.     Labeled Uses

4.     Dosing

5.     Available Forms

6.     Dosing Adjustment: Geriatric Patient

7.     Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment

8.     Dosing Adjustment: Renal Impairment

9.     Contraindications

10. Adverse Effects

11. Warnings

12. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

13. Drug Interactions

14. Dietary Concerns

III.         Clinical Pearls: Pregabalin

1.     Drug Uses

2.     Dosing Adjustment: Geriatric Patients

3.     Warnings

4.     Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

IV.          Pregabalin Overdose

V.            Case Study

1.   Discussion

VI.          Summary

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