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

Author

Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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