More evidence of pregabalin misuse: 12-fold spike in emergency calls

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A 12-fold spike in emergency calls related to pregabalin bolsters the evidence that the neuropathic pain therapy is becoming a drug of misuse, researchers say.

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Victorian ambulance data show that two-thirds of pregabalin-related emergency calls in the past six years involved misuse with other sedatives.

“It is worrying that almost half of pregabalin misuse-related attendances recorded evidence of a history of drug misuse or psychiatric problems that may have contraindicated its prescription,” the study authors said.