You’re using a public version of DrugChatter with 1 free searches available. Register to unlock more free searches per day. CREATE FREE ACCOUNT

Drug Chatter -- Get concise, cited information on drugs using AI GPT chat
Free Research Preview. DrugChatter may produce inaccurate information.

Can lyrica and benzodiazepines cause addiction or dependence?



Lyrica (pregabalin) and benzodiazepines are both medications that can be prescribed for various conditions such as anxiety, seizures, and nerve pain. However, both medications have the potential to cause addiction or dependence when used improperly or for an extended period.

According to Drug Patent Watch [1], Lyrica has a low potential for abuse and dependence compared to benzodiazepines. However, it is still classified as a Schedule V controlled substance by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, indicating that it has some potential for abuse.

Benzodiazepines, on the other hand, are classified as Schedule IV controlled substances by the US Drug Enforcement Administration [2]. They are known to cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when used for an extended period.

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine [3] reported that combining Lyrica and benzodiazepines can increase the risk of addiction and dependence. The study suggested that doctors should avoid prescribing both medications together and should closely monitor patients who are taking both drugs.

Furthermore, according to GoodRx [4], combining Lyrica and benzodiazepines can cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. These side effects can increase the risk of accidents and injuries, especially when driving or operating heavy machinery.

In conclusion, both Lyrica and benzodiazepines have the potential to cause addiction or dependence when used improperly or for an extended period. Combining the two medications can increase the risk of addiction and dependence. Therefore, patients should use these medications only as prescribed by their doctor and should avoid using them together unless specifically instructed to do so.

Sources:
[1] https://www.drugpatentwatch.com/p/tradename/LYRICA
[2] https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4314911/
[4] https://www.goodrx.com/pregabalin/interactions



Follow-up:   How does Lyrica affect addiction potential? Can Lyrica be used to treat benzodiazepine addiction? What are the risks of Lyrica dependence?





DrugPatentWatch - Make Better Decisions
© thinkBiotech LLC 2004 - 2024. All rights reserved.