Pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica®) is structurally similar to gabapentin. It is an analog of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Although pregabaliln does not act on GABA receptors, it may increase the "density of GABA transporter protein and increases the rate of functional GABA transport". It is approved by the FDA for neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia adjunctive therapy for adult patients with partial onset seizures, and fibromyalgia.
The IUPAC chemical name for pregabalin is (S)-(+)-3-(aminomethyl)-5-methylhexanoic acid. Its chemical formula is C8H17NO2 giving it a molecular mass of 159.23 g/mol. It is both an amine and a carboxylic acid.
The most up-to-date information about Pregabalin and other drugs can be found at the following sites.
- Pregabalin - FDA approved drug information (drug label) from DailyMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
- Pregabalin - Drug information for consumers from MedlinePlus (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
- Pregabalin - Detailed information from DrugBank.
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