Prega belongs to a group of medicines used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults.
Peripheral and central neuropathic pain: Prega is used to treat long lasting pain caused by damage to the nerves.
A variety of diseases can cause peripheral neuropathic pain, such as diabetes or shingles.
Pain sensations may be described as hot, burning, throbbing, shooting, stabbing, sharp, cramping, aching, tingling, numbness, pins and needles. Peripheral and central neuropathic pain may also be associated with mood changes, sleep disturbance, fatigue (tiredness)
, and can have an impact on physical and social functioning and overall quality of life.
Epilepsy: Prega is used to treat a certain form of epilepsy (partial seizures with or without secondary generalization) in adults. Your doctor will prescribe Prega for you to help treat your epilepsy when your current treatment is not controlling your condition. You should take Prega in addition to your current treatment. Prega is not intended to be used alone, but should always be used in combination with other anti-epileptic treatment.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
Prega is used to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
The symptoms of GAD are prolonged excessive anxiety and worry that are difficult to control. GAD can also cause restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge, being easily fatigued (tired), having difficulty concentrating or mind going blank, feeling irritable, and having muscle tension or sleep disturbance.
This is different to the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Dosage and Administration
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will determine what dose is appropriate for you.
Prega is for oral use only.
Peripheral and central neuropathic pain, epilepsy or Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
- The dose will generally be between 150 mg and 600 mg each day.
- Your doctor will tell you to take Prega either twice or three times a day.
If you have the impression that the effect of Prega is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are an elderly patient (over 65 years of age), you should take Prega normally except if you have problems with your kidneys.
Your doctor may prescribe a different dosing schedule and/or dose if you have problems with your kidneys.
Continue taking Prega until your doctor tells you to stop.
If you take more Prega than you should
Call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency unit immediately.
Take your box of Prega capsules with you. You may feel sleepy, confused, agitated, or restless as a result of taking more Prega than you should.
If you forget to take Prega
It is important to take your Prega capsules regularly at the same time each day.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is time for your next dose.
In that case, just carry on with the next dose as normal.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Prega
Do not stop taking Prega unless your doctor tells you to.
If your treatment is stopped it should be done gradually over a minimum of 1 week.
After stopping long and short-term Prega treatment, you need to know that you may experience certain side effects.
These include, trouble sleeping, headache, nausea, feeling anxious, diarrhoea, flu- like symptoms, convulsions, nervousness, depression, pain, sweating, and dizziness. These symptoms may occur more commonly or severely if you have been taking Prega for a longer period of time.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.