March 21, 2019
If you have been prescribed pregabalin (Alzain or Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neurontin), it is important to be aware that the government will be changing their medication laws from 1 April 2019. This means that these medications will become controlled drugs.
This follows Government concerns and recommendation submitted by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for the implementation of additional safeguards due to concerns around the misuse of these drugs.
These changes will mainly affect prescribers and pharmacies. However, the way that you access these drugs may also be affected.
Additional changes in rules will include:
Your GP practice will make these changes before the law changes on 1 April 2019. If you are unsure about these changes we recommend that you contact your GP.
Need advice deciding which painkiller you should use? The NHS have a webpage designed to guide you through the process of finding pain medication that works for you.
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