Pain medicines, whether they’re over-the-counter or prescription strength, can help you manage chronic pain and other kinds of pain. They’re powerful drugs, so it’s important to use them with care. It’s best to start with the safest drugs at the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time and work up from there as needed.
Be aware of possible side effects and interactions with other drugs and supplements you take. And always follow the directions on the label or your doctor’s prescription.
When pain continues longer than the time expected for an injury to heal (usually longer than 3 months), it is known as chronic pain. Nerve pain, often called neuropathic pain, is a type of chronic pain that affects about 1 in 20 Australians. Find out more about managing your nerve pain and strategies to help you live with your condition.
Pregabalin is prescribed for people whose nerve pain has not responded to other medicines. Pregabalin works by controlling brain chemicals which send signals to nerves, to reduce the level of pain you experience