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Pregabalin and eye irritation

I've been taking pregabalin for a couple of months.

Two nights ago had a sore eye, as if something was in it, but it was ok by the morning. Had the the same last night and still like it this morning. I remembered reading that eye irritation is a possible side effect of pregabalin.

I've spoken to pharmacist who thinks it could be this and I've got some eyedrops that, at best, won't make it worse.

Has anybody else here experienced this? If so is it likely to clear up on its own?

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Have dry eyes since taking preglablin which i put down to side effect but still worth taking it for the pain relief

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I'm on 2 x 150 mg a day and not getting much pain relief. Is this still a small dose?

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Google it and maybe something may tell you. I was taking same medication but did nothing for me. But everyone is different. Good luck.

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Yes, I've been on it for many years and one of the symptoms it's given me is severe dry eye syndrome. I don't think I'd ever have taken the stuff if I'd known how many side effects it would give me.

If the drops the chemist gave you don't work or irritate more, you might need preservative-free drops. I have to have those as preservative makes mine even worse. You'd need to go to the GP and get preservative-free drops on prescription though.

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Hi miked46, I've been on pregabalin for around 3 years now and I'm on the highest dose I believe 2x300mg daily, I've not had the dry eyes symptoms that your suffering with, but I do get a stinging tear drops with my eyes recently,I never really thought about side effects of these tablets, even though sometimes I actually wonder if they actually do anything, however I'm pretty reluctant to ask for a change of medication as my symptoms are still as bad as ever, and I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and have done for nearly six years, I have tried other tablets in the past but I dunno if there is any point in seeing my GP as I feel like a lost cause, and every time I mention it, well it your PN, unless there's a new wonder drug out there that I've not heard of, so the other thing is that I think quite a lot of people tend to gain a few pounds quite easily, myself included, so it's a tough one to call, as long as your eyes aren't infected I presume you can buy some moisturisering eye drops, but like with any health conditions always consider a discussion with health specialist, all the for 2018,thanks

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I’ve been told it could be dry eye due to chemo. My dr said to try refresh drops and see if that helps.

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My eyes are not dry. I noticed some blurred vision that is concerning me though. I figure the doc is going to tell me it is the percocets causing that, but I didn't have this issue until this drug was added.

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It is possible that it is the pregabalin, but don't discount other types of eye infections that can be pretty common. I am not on any medication that could affect my eyes, but I sometimes get this too.

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Google Blepharitis

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I know about blepharitis and it;s not that. But thanks for that.

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When I went to my 👁 doctor he told me to get eye drops

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Got some!

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Hi..I started in pregablin 8 years ago and i also get dry eyes and use eye drops and also itchy ears...just thought it was me getting old..but the biggest side effect for me is Weight Gain...almost 20 kilos...and mobility is so poor...

Hope you have a good day.

Bea

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I've been eating more since starting pregablin. Will have to watch my weight since It's not good!

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Hi miked46, I was pleased ( sorry not in a nasty way) to read your post. I was on gabapentin and experienced vision problems so was switched to pregabalin about 4 and a half months ago. My skin on my face has become incredibly dry to the point I have to put shea butter and in places Vaseline on it up to 4 times a day. And for the past month my eyes have become very dry and I have had about 5 mild eye infections that I am treating with chloramphenicol which does clear them up. I mentioned it to the specialist and asked if there was anything else but gabapentin and pregabalin are the best drugs available for nerve pain. If it carries on though I will ask again, seeing him again next week.

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I've had dry skin patches on my hand and thought it was something else. Maybe not!

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I’ve only been on it for 2 weeks low dose of 25 mg twice a day and my eyes are the same feel like there is something stuck in them very dry and irritated.

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I've just spoken to my pharmacist about this and had more eyedrops prescribed. I'm now on a much higher dose of pregabalin (200 mg twice a day) and the eye irritation comes and goes, so maybe not a major problem and worth sticking with.

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