Jordan lists nerve-pain medication 'Lyrica' as 'dangerous'

Jordan

Published: 2017-12-06 13:23

Last Updated: 2017-12-06 14:02


Lyrica is used to treat pain caused by nerve damage . (The Drug Classroom)
Lyrica is used to treat pain caused by nerve damage . (The Drug Classroom)
Roya News Source

The Prime Ministry has listed the drug brand Lyrica as a “dangerous” drug on Wednesday morning, according to a security source.

The same source told Roya News that after conducting all the necessary studies, the Prime Ministry has decided to list the medication as a “narcotic and dangerous” drug, adding that anyone who misuses it will be subjected to legal and judicial inquiry.

Pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica among others, is used to treat pain caused by nerve damage due to diabetes, or spinal cord injury, and epilepsy, and its side effects include headaches, dizziness, a sense of isolation and blurred vision. The tablets make an addict feel tense and unable to concentrate.

Dr. Hiam Wahbeh, Head of the Control of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), said that "the drug is listed as controlled and cannot be dispensed without a medical prescription."

He added that the penalty against violating pharmacies could result in closing the pharmacy and referring its owner to the Attorney General.