Pregabalin and Gabapentin come from a family of medications called ‘anti-convulsants’. These medications affect how nerves send pain signals. Other drugs from this family of medications are used to treat epilepsy (fits), but pregabalin and gabapentin are used to treat pain.
They are particularly useful for sharp, stabbing or burning pains and less likely to cause sleepiness than amitriptyline. It is best to start with a small dose and then increase it. If you start to get side effects, stay at that dose or decrease it slightly until you adjust to the medication.