The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2022 , Vol 64 , Num 2
Pregabalin abuse in adolescence: a case series
Burcu Ersöz Alan 1 ,Melis Pehlivantürk Kızılkan 2 ,Sinem Akgül 2
1 Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara Turkey
2 Division of Adolescent Medicine, Deprtment of Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara Turkey
DOI : 10.24953/turkjped.2020.30 Background. Pregabalin is an inhibitor of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and can be abused, especially by polydrug abuser adults. Drug abuse is one of the many risky behaviors that can be seen during adolescence. Here, three adolescents with pregabalin abuse were described.

Case. These adolescents abused pregabalin to cope with their depressive and anxiety symptoms, become tranquilized, boost other drug effects, and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, the risk factors should be assessed while pregabalin is prescribed to adolescents.

Conclusions. The cases were reported in order to increase awareness concerning the abuse risk of pregabalin among adolescents. Keywords : adolescent, pregabalin, substance use disorder, prescribed drug addiction

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