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Yes, pregabalin (sold under the brand name Lyrica) can cause addiction, especially when it is used at high doses or for long periods of time. Pregabalin is a medication that is commonly used to treat nerve pain, seizures, and anxiety disorders. It works by slowing down the activity of the nervous system, which can produce feelings of relaxation and calmness.

Pregabalin can be habit-forming, and prolonged use can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when someone stops taking pregabalin suddenly, and may include anxiety, insomnia, tremors, sweating, nausea, and seizures.

To reduce the risk of addiction and dependence, pregabalin should be used only as directed by a healthcare provider, and at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible duration. Individuals with a history of substance abuse or addiction should be monitored closely while taking pregabalin.

If you are concerned about your use of pregabalin or if you are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on how to safely taper off pregabalin and may recommend other treatments that can help manage your symptoms.