Important Information for Patients Taking Gabapentin and Pregabalin

Gabapentin and Pregabalin have now been reclassified as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs

What does this mean for me?

  • Prescriptions for controlled drugs should be written for a maximum of one months supply
  • Controlled drugs cannot currently be sent to community pharmacies electronically so a paper prescription may need to be printed for Gabapentin or Pregabalin
  • Other medication that is not a controlled drug can still be sent to the pharmacy electronically
  • When collecting your medication from the pharmacy, please check that you have everything you ordered as the pharmacy may now receive your prescriptions separately
  • Prescriptions for controlled drugs must be presented at the pharmacy within 28 days of the prescription date
  • Gabapentin or Pregabalin will no longer be allowed as repeat dispensing (batch prescriptions) and will need to be issued monthly from your GP surgery as a paper prescription
  • Other medication can continue to be supplied as repeat dispensing if you wish
  • If you collect your prescription from the surgery you will be asked to sign for it
  • Due to controlled drug regulations, if you lose your prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin we may not be able to issue a replacement