Lyrica is a scheduled substance, but is considered to be less addictive than benzodiazepines. They work differently; benzos have a more-direct effect on the receptor for the inhibitory transmitter GABA, whereas Lyrica (pregabalin) increases the conversion of glutamate to GABA, resulting in higher amounts of GABA in neurons (and therefore supposedly increasing GABA transmission).
Lyrica is sedating, and has indications for some anxiety disorders. But for some reason, people don't get as attached to it in the way they do to benzos like Xanax or Klonopin-- at least in my practice. I would not expect a drug test to cross-react for benzos from Lyrica, as the molecules are not at all similar.
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