Compare Neurontin vs. chlorpromazine
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Neurontin (gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that is now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.
Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.
- Originally used to treat epilepsy (partial seizures), but now it primarily treats neuropathic pain that's caused by nerve stimulation or damage.
- Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
- It's available as a generic, so it's less expensive than similar medications.
- Acts fast to slow you down during a psychotic episode.
- Can also be used for nausea or migraines.
- Safe for use in children as young as 6 months.
- Comes in a sugar-coated pill for easy administration.
- Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion. There is a higher risk for these side effects if you drink alcohol, so it might not be the best medication for heavy drinkers.
- You can't skip or miss doses since suddenly stopping Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause seizures.
- Has more side effects than other medicines like it.
- Can affect how your other medicines work.
- Makes you more sensitive to the sun.
- Can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when injected.
- Cannot be stopped right away.
- Nerve pain from shingles
- Oral solution
- Extended release
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- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
- Neurologic and psychiatric side effects (children)
- Children ages 3 to 12
- Serious allergic reaction and multiple organ problems
- Driving impairment
- Taking Neurontin (gabapentin) with alcohol
- Taking other medicines that cause dizziness and/or drowsiness
- Withdrawal seizures
- Stopping Neurontin (gabapentin) suddenly
- Increased risk of death
- People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
- Difficulty controlling movements
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Taking antipsychotic medications
- Breathing problems
- Acute respiratory infections
- Heat stroke and dehydration
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
- Urinary retention
- Decreased movement in the intestines