Compare Neurontin vs. Depakote

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Treats tingling and burning nerve pain.

Neurontin (gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that is now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 620 reviewsforNeurontin
Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood.

Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is good long-term prevention for epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines, but can cause weight gain.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 97 reviewsforDepakote
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with absence, tonic-clonic, and complex partial seizures.
  • One of the first-line options to stabilize mood for people with bipolar disorder.
  • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor.
  • Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Sprinkle
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
620 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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97 reviews so far
46%
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40%
saiditworked well
27%
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Side effects
The Neurontin (gabapentin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
26possible side effects
  • Nausea
    48%
  • Headache
    31%
  • Asthenia
    27%
  • Vomiting
    27%
  • Somnolence
    27%
  • Tremor
    25%
  • Dizziness
    25%
  • Abdominal Pain
    23%
  • Diplopia
    16%
  • Diarrhea
    13%
  • Anorexia
    12%
  • Amblyopia/Blurred Vision
    12%
  • Flu Syndrome
    12%
  • Infection
    12%
  • Dyspepsia
    8%
  • Ataxia
    8%
  • Nystagmus
    8%
  • Fever
    6%
  • Emotional Lability
    6%
  • Thinking Abnormal
    6%
  • Alopecia
    6%
  • Weight Loss
    6%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Amnesia
    5%
  • Bronchitis
    5%
  • Rhinitis
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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
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  • Pregnancy
  • Liver damage
    • Children under age 2
    • History of metabolic disorders
  • Pancreatitis
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression
  • Increased bleeding
  • Mental changes due to high ammonia
    • History of metabolic disorders
    • People also taking Topamax
  • Low body temperature
    • People also taking Topamax
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) suddenly
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