Compare Neurontin vs. Depakote

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

Neurontin
(gabapentin)

Depacon
(valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex)

Treats tingling and burning nerve pain. Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that's now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.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.
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4.56Neurontin
Reviews for Neurontin
57%
of people (All ages) say Neurontin is worth it
40%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
620 reviews
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Reviews for Depakote
46%
+11% better vs. Neurontin
40%
Same vs. Neurontin
27%
+8% better vs. Neurontin
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Side effects
NeurontinDepakote
  • Dizziness 21%
  • Somnolence 16%
  • Peripheral edema 6%
  • Asthenia 1%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Infection 2%
  • Dry mouth 3%
  • Constipation 2%
  • Accidental injury 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
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  • Nausea 7%
  • Somnolence 7%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Vomiting 9%
  • Accidental injury 6%
  • Asthenia 3%
  • Abdominal Pain 1%
  • Dyspepsia 1%
  • Any side effect 4%
  • Rash 3%
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How it works
NeurontinDepakote
Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an antiepileptic and nerve pain reliever. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it has a similar structure to GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms nerves in the brain and spinal cord.Depacon (Valproate, Valproic Acid, Or Divalproex) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to increase the amount of GABA, a chemical that calms nerves in the brain.
Type of medication
NeurontinDepakote
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
NeurontinDepakote
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Sprinkle
  • Liquid
Used for
NeurontinDepakote
Risk factors for serious side effects
NeurontinDepakote
  • Children ages 3 to 12
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
  • Stopping Neurontin (Gabapentin) suddenly
Detailed Neurontin (gabapentin) risks & warnings »
  • Children under age 2
  • History of metabolic disorders
  • History of depression
  • People also taking Topamax
Detailed Depacon (valproate, valproic acid, or divalproex) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
NeurontinDepakote
  • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
NeurontinDepakote
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Can cause liver damage, so it's probably not safe if you already have liver problems.
Pain
NeurontinDepakote
  • Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
No pain related info.
Sleep
NeurontinDepakote
  • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
No sleep related info.
Weight
NeurontinDepakote
No weight related info.
  • May cause hair loss and weight gain.
  • Can cause upset stomach, hair loss, weight gain, sleepiness, and tremor.
Upsides and benefits
NeurontinDepakote
  • 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 and risks
NeurontinDepakote
  • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
  • You can't skip or miss doses since suddenly stopping Neurontin (Gabapentin) can cause seizures. This is even more likely if you drink alcohol, so it might not be the best medication for heavy drinkers.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
NeurontinDepakote
  • Side effects are common, but usually manageable.
  • Don't drive while taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) until you know how the medication affects you.
  • Neurontin and generic forms of Gabapentin have the same ingredients as Gralise and Horizant, but are dosed differently. Make sure you know which form you're taking since they are used for different purposes.
  • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
  • Stop taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) slowly over at least one week to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • Don't use if pregnant.
  • Requires routine blood tests.
  • Take with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • May cause hair loss and weight gain.
  • Different versions of Depakote have different dosing. Be careful.
  • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
  • Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
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