Compare Neurontin vs. fluphenazine decanoate

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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
Treats schizophrenia or psychosis.

Prolixin Decanoate (fluphenazine decanoate) is long-acting medicine for stabilizing your mood that must be given by a trained healthcare professional.

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.
  • Can be given less frequently than the oral, short-acting version.
  • Available in generic.
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 make you sensitive to the sun.
  • Can affect how your body regulates your temperature.
  • Can only be used if you're already stable on the short-acting version of this medicine.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Extended release
  • Injection
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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Side effects
The Neurontin (gabapentin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Prolixin Decanoate (fluphenazine decanoate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Increased risk of death
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Low white blood cell count
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