Compare Neurontin vs. fluphenazine decanoate

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Neurontin
(Gabapentin)

fluphenazine decanoate

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.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.
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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
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Side effects
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • Flatulence 1%
  • Thinking abnormal 2%
  • Amblyopia 2%
  • Accidental injury 2%
  • Constipation 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Ataxia 3%
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The fluphenazine decanoate FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
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.Prolixin Decanoate (fluphenazine decanoate) is a derivative of phenothiazine. It regulates dopamine levels in your brain to control psychotic episodes or schizophrenia.
Type of medication
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Injection
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • Children ages 3 to 12
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
  • Stopping Neurontin (Gabapentin) suddenly
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  • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
Detailed Prolixin Decanoate (fluphenazine decanoate) 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.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Alcohol
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
No alcohol related info.
  • Don't combine with alcohol or narcotics since it can stop your breathing.
Food
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
No food related info.
Pain
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
No pain related info.
Sleep
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
  • Can make you very sleepy or dizzy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
Upsides and benefits
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • 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 and risks
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • 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 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Neurontinfluphenazine decanoate
  • 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.
  • Can make you more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen or protective clothing while outside.
  • Can affect how your body regulates your temperature, so drink plenty of liquids especially when you're exercising.
  • Can make it difficult for you to start and stop your movements. Talk to your doctor right away if this happens.
  • Don't combine with alcohol or narcotics since it can stop your breathing.
  • Can make you very sleepy or dizzy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
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