Compare Neurontin vs. Horizant
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Neurontin (gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that is now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.
Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) is a good way to treat pain since it can be used with other pain medications and it's not addictive. You'll need to stop drinking alcohol and it can be somewhat expensive.
- 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.
- Not habit-forming or addictive.
- Can be used with other pain medications.
- Only has to be taken once or twice a day.
- 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.
- Need to avoid alcohol while on Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil).
- Has to be taken with food.
- If you want to stop taking this medication, you need to talk to your doctor first since stopping it cold turkey can cause seizures.
- Not available as a generic.
- Oral solution
- Extended release
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- Neurologic and psychiatric side effects (children)
Children ages 3 to 12
- Driving impairment
Taking Neurontin (gabapentin) with alcohol
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- Withdrawal seizures
Stopping Neurontin (gabapentin) suddenly
Stopping Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) suddenly