Compare Neurontin vs. Oleptro

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

Neurontin
(Gabapentin)

Oleptro
(Trazodone)

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.Improves mood and helps you sleep. Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.
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Reviews & ratings
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4.542087542087542Neurontin
Reviews for Neurontin (Gabapentin)
57%
of people say Neurontin (Gabapentin) is worth it
39%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Oleptro (Trazodone)
72%
+15% vs. Neurontin (Gabapentin)
48%
+9% vs. Neurontin (Gabapentin)
24%
5% vs. Neurontin (Gabapentin)
Side effects
NeurontinOleptro
  • Dizziness 21%
  • Drowsiness 16%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 7%
  • Leg or ankle swelling 6%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Hostility 5%
  • Involuntary eye movement 4%
  • Double vision 4%
  • Tremor 4%
  • Dry mouth 4%
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  • Somnolence/sedation 27%
  • Drowsiness 21%
  • Dry mouth 14%
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness 13%
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Blurred vision 11%
  • Nausea 8%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Skin condition/edema 6%
  • Headache 6%
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How it works
NeurontinOleptro
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.Oleptro (Trazodone) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
NeurontinOleptro
Anticonvulsant
GABA analog
Prescription only
Antidepressant
Serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
NeurontinOleptro
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
NeurontinOleptro
How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Neurontin (Gabapentin)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Oleptro (Trazodone)
Risk factors for serious side effects
NeurontinOleptro
    • Children ages 3 to 12
      • Taking with alcohol or drugs
      • Stopping Neurontin (Gabapentin) suddenly
      Detailed Neurontin (Gabapentin) risks & warnings »
      • Age 24 years or younger
      • History of seizures
      • Alcoholism
      • Eating disorder
      • Higher dose
      • Drug interactions
        • Age 65 years or older
        • Alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        Detailed Oleptro (Trazodone) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
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        Alcohol
        • 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.
        No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
        No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.
        • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
        • Seek medical attention for unwanted, persistent erection.
        • Rarely, Oleptro (Trazodone) can cause a painful, persistent erection for 4 hours or more. Seek medical attention.
        Sleep
        • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
        • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
        • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
        • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
        • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
        Weight
        No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        NeurontinOleptro
        • 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.
        • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
        • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
        • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
        • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
        • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
        • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
        Downsides and risks
        NeurontinOleptro
        • 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.
        • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
        • More sedating than other antidepressants.
        • Causes more side effects when used at higher doses for depression. Includes sleepiness, dizziness, upset stomach, and irregular heartbeat.
        • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
        • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        NeurontinOleptro
        • 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.
        • Makes you sleepy. Take at bedtime.
        • Can cause temporary dry mouth and upset stomach.
        • Seek medical attention for unwanted, persistent erection.
        • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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