Compare Neurontin vs. Pamelor
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.
Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain.
- 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.
- Helpful with treating certain types of pain, like migraines or nerve-related pain.
- Generally well tolerated and has fewer side effects than other medicines in the same class of drugs.
- 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.
- Side effects are usually manageable, but can be annoying.
- Increases the risk of falls, especially when used in the elderly.
- There's an increased chance of it causing heart problems, especially in people with a history of heart problems.
- 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
...and 1 more risk factors
- Withdrawal seizures
Stopping Neurontin (gabapentin) suddenly
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Age 24 years or younger
- Low blood pressure
Age 65 years or older
Stopping Pamelor (Nortriptyline) suddenly
- Serotonin syndrome
Using other medications that affect serotonin
- Heart problems
History of heart disease
...and 2 more risk factors