Compare Neurontin vs. Zoloft

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

Neurontin (gabapentin)

Prescription only

Zoloft (sertraline)

Prescription only
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.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 620 reviewsforNeurontin
Improves mood and helps you relax.

Zoloft (sertraline) is good for treating depression and anxiety, but it can interact with many medicines.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 1472 reviewsforZoloft
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.
  • One of the more effective and better tolerated antidepressants in its class.
  • Causes less sleepiness than other antidepressants.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Best choice among antidepressants if you are pregnant.
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.
  • Takes at least 1 to 2 weeks to kick in and can take up to 12 weeks for maximum effect.
  • Can cause low sex drive, an inability to orgasm or ejaculate, and minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
  • Is more likely to cause diarrhea compared to other antidepressants.
  • Interacts with lots of other medicines.
  • You may need to try out several different antidepressants before you find the one that works for you.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
620 
57%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1472 
59%
think this treatment is worth it
41%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Neurontin (gabapentin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Nausea
    26%
  • Diarrhea
    18%
  • Dry mouth
    16%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    16%
  • Drowsiness
    13%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Tremor
    11%
  • Fatigue
    11%
  • More sweating
    8%
  • Constipation
    8%
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Risks and warnings
  • 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

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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking other medicines that affect serotonin levels

  • Mania

    Personal history of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Zoloft (sertraline) suddenly

  • Increased bleeding

    Taking blood thinners

  • Low sodium levels in the blood

    Older people

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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