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Horizant

(Gabapentin Enacarbil)

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Calms leg movements and nerve pain.

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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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.

  • Not habit-forming or addictive.
  • Can be used with other pain medications.
  • Only has to be taken once or twice a day.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Abnormally large breasts in males
  • Breast enlargement
  • Elevated creatine kinase

What to expect when you take Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't stop taking Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) suddenly without telling your doctor.
  • Can make you feel dizzy or drowsy the first few days or weeks that you're taking it.
  • Swallow the pills whole and take with food.
  • Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) is different from other forms of gabapentin (like Neurontin), so these two medications can't be switched or substituted for each other.

Risks and Warnings for Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil)

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  • Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) can affect your ability to drive. Until you know how Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) works in your body, you shouldn't drive since your reaction time can be slowed down.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Need to avoid alcohol while on Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil).
  • Also taking alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine, changed exercise from walking to swimming, no alcohol...not sure which things are most helpful, but suspect that a combination of the above reduced the nerve pain. I am on 300 mg/day
    Anonymous
    Taken for: Nerve pain from shingles
    Duration taken: A month or so
Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Has to be taken with food.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Swallow the pills whole and take with food.
Sleep
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can make you feel dizzy or drowsy the first few days or weeks that you're taking it.
  • Take it on a weekend, so you're in a place where it's safe and you are able to sleep. It starts working fast drowsiness sets in quickly
    Age: 42
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Restless legs syndrome