Prescription onlyClass: Pain

Horizant 

(gabapentin enacarbil)

Prescription onlyClass: Pain
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Calms leg movements and nerve pain.

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Our 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.

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Upsides

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

Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) treats restless leg syndrome and pain caused by shingles by lowering your body's response to pain. It's used for long-lasting (chronic) pain and doesn't work for sudden (acute) pain.

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Side effect rates for Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil)

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.

Common concerns from people taking Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil)

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Alcohol
  • Need to avoid alcohol while on Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil).
Food
  • Has to be taken with food.
  • Swallow the pills whole and take with food.
Pain
  • Can be used with other pain medications.
Sleep
  • Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) can make you feel dizzy or sleepy for the first few days or weeks that you take it. Until your body has adjusted to the medication, be very careful getting up from sitting or lying down, and don't drive or use machinery.
  • 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