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Neurontin

(Gabapentin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
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Treats tingling and burning nerve pain.

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Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that's now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.

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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.
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Downsides

  • 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.

What to expect when you take Neurontin (Gabapentin) for Partial Seizures

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Side effect rates for Neurontin (Gabapentin)

921 From clinical trials of Neurontin / Epilepsy
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Involuntary eye movement
  • Tremor
  • Double vision
  • Lazy eye, blurred vision
  • Inflammation inside the nose
  • Weight increase

Risks and Warnings for Neurontin (Gabapentin)

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  • Neurontin (Gabapentin) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior as early as one week after starting treatment. Watch for the start or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. Report anything concerning to a doctor immediately.

Common concerns from people taking Neurontin (Gabapentin)

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Food
  • Take the extended-release tablet with food.
  • Take with food and follow the extended dosage directions..
Pain
  • Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
  • I started taking this medicine for back pain. I now wake up with no pain and it has stopped my restless leg syndrome.
  • Used for nerve pain from prolapsed discs. Works well.. Horrible weight gain. 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Feel bloated all the time. Headaches were manageable. Some memory issues. Not bad. I'm on a low dose by request. To much and I felt like I couldn't get my thoughts together.
  • Worked great for extreme burning foot pain at night. A wonder drug for me. 300 mg dosage at night.
Sleep
  • Neurontin (Gabapentin) is likely to cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
  • Couldn't get to sleep, when I did I would wake shortly then be up for hours. Could not switch gears - would dwell on stuff for ever. Now I am focused and sleep a full 8 hours without "trashing around". Wake up quickly and refreshed.
  • I take it for nerve pain in my feet caused by MS. It makes me drowsy so I only take it at night but it has helped. Can't say if it has made dizziness or drowsiness worse because virtually every MS drug has those side effects.
Weight
  • A little light headed but the benefits out weigh the risk.
  • Weight gain absolutely not worth it. 10lbs in 6 weeks is way too much.
  • Huge weight gain. Went from a size 4 to a size 12 in 6 months. Be careful when you first start taking it. I fell and hit my head the first week I took it. Seemed to work at first, now peripheral neuropathy is back.