Neurontin

(gabapentin)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 620 reviewsforNeurontin
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Treats tingling and burning nerve pain.

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Our bottom line

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

Quick facts about Neurontin
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (gabapentin)
Prices and discounts
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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) 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.

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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 90 300mg capsules
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$12.95
  • Price before coupon
    $40.95
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    $12.95
    68% savings
How it works

Neurontin (gabapentin) is an antiepileptic and nerve pain reliever. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it has a similar structure to GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

Quick facts about Neurontin
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (gabapentin)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Extended release
People’s experience with Neurontin

620reviews so far. What do you think?

What to expect when you take Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain from shingles

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Risks and Warnings for Neurontin (gabapentin)

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  • Neurontin (gabapentin) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior as early as 1 week after starting treatment. Watch for the start or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. Tell your doctor immediately if you are worried.

Common concerns from people taking Neurontin (gabapentin)

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Alcohol
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 7/17/2017Give it time to work, but be prepped to feel like you're on an alcohol bender I still get the woozy, talkative, forgetful side effects and I've been on it over 2 months now!!
    40
    Woman
    A few months
    Nerve pain
Food
  • Take the extended-release tablet (Gralise) with food.
Pain
  • Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
  • Reviewed NeurontinWorked great for extreme burning foot pain at night. A wonder drug for me. 300 mg dosage at night.
    54
    Man
    A few months
    Nerve pain from diabetes
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 8/22/2016A life saver for nerve pain after my stroke!
    44
    Woman
    Nerve pain from shingles
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 12/8/2016Used 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.
    36
    Woman
    Nerve pain from shingles
Sleep
  • Taking Neurontin (gabapentin) can make you feel sleepy, tired, and affect your coordination. Avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving a car or operating machinery, until you know how Neurontin (gabapentin) affects you.
  • Take doses at bedtime to avoid dizziness and drowsiness.
  • 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.
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 8/23/2015I 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.
    54
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Nerve pain
Weight
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 1/17/2016Weight gain!
    32
    Woman
    Two years or more
    I took it for: Nerve pain from Fibromyalgia
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 8/5/2016Weight gain absolutely not worth it. 10lbs in 6 weeks is way too much.
    47
    Woman
    Nerve pain from shingles
  • Reviewed Neurontinon 9/13/2016A little light headed but the benefits out weigh the risk.
    33
    Woman
    Seizures