Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology

Neurontin

(Gabapentin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology
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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.
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.

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
  • Inflammation inside the nose
  • Lazy eye, blurred vision
  • Muscle pain

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 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.
  • It took a few months to adjust. Caused extreme tiredness at 1st. Without it I would have constant nerve pain down my left leg.
  • You must balance the pain-killing aspect with the sleepiness, brain-fuzz, & dizziness. Find a midway point you can live with. In 30 years of suffering, this is the first real help I've had with fibromyalgia. Not perfect, but best I've tried
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
  • Weight gain due to slowing down nervous system transmission. I makes me very sleepy and experienced blackouts while driving. I didn't know where I am for a few seconds. so be aware.
  • Weight gain!
  • I wish I'd known that I would gain so much weight, and that even consistent dieting and regular exercise doesn't help me lose much. The price is right----my doctor has tried to switch me to cymbalta because of wt. gain, but it's $$$$$$$$$$