Horizant

(Gabapentin Enacarbil)

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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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Quick facts about Horizant
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

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

Quick facts about Horizant
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
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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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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Alcohol
  • Need to avoid alcohol while on Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil).
Food
  • Swallow the pills whole and take with food.
  • Has to be taken 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.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Horizanton 10/5/2016Take 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
    42
    Woman
    Restless legs syndrome
Weight
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Horizanton 5/18/2017Headaches all day I gained a lot of weight always felt like I was half a sleep all day like I couldn't wakeup all the way I couldn't stand that feeling
    55
    Woman
    A year or so