Gabapentin (Generic Neurontin)
Gabapentin - Drug Uses
Gabapentin is used for treating seizures associated with epilepsy. It may also be used for treating nerve pain associated with herpes zoster (shingles) infection (postherpetic neuralgia). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Gabapentin - How to Use
Use Gabapentin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Take Gabapentin by mouth with or without food.
Do not take an antacid containing aluminum or magnesium within 2 hours before you take Gabapentin.
Do not suddenly stop taking Gabapentin. You may have an increased risk of side effects (eg, seizures). If you need to stop Gabapentin or add a new medicine, your doctor will gradually lower your dose.
Gabapentin - Drug Class and Mechanism
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant. The exact way that it works to prevent seizures and nerve pain is unknown.
Gabapentin - Missed Dose
If you miss a dose of Gabapentin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Gabapentin - Storage
Store Gabapentin at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Gabapentin - Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Back pain; changes in vision (double or blurred vision); clumsiness; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; nausea; stomach upset; tiredness; vomiting; weight gain.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abnormal thoughts; aggressive behavior; back and forth eye movements; behavioral problems; change in school performance; chest pain; confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hyperactivity; loss of coordination; memory loss; mental or mood changes (eg, hostility, mood swings); numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; restlessness; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; shortness of breath; speech changes; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; tremor; trouble concentrating; twitching.
Gabapentin - More Information
If you have any questions about Gabapentin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Gabapentin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Gabapentin - Disclaimer
This gabapentin information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.