Gabapentin is a prescriptive drug primarily used to prevent seizures. It belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants. Aside from seizures, Gabapentin is also used to cure hot flashes, restless legs syndrome (RLS) and postherpetic neuralgia.
This medication treats nerve pain in adults by affecting the chemicals and nerve responsible for these pains and seizures. Gabapentin can be used in combination with other drugs. Another brand of this medicine is Neurontin which can be given to both adults and children (at least three years of age). Although the same kind, do not substitute one for the other, only use the brand that has been specified by your doctor.
While under Gabapentin medication it is advised that you avoid activities that may include lifting heavy objects or driving as common side effects of this drug are feelings of drowsiness, slowing down of cognitive skills and dizziness. Others include problems with coordination, speech problems, nausea, tremors, double vision or sudden jumpy movements.
If these effects persist and become more severe with the passage of time notify your physician immediately. Serious side-effects may include anger, restlessness, insomnia, skin rashes. An allergic reaction to Gabapentin called anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome can be fatal.
Before taking this medicine inform your doctor of the following conditions if you are or have:
- Liver disease.
- Prone to epileptic or other kinds of seizure attacks.
- Mood disorders, or harbor thoughts of suicide.
- Pregnant, or planning to become pregnant
The daily dosage for Gabapentin in adults is about 300mg to 600mg about three times a day. Measure your dose with a cup or a spoon or a syringe. The gaps between the three doses should not exceed 12 hours. This drug can be taken with or without food. In case of a missed dose take it as soon as possible. Do not drug overdose. If already time for your next dose skip it. Contact your doctor instantly in the case of a drug overdose.
The medicine is useful against the following conditions:
Postherpetic NeuralgiaGabapentin is used in the treatment complication of shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus characterized by pain or burning sensation of the skin.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 15 to 21 hours.
What is the onset of action?The effect of this medicine can be observed in 2 to 3 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The benefits and risks should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendency has been reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is known to excreted through the breast milk. It is not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Monitoring of drowsiness and body weight is necessary.
Is It safe with alcohol?Alcohol consumption is not recommended while you are taking this medication. It is not found to be safe.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?This medication may cause side effects that affects the alertness of the patient. Thus it is not recommended to drive while you are on this medication.
Does this affect kidney function?Caution must be taken in patient with kidney disease. Adjustment of the dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Does this affect liver function?Only limited information is available regarding the use of this medication in patients with liver disease. Kindly consult the doctor before taking this medication.
Missed Dose instructionsIf you miss a dose of Gabapentin, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If itâ€™s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Gabapentin as ingredient
This medication works by binding to the calcium channels and increases the concentration of GABA and reduces the release of monoamine neurotransmitters, thus reduces the excitability of brain cells and helps to treat convulsions.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Lab Test
Interaction with Medicine
- Gabapentin does not modify plasma concentrations of standard anticonvulsant medications (ie, valproic acid, carbamazepine, phenytoin, or phenobarbital).
- Antacids reduce the bioavailability of gabapentin by 20%.
- Cimetidine may decrease clearance (by 14%) of Gabapentin.
- Gabapentin may increase Cmax of norethindrone by 13%.
Interaction with Disease
Impaired Kidney FunctionThis medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney impairment. Monitoring of kidney function is necessary. Dose adjustments are to be made based on CrCl.
Interaction with Food
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