The information below should not be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice. Consult your health care provider before taking Neurontin.
Neurontin is an anticonvulsant medication that is used to control epileptic seizures. Neurontin is used in adults and children over the age of twelve. Neurontin can be used along with other medications in younger children for the purpose of treating partial seizures. Because neurontin also has an effect on decreasing some types of pain, it is sometimes prescribed to treat pain associated with nerve damage in shingles and similar pain caused by other strains of herpes virus.
Take Neurontin in the dosage recommended by your physician, with or without a meal. Do not suddenly stop taking Neurontin; this can trigger severe seizures. If you are taking the Neurontin oral suspension, make sure to measure your dose with a proper measuring device, not an unmarked spoon.
Other drugs that may affect the efficacy of Neurontin or cause adverse drug reactions include morphine, naproxen and hydrocodone. Antacids can interfere with the absorption of Neurontin; they can still be used, but must be taken at a different time of day. Tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking before you start taking Neurontin.
Side effects of Neurontin include blurred vision, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, decreased coordination, upset stomach, nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting, cold-like symptoms, dry mouth, headache, having nightmares, insomnia and skin rash. More serious potential side effects of Neurontin that require immediate medical attention include an increase in the number of seizures, confusion, tremor, involuntary rapid eye movements, swelling in the feet and ankles, flu-like symptoms and bruising easily. In some cases, Neurontin may also cause mood changes such as depression, anxiety, irritability and thoughts of suicide.
||Capsules, oral solution or tablets taken orally.
||100 mg, 300 mg and 400 mg capsules; 600 mg and 800 mg tablets; 250 mg/ 5 mL oral solution. |
||Store tablets and capsules at room temperature. Keep away from moisture and light. Store oral solution in the refrigerator. Do not freeze liquid medication. |
|Contraindications: ||Patients allergic to gabapentin, patients with heart disease, patients with kidney disease, patients with liver disease.
|Generic Name: ||Gabapentin |
What is Gabapentin?
Gabapentin is the generic form of Neurontin and can be purchased as a cheaper alternative to save money on your medication. The same ingredients are used in the manufacturing of the brand name version of this drug as in Gabapentin.