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MEDICATIONS




NEURONTIN (Gabapentin)



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Neurontin is an antiepileptic drug used for treating partial and secondarily generalized seizures in combination with other antiepileptic drugs. Neurontin is also approved for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia.

Dosage forms



Neurontin is available in capsule form (100 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg), tablet form (100, 300, 400, 600, 800 mg) and in liquid form (250 mg/5 ml).

What side effects can be caused by Neurontin?



Just like other drugs, Neurontin can cause side effects. Also, every patient is different. If you experience any bothersome side effects, report them to your doctor. (There is a risk of serious side effects, including death, with all medications that are used to treat seizures; however, the risk is very small). This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Please refer to the package insert for more details about Neurontin.

Some of the common side effects of Neurontin include:

  1. Weight gain
  2. Sleepiness/drowsiness

Rare but serious side effects

  1. Swelling of the joints
  2. Women who plan to have children should consult with their doctor about the possible effects on the fetus.

How should I take Neurontin?



It is important that you take the total dose of Neurontin as prescribed by your doctor. Neurontin is normally taken three or four times a day. A convenient dosing would be at meals and at bedtime. Do not stop this medication without the advice of your doctor; doing so may result in an increase in seizures.

Does Neurontin interact with other medications?



Antacids may affect gabapentin levels in the bloodstream.

This list is not meant to be complete. Please ask your doctor about any specific drug-drug interactions, especially when starting a new prescribed or over-the-counter drug.

Can I take Neurontin with food or other medications?



Yes, Neurontin can be taken with meals and at the same time as other medications.

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