What is Neurontin (Gabapentin) used for?
Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an oral anticonvulsant prescribed to treat patients suffering from epilepsy. The medication regulates electrical impulses in the brain to prevent seizures from occurring. This function may also make it useful for treating peripheral nerve pain or preventing migraines. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
Neurontin (Gabapentin) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken once daily, but your individual instructions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a meal is recommended prior to use if you get an upset stomach. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions about using the medicine to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
The use of Neurontin (Gabapentin) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are deterioration of seizure symptoms, sensitive skin, easier bruising, fever, flu symptoms, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, trouble breathing, or a severe skin reaction. These conditions may require reduced application frequency or lower doses to prevent further health complications from appearing.
Neurontin (Gabapentin) should not be used to treat patients who are lactose intolerant, allergic to gabapentin, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your physician if you have diabetes, decreased kidney function, or no seizures as this may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Neurontin (Gabapentin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.