What is Neurontin (Gabapentin) used for?
Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an oral anti-epileptic medicine used to treat patients suffering from seizure disorders. The medication stops the actions of nerve impulses in the body responsible for causing seizures to prevent them from occurring. This action may also make it useful for treating diabetic neuropathy or to prevent migraines from occurring. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
Neurontin (Gabapentin) is normally taken one to three times each day at a dosage of one tablet. Your instructions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, health condition, 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 snack or meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Avoid crushing or splitting the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
Side effects associated with the use of Neurontin (Gabapentin) include:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects including increased occurrence of seizures, fever, flu symptoms, irregular heartbeats, sensitive skin, easier bruising, chest pain, difficulty breathing, confusion, darkened urine, discoloured stools, jaundice, or severe skin rashes. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced administration frequency, or immediate medical attention in urgent cases to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Neurontin (Gabapentin) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, allergic to gabapentin, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also disclose if you have diabetes, absence seizures, or reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health complications.
Strictly use Neurontin (Gabapentin) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Neurontin (Gabapentin) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.