Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.
Gabapentin is used in adults to treat nerve pain caused by herpes virus or shingles (herpes zoster).
The Horizant brand of gabapentin is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).
The Neurontin brand of gabapentin is also used to treatseizures in adults and children who are at least 3 years old.
Use only the brand and form of gabapentin that your doctor has prescribed. Check your medicine each time you get a refill at the pharmacy, to make sure you have received the correct form of this medication.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Gabapentin is not a controlled substance. You can order Gabapentin online with a doctor prescription.
Gabapentin May Increase Your Suicide Thoughts
Some people have thoughts about suicide while taking this medicine. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using Neurontin. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
In 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning of an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in patients taking some anticonvulsant drugs, including gabapentin, modifying the packaging inserts to reflect this. A 2010 meta analysis confirmed the increased risk of suicide associated with gabapentin use.
Gabapentin can be used for
- Postmenopausal Symptoms
- Alcohol Withdrawal
- Occipital Neuralgia
- Hot Flashes
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Bipolar Disorder
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Postherpetic Neuralgia
- Benign Essential Tremor
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Transverse Myelitis
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Neuropathic Pain
- Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
- Burning Mouth Syndrome
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
- Small Fiber Neuropathy
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome