Neurontin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 for the treatment of seizures. The drug name of Neurontin is Gabapentin. In people with fibromyalgia, Neurontin may help reduce pain and improve sleep.
Neurontin must be used with caution in people with a history of depression. Neurontin may not be suitable for use by pregnant women, men or women who plan to try to conceive a child, or women who are breastfeeding.
Neurontin is an anticonvulsant, or drug that prevents seizures. It is believed that Neurontin works in cases of fibromyalgia by reducing the number of pain signals that nerves send, calming overactive nerves.
How do I take it?
Neurontin is a capsule or tablet taken by mouth three times a day. Neurontin should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken with or without food. It is important to take Neurontin at evenly spaced times during the 24-hour day. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Neurontin, since it can exacerbate some side effects.
If you decide to stop taking Neurontin, consult your doctor on how to taper off. Do not abruptly stop taking Neurontin.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Neurontin.
A 2014 article reviewed 37 studies of Gabapentin (Neurontin) for neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia. The studies included a total of 5,633 people and lasted for at least four weeks. Based on study results, researchers concluded that Gabapentin is a helpful treatment for some people with fibromyalgia.
Children may experience some side effects of Neurontin more intensely.
Common side effects of Neurontin include drowsiness, dizziness, clumsiness, unsteadiness, vision changes, unusual movements of the eyes, and muscle tremors.
Call your doctor if you experience swelling of your hands or feet or signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, and cough while taking Neurontin.
Some people experience neurological symptoms including depression or suicidal thoughts while taking Neurontin. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.
Neurontin can also cause allergic reactions. Get medical help immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, eyes, lips, or tongue.
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