GABAPENTIN belongs to a group of medications called anticonvulsants used to manage or prevent neuropathic pain and epilepsy. Besides this, occasionally used to treat migraine headaches. Neuropathic pain is a chronic progressive nerve disease that causes nerve pain. On the other hand, epilepsy is a nervous system disorder that occurs due to disturbed nerve cell activity in the brain.
GABAPENTIN contains Gabapentin' which works by binding to the specific site on voltage-gated calcium channels; this helps in relieving nerve pain and lowers the risk of seizures. Besides this, it also decreases the number of pain signals sent out by damaged nerves in the body.
GABAPENTIN is available on prescription. It comes as capsules, tablets, and a liquid that you drink. GABAPENTIN can be taken by adults and children aged six years and over. Take GABAPENTIN exactly as directed. Please do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes, you may experience some side effects, including feeling sleepy, tired and dizzy. Most of these side effects do not require medical attention and will resolve gradually over time. However, you are advised to talk to your doctor if you experience these side effects persistently.
To treat your condition effectually, continue taking GABAPENTIN for as long as your doctor has prescribed. Please do not stop taking GABAPENTIN without consulting your doctor as it could cause withdrawal symptoms. Do not take GABAPENTIN if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless prescribed by the doctor. GABAPENTIN may cause drowsiness and dizziness, so drive if you are alert. GABAPENTIN should not be given to children unless prescribed. Avoid consuming alcohol along with GABAPENTIN as it could lead to increased dizziness and sleepiness. Keep your doctor informed of your health condition and medicines to rule out any side effects.
Neuropathic pain, Epilepsy.
GABAPENTIN belongs to a class of medications called 'anticonvulsants' used to prevent neuropathic pain (pain due to damaged nerves), fibromyalgia (musculoskeletal pain), and epilepsy (fits). It works by binding to the specific site on voltage-gated calcium channels and blocking the action of overexcited channels; this helps in relieving nerve pain and lowers the risk of seizures. Overall it reduces nerve pain by interfering with pain signals travelling through the damaged nerves and the brain.
Do not take GABAPENTIN if you are allergic to any of its contents. Inform your doctor before taking GABAPENTIN if you have symptoms of suicidal ideation or behaviour, drug addiction, chronic pulmonary insufficiency, muscle weakness, heart problems, liver/kidney impairment. Please do not stop taking GABAPENTIN without consulting your doctor as it could cause withdrawal symptoms. Do not take GABAPENTIN if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless prescribed by the doctor. Avoid driving and consuming alcohol along with GABAPENTIN it could lead to increased dizziness and sleepiness. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience suicidal tendencies. Avoid taking St John's Wort herbal supplement (antidepressant) while taking GABAPENTIN as it might cause increased dizziness and sleepiness. Keep your doctor informed about your health condition and medicines to rule out any side effects.
Drug-Drug Interactions: GABAPENTIN may interact with painkillers (morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol, codeine), antidepressants (fluoxetine, amitriptyline), antipsychotics (quetiapine), antimalarial (mefloquine), a weight loss medicine (orlistat), anti-histamine (diphenhydramine, cetirizine).
Drug-Food Interactions: Avoid consumption of alcohol and St John's Wort herbal supplement (antidepressant) while taking GABAPENTIN as it might cause increased dizziness and sleepiness.
Drug-Disease Interactions: GABAPENTIN may have interaction with disease conditions such as heart problems, depression, diabetes, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, suicidal tendency, kidney and liver problems.
It is unsafe to consume alcohol since it may worsen the side effects like dizziness and sleepiness.
GABAPENTIN is a category B1 pregnancy drug. Please consult your doctor. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and potential risks before prescribing GABAPENTIN.
Usually, you can breastfeed while taking GABAPENTIN. Please consult your doctor before starting GABAPENTIN. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and potential risks before prescribing GABAPENTIN.
Do not drive or operate machinery if you experience dizziness or drowsiness while using GABAPENTIN. GABAPENTIN can also sometimes cause blurry/double vision, hence avoid driving in such situations. Seek medical attention if the symptoms persist longer.
Take GABAPENTIN with caution, especially if you have or had a history of liver disease/conditions. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor as required.
Take GABAPENTIN with caution, especially if you have or had a history of kidney disease/conditions. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor as required.
Neuropathic Pain: It is a nervous disorder that occurs due to nerve damage caused by chronic progressive nerve disease, limb amputation, diabetes, or infection or injury. The pain could be intermittent or continuous, felt as a prickling, stabbing, tingling, or burning sensation. A feeling of numbness and loss of senses is also common with neuropathic pain. Usually, the body sends the pain signals when there is an injury, but with neuropathic pain, the pain that is not triggered by an injury, the body sends the pain signals. Symptoms include untriggered pain, unpleasant feeling, shooting, burning, or stabbing pain, difficulty resting or sleeping, pain caused by events that are usually not painful.
Epilepsy: is a sudden rush of electricity in the brain. It is a disorder of the nervous system which occurs due to disturbed nerve cell activity in the brain. Seizures are of two types: generalized and partial seizures. Generalized seizures affect the entire brain, whereas partial seizures affect only a part of the brain. Seizures can cause uncontrollable muscle twitches and spasms. Stronger seizures may cause people to become confused or unconscious. Possible causes include high fever, trauma, genetic disorder, brain injury, or stroke.