This medication is an anticonvulsant, prescribed for postherpetic neuralgia, and epilepsy.
How does Gabapentin work:
Gabapentin calms the brain.
How should Gabapentin be used:
Fast release: Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach. There is a liquid (solution) if you cannot swallow pills. Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given. - Extended release tablets: - Take with the evening meal. Do not chew, break, or crush.
Common side effects of Gabapentin :
Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you. Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing. Change in balance. Shakiness. Weight gain. Swelling in the arms or legs. Problems with how one acts.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
What precautions should I take when taking Gabapentin :
If you have an allergy to gabapentin or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
Can I take Gabapentin with other medicines:
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Gabapentin :
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.