Neurontin (Gabapentin) is indicated to prevent and control seizures. It is used with other seizure medications. A seizure is a sudden and uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain. It may cause changes in your behavior, feelings or movements. It may also change the level of your consciousness.
This medication may also be used to relieve nerve pain following shingles. It is a painful rash caused by herpes zoster infection. It usually occurs in adults.
How does Neurontin (Gabapentin) work?
Neurontin (Gabapentin) acts as a natural nerve-exciting agent. It is released when electrical signals build-up in nerve cells. It excites more nerve cells that are thought to play a key role in causing seizures. It also includes transmitting pain signals to the brain.
This medication works in the brain and nervous system. It appears to affect the build-up of electrical signals in the nerve cells. It also affects the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain and nervous system. It is mainly the GABA and glutamate.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural nerve-calming agent. It helps to keep the nerve activity in the brain in balance.
Why use Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
Neurontin (Gabapentin) comes as a capsule for oral use. Each capsule has the strengths of 100 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg. It contains an active ingredient of Gabapentin. It belongs to the group of medicines called anticonvulsants. This was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
The dosage depends on your medical condition and response to the treatment. Remember to take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it more than the prescription to avoid some complications.
It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food. Swallow the capsule as a whole. Do not chew or crush it.
What are the side-effects of Neurontin (Gabapentin)?
- Memory loss
- Difficulty speaking
- Lack of coordination
- Unusual eye movement
- Double vision
Warnings and Precautions
- Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it.
- Call for medical help right away if there are any signs of overdose or an allergic reaction.
- This drug may not be recommended or pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Do not share this or any of your medicines with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.