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What is Gabapentin?
Gabapentin is used, together with other medications, to prevent and control seizures and for the relief of pain after shingles in adults. Gabapentin is a prescription-only medication that belongs to the class of medications known as antiepileptic or anticonvulsant drugs.
How does Gabapentin work?
For postherpetic neuralgia, it is believed to prevent the decrease of sensitivity to pain that occurs. For seizures, it is believed to alter the effect of calcium. The medicine structurally resembles the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid.
The main benefit of using Gabapentin is its ability to prevent seizure. It is also effective in the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia, the pain that follows an episode of shingles.
What are the benefits of taking Gabapentin?
Neuropathic pain can extremely debilitating, disrupting not only daily life but sleep as well. Taking Gabapentin can decrease sensitivity and help to block pain for those who are suffering, allowing you to continue with life as normal.
How do I use Gabapentin?
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor on how to take this medicine. It is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the product package when you fill up your prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
This medicine is to be taken by mouth with or without a meal. Your dosage of the medication is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. For children, the dose of Gabapentin is computed based on body weight.
It is important that you follow exactly the dosing instructions of your doctor. He may gradually increase the dose of Gabapentin to let the body adjust naturally to the drug. You can minimize the side effects of this medication by taking the first dose at bedtime.
Take Gabapentin regularly to get the most benefit from it. Taking this medication at regular intervals by taking the doses at the same time each day will help you maintain steady amounts of the meds in your system. If you are taking gabapentin 3 times daily for the control of your seizures, you need to take a dose at least 8 hours before the next dose to prevent your seizures from increasing.
Do not take Gabapentin more often or increase your dose without the approval of your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster and the risk of serious side effects may increase.
Do not stop taking Gabapentin without first consulting your doctor. Your condition may worsen when you suddenly stop taking this drug. You may have to gradually decrease your dose if you want to stop the use of this medication.
Antacids that contain magnesium or aluminium may interfere with how this medication is absorbed by the body. If you will take an antacid, be sure to take gabapentin at least 2 hours after taking the antacid.
Different forms of gabapentin are absorbed in the body differently. Do not switch from one form of gabapentin to the other without first consulting your doctor.
Antacids that contain magnesium or aluminium may interfere with the absorption of Gabapentin. If you are taking an antacid, take gabapentin at least 2 hours after taking the antacid.
Report to your doctor if your condition will not improve or if it worsens.
Gabapentin is available as:
- Capsules: 100, 300, and 400 mg
- Tablets: 100, 300, 400, 600, and 800 mg
- Solution: 250 mg/5ml
The recommended dose for postherpetic neuralgia is 1800 mg daily in 3 divided doses or 1800 mg once daily.
Seizures are treated with 900-1800 mg/daily in 3 divided doses.
Side effects & precautions
The common side effects of Gabapentin are:
- Loss of coordination
- Unusual eye movements
- Blurred or double vision
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, report to your doctor immediately.
Report to your doctor if you experience any of the serious side effect: swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet.
A small number of people who take anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin, for any conditions may experience suicidal thoughts, depression, and other mental or mood problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you or your family/caregiver notice any sudden or unusual changes in your mood, behavior, or thoughts including signs of depression, suicidal thoughts or attempt to harm yourself.
Get immediate medical help if you have any serious side effects, including slow or shallow breathing.
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of a allergic reaction, such as fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, itching or swelling of the face/tongue/throat, trouble breathing, or severe dizziness.
Before you start taking gabapentin, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it, or to gabapentin enacarbil, or if you have other allergies. Gabapentin may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other problems.
Before you start taking gabapentin, share with your doctor your medical history especially of kidney disease, breathing problems, mental or mood problems, or use or abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Gabapentin may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Using marijuana or alcohol can make problems worse. Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery, or do anything that requires clear vision and alertness until you are sure that you can safely perform the task.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of gabapentin, especially swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet, dizziness, or loss or coordination. Your risk of falling may be increased with dizziness or loss of coordination.
Children may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.
Gabapentin should be taken only when clearly needed by a pregnant woman. Discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of taking gabapentin during pregnancy.
Gabapentin passes into breast milk. Check first with your doctor before you start to breastfeed
Drug interactions can alter the way your medicine works or increase your risk of serious side effects. Share with your doctor a list of your current medications to allow him to check for any unsafe combination with gabapentin. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without the approval of your doctor.
Orlistat may interact with gabapentin.
Do not use gabapentin with other medications that contain gabapentin including gabapentin enacarbil.
How do I buy Gabapentin online?
You can safely buy Gabapentin online at UK Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Gabapentin is the right medication for your medical condition.