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Gabapentin

Neurontin also known as gabapentin is an anticonvulsant that was developed specifically for epilepsy. In the recent years, Neurontin has been found to be also effective for other diseases such as relieving people with conditions of fibromyalgia or people who experience chronic neuropathic pain due to post-herpetic neuralgia also known as post shingles pain and diabetic neuropathy.

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Neuropathic Pain

UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Neuropathic Pain. Below is what he has to say.

Neuropathic pain is a complex chronic state of pain that can be the result of tissue injury or a malfunctioning nervous system where nerve fibers may be damaged, dysfunctional or injured. Neuropathic pain can be difficult to treat as damaged nerves can send confusing signals to the brain. An injury which should only produce mild pain can be perceived as excruciating, stabbing, shooting, burning or even like an electric shock.

Neuropathic pain can also sometimes be felt when there's no apparent reason or cause of pain at all. If you've been diagnosed with neuropathic pain, there are several medications which could provide relief, including amitryptaline, pregabalin and duloxetine. People in pain need access to effective medication. UK Meds can prescribe these for you and (most importantly), get them to you quickly.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

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What is Gabapentin (Neurontin)?

It is a medicine used with other medications to prevent and control seizures. It is also used to relieve nerve pain following shingles (a painful rash due to herpes zoster infection) in adults. It is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug.

  • Gabapentin oral capsule is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand name: Neurontin.
  • It is also available as an immediate-release oral tablet, an extended-release oral tablet, and an oral solution.
  • Oral capsules are used to treat partial seizures in adults and children. It’s also used to treat nerve pain caused by a shingles infection.
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How to use Gabapentin

Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking gabapentin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight.

If you are taking the tablets and your doctor directs you to split the tablet in half, take the other half-tablet at your next scheduled dose. Discard half tablets if not used within several days of splitting them. If you are taking the capsules, swallow them whole with plenty of water.

It is very important to follow your doctor's dosing instructions exactly. During the first few days of treatment, your doctor may gradually increase your dose so your body can adjust to the medication. To minimize side effects, take the very first dose at bedtime.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. This drug works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take gabapentin at evenly spaced intervals at the same time(s) each day. If you are taking this medication 3 times a day to control seizures, do not let more than 12 hours pass between doses because your seizures may increase.

What is Neurontin?

Neurontin also known as gabapentin is an anticonvulsant that was developed specifically for epilepsy. In the recent years, Neurontin has been found to be also effective for other diseases such as relieving people with conditions of fibromyalgia or people who experience chronic neuropathic pain due to post-herpetic neuralgia also known as post shingles pain and diabetic neuropathy. Aside from that, neurontin is now also used as a medicine to treat migraines.

The mechanism of action of neurontin is through the binding of the active ingredients onto the calcium channels that are present in the nerve cells of the spinal cord and the brain. As a result, there is a release of multiple neurotransmitters that aid in conducting messages among the nerve cells.

Specifically, neurontin or gabapentin prevents the release of glutamate which is a neurotransmitter that transmits mainly pain signals into the brain and the nervous system. By reducing the amount of glutamate, the pain due to neuropathic pain from a damage in the nerve functions is highly decreased.