What do gabapentin capsules do?
GABAPENTIN (Neurontin(R)) is effective in helping to control partial seizures (convulsions) in adults with epilepsy. Gabapentin is also used to help relieve certain types of nerve pain, and may be prescribed for other nervous system disorders. Generic gabapentin capsules are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take gabapentin?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• kidney disease
• an unusual or allergic reaction to gabapentin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take gabapentin capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the capsules with a drink of water. If gabapentin upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with gabapentin?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking gabapentin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Rare or uncommon:
• difficulty breathing or tightening of the throat
• swelling of lips or tongue
May occur in children:
• hostile or aggressive behavior
• mood changes or changes in behavior
• difficulty concentrating
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• difficulty walking or controlling muscle movements
• dizziness, drowsiness
• dry mouth
• back pain, joint aches and pains
• indigestion, gas or heartburn
• loss of appetite
• pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet
• sexual difficulty (impotence)
• skin itching
• slurred speech
• sore gums
• weight gain