What is Gabapentin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Ketoprofen, Bupivacaine, Amitriptyline, Clonidine, Gabapentin , Ketamine, Cyclobenzaprine

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication, which means it helps calm hyperactivity in the brain. It's used as an adjunct treatment for partial seizures and for the management of neuropathic pain and postherpetic neuralgia, the pain that results from shingles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 2645 1368
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2464 1309
Pain 2039 986
Peripheral neuropathy 421 215
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 361 155

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 505
Moderate 835
Mild 1013
None 1539

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 281
Drowsiness 179
Fatigue 162
Sleepiness 161
Dizziness 155
Brain fog 89

Show all 469 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg three times daily 88
300 mg daily 78
600 mg three times daily 67
900 mg daily 41
600 mg daily 36
1200 mg daily 35
600 mg twice daily 31
300 mg twice daily 30
900 mg three times daily 26
800 mg three times daily 24

See all 94 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 989
Side effects too severe 785
Doctor's advice 428
Other 294
Course of treatment ended 93
Personal research 85
Expense 84
Change in health plan coverage 49
See all 2061 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 246
5 - 10 years 233
10 years or more 181

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 400
1 - 6 months 511
6 months - 1 year 320
1 - 2 years 346
2 - 5 years 350
5 - 10 years 117
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2942
Usually 566
Sometimes 179
Never taken as prescribed 205
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 205
Somewhat hard to take 391
A little hard to take 628
Not at all hard to take 2668
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 42
$100-199 38
$50-99 85
$25-49 184
< $25 1905
Not specified 1638

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 220
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 60
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 33
Topiramate (Topamax) 21
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 17

Show all 96 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 225
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 52
Tramadol (Ultram) 22
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9
Topiramate (Topamax) 9

Show all 92 treatments patients report switching to

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256 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Oct 31, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bell's palsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for facial pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: insomnia, fatigue

Jul 3, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Side effects: insomnia, fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I'll take the 600 milligrams at night I sleep well usually. However if I take More than 1300 milligram tab in the daytime I'm too sleepy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I am now taking only the 600 milligrams at bedtime , to help me sleep. I have no nerve pain now .

Dec 3, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Has made me too sleepy in the daytime,so I take a smaller dose wyen not working.

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 21, 2018 (Started Jun 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 28, 2013 (Started Jun 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Jun 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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