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 14201 1465
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2938 1406
Pain 2311 1038
Peripheral neuropathy 1988 231
Spinal cord injury 704 17
Diabetic neuropathy 575 80

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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 517
Moderate 879
Mild 1089
None 1676

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 286
Drowsiness 187
Sleepiness 171
Fatigue 167
Dizziness 161
Brain fog 92

Show all 479 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg three times daily 29
300 mg daily 26
600 mg three times daily 26
900 mg daily 16
300 mg twice daily 15
600 mg daily 13
800 mg three times daily 12
600 mg twice daily 11
100 mg twice daily 10
100 mg three times daily 10

See all 68 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 1055
Side effects too severe 818
Doctor's advice 467
Other 308
Course of treatment ended 104
Personal research 95
Expense 86
Change in health plan coverage 50
See all 2187 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 74
5 - 10 years 121
10 years or more 92

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 409
1 - 6 months 509
6 months - 1 year 327
1 - 2 years 345
2 - 5 years 377
5 - 10 years 129
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 3127
Usually 605
Sometimes 191
Never taken as prescribed 238
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 221
Somewhat hard to take 417
A little hard to take 668
Not at all hard to take 2855
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 42
$100-199 39
$50-99 90
$25-49 194
< $25 1979
Not specified 1817

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 255
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 88
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 38
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 20
Topiramate (Topamax) 20

Show all 107 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 398
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 102
Tramadol (Ultram) 24
Topiramate (Topamax) 18
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 17

Show all 111 treatments patients report switching to

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259 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Mar 15, 2021 (Started Mar 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 30, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 11, 2021 (Started Jul 19, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Do not take with alcohol & don't take over prescribed amount

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 21, 2020 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

Oct 9, 2020 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

Jan 15, 2018 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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