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 2681 1392
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2486 1338
Pain 2054 999
Peripheral neuropathy 423 217
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 360 154

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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 506
Moderate 845
Mild 1034
None 1564

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 284
Drowsiness 182
Sleepiness 166
Fatigue 164
Dizziness 159
Brain fog 90

Show all 472 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg three times daily 65
600 mg three times daily 48
300 mg daily 43
600 mg daily 35
900 mg daily 29
300 mg twice daily 24
600 mg twice daily 24
900 mg three times daily 19
100 mg three times daily 18
1200 mg daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 999
Side effects too severe 788
Doctor's advice 432
Other 297
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 87
Expense 83
Change in health plan coverage 49
See all 2079 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 186
5 - 10 years 172
10 years or more 121

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 403
1 - 6 months 512
6 months - 1 year 323
1 - 2 years 345
2 - 5 years 356
5 - 10 years 121
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2987
Usually 572
Sometimes 179
Never taken as prescribed 211
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 208
Somewhat hard to take 396
A little hard to take 639
Not at all hard to take 2706
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 42
$100-199 38
$50-99 86
$25-49 185
< $25 1933
Not specified 1665

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 221
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 61
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) 229
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 53
Tramadol (Ultram) 22
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9
Topiramate (Topamax) 9

Show all 92 treatments patients report switching to

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258 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Apr 21, 2020 (Started Jun 30, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 20, 2020 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Did nothing except confuse me. Of course I'm old.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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