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 14152 1436
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2904 1365
Pain 2291 1013
Peripheral neuropathy 1972 221
Spinal cord injury 702 15
Diabetic neuropathy 572 78

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 512
Moderate 866
Mild 1049
None 1615

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 286
Drowsiness 184
Sleepiness 170
Fatigue 168
Dizziness 161
Brain fog 91

Show all 478 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg three times daily 50
300 mg daily 39
600 mg three times daily 31
900 mg daily 19
600 mg daily 18
300 mg twice daily 17
1200 mg daily 16
600 mg twice daily 15
900 mg three times daily 15
100 mg three times daily 14

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 1039
Side effects too severe 811
Doctor's advice 455
Other 307
Course of treatment ended 100
Personal research 94
Expense 87
Change in health plan coverage 50
See all 2161 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 147
5 - 10 years 137
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 405
1 - 6 months 512
6 months - 1 year 323
1 - 2 years 344
2 - 5 years 364
5 - 10 years 125
10 years or more 49
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 3046
Usually 588
Sometimes 185
Never taken as prescribed 223
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 211
Somewhat hard to take 405
A little hard to take 650
Not at all hard to take 2776
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 42
$100-199 39
$50-99 90
$25-49 191
< $25 1970
Not specified 1710

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 249
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 88
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 37
Topiramate (Topamax) 21
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 19

Show all 105 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 391
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 101
Tramadol (Ultram) 23
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 17
Topiramate (Topamax) 17

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258 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

May 28, 2020 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for nurve pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Not helping
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

Jul 16, 2009 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nurve pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

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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

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