What is Gabapentin XR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Gabapentin enacarbil, or Gabapentin XR, is a prodrug for the drug gabapentin. It is usually used for the treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome and postherpetic neuralgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Restless legs syndrome 20 12
Pain 5 3
Periodic limb movement disorder 4 9
Fibromyalgia 1 2
Multiple sclerosis 1 1

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • 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 0
Moderate 6
Mild 1
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin XR

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 2
Difficulty staying asleep 1
Heartburn 1
Joint pain 1
Lethargic in the the morning 1
Restless legs at night 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin XR

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg three times daily 1
1800 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin XR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 5
Expense 5
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 12 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin XR

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin XR

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Gabapentin XR

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 24
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 18
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 12
Not specified 11

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Ropinirole (Requip) 2
Gabapentin-Nortriptyline 1

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Gabapentin XR

Feb 26, 2012 (Started Nov 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Tried it in conjunction with methadone to help stop night waking. Had no effect so stopped taking it.

  • 0 helpful marks
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