What is Gabapentin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication used as an adjunct treatment for partial seizures and for the management of postherpetic neuralgia and neuropathic pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 2,470 1,265
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,420 1,248
Pain 1,964 936
Peripheral neuropathy 411 193
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 354 152

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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
Severe
475
Moderate
795
Mild
967
None
1,439

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 260
Drowsiness 162
Sleepiness 156
Fatigue 154
Dizziness 147
Brain fog 80

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 169
300 mg daily 126
600 mg three times daily 123
900 mg daily 73
600 mg daily 71
300 mg twice daily 63
1,200 mg daily 63
900 mg three times daily 49
100 mg daily 46
600 mg twice daily 44

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 920
Side effects too severe 732
Doctor's advice 407
Other 291
Course of treatment ended 88
Personal research 83
Expense 79
Change in health plan coverage 47
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Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 75
6 months - 1 year 116
1 - 2 years 215
2 - 5 years 427
5 - 10 years 404
10 years or more 218

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 375
1 - 6 months 490
6 months - 1 year 311
1 - 2 years 323
2 - 5 years 318
5 - 10 years 102
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2780
Usually 535
Sometimes 176
Never taken as prescribed 185
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 193
Somewhat hard to take 378
A little hard to take 602
Not at all hard to take 2503
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 41
$100-199 39
$50-99 85
$25-49 173
< $25 1840
Not specified 1498

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 190
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 27
Topiramate (Topamax) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 14

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Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 200
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 38
Tramadol (Ultram) 19
Milnacipran (Savella) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8

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258 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Three times daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Jan 26, 2012 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

May 5, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

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Jan 17, 2018 (Started Dec 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Gabapentin has worked wonders for my neuralgia and for my trigeminal neuralgia that I've dealt with twice in the past year. I cannot recommend this drug enough for nerve pain.

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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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