What is Gabapentin?

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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 2,518 1,289
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,477 1,287
Pain 1,990 958
Peripheral neuropathy 414 202
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 355 153

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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 483
Moderate 815
Mild 979
None 1,482

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 263
Drowsiness 167
Sleepiness 158
Fatigue 156
Dizziness 153
Brain fog 82

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 141
300 mg daily 136
600 mg three times daily 118
900 mg daily 79
600 mg daily 73
300 mg twice daily 57
600 mg twice daily 53
100 mg daily 45
1,200 mg daily 45
1,800 mg daily 42

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 943
Side effects too severe 752
Doctor's advice 411
Other 291
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 84
Expense 79
Change in health plan coverage 48
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Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 51
6 months - 1 year 129
1 - 2 years 199
2 - 5 years 408
5 - 10 years 370
10 years or more 227

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 379
1 - 6 months 501
6 months - 1 year 317
1 - 2 years 331
2 - 5 years 324
5 - 10 years 107
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2847
Usually 548
Sometimes 177
Never taken as prescribed 187
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 194
Somewhat hard to take 385
A little hard to take 611
Not at all hard to take 2569
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 39
$50-99 85
$25-49 178
< $25 1877
Not specified 1538

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 195
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 29
Topiramate (Topamax) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 15

Show all 91 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 211
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 41
Tramadol (Ultram) 22
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Milnacipran (Savella) 8

Show all 86 treatments patients report switching to

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260 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

May 29, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Probably cuts 85% of nerve pain. Would rather not continue to take this as it is an epilepsy drug and am wondering what it is doing to my brain. New York is on the Opiod bandwagon and all doctors are afraid of prescribing anything other than hydrocodone. I would rather take Percocet and cut 95% of all my nerve pain and not take this anymore.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 28, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 29, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Probably cuts 85% of nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

May 19, 2018 (Started Jan 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for laryngeal sensory neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: WHEN THE SENSORY NEUROPATHY KEEPS SPREADING, MORE OF YOUR BODY LOSES FEELING. I HAVE NO FEELING FROM MY HANDS DOWN TO MY FEET. IT IS DEVASTATING

Apr 13, 2018 (Started Jan 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for laryngeal sensory neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: WHEN THE SENSORY NEUROPATHY KEEPS SPREADING, MORE OF YOUR BODY LOSES FEELING. I HAVE NO FEELING FROM MY HANDS DOWN TO MY FEET. IT IS DEVASTATING

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I am now taking only the 600 milligrams at bedtime , to help me sleep. I have no nerve pain now .

Dec 3, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Has made me too sleepy in the daytime,so I take a smaller dose wyen not working.

  • 1 helpful mark
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