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
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 1,960 927
Fibromyalgia 1,957 937
Pain 1,756 774
Peripheral Neuropathy 359 140
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 350 146
Stiffness/Spasticity 225 90

Show all 552 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
Severe 384
Moderate 644
Mild 795
None 1,080

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 208
Sleepiness 130
Drowsiness 124
Fatigue 116
Dizziness 110
Brain fog 73

Show all 528 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 95
300 mg three times daily 81
600 mg three times daily 62
900 mg daily 47
600 mg daily 45
300 mg twice daily 41
1,200 mg daily 41
1,800 mg daily 38
100 mg three times daily 29
600 mg twice daily 27

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 774
Side effects too severe 616
Doctor's advice 345
Other 256
Course of treatment ended 82
Expense 69
Personal research 66
Change in health plan coverage 38
See all 1652 patients who’ve stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 70
6 months - 1 year 67
1 - 2 years 146
2 - 5 years 280
5 - 10 years 214
10 years or more 108

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 298
1 - 6 months 443
6 months - 1 year 274
1 - 2 years 279
2 - 5 years 264
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 33
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2212
Usually 422
Sometimes 139
Never taken as prescribed 130
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 145
Somewhat hard to take 317
A little hard to take 482
Not at all hard to take 1959
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 32
$100-199 29
$50-99 73
$25-49 142
< $25 1486
Not specified 1141

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 99
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 23
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 18
Topiramate (Topamax) 10
Tramadol (Ultram) 10

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 110
Tramadol (Ultram) 15
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 13
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 5

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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249 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Gabapentin history

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I upped the dosage since the weird hands sensation has intensified.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 9, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Gabapentin is a major help for weird nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Gabapentin continues to be a major reliever of nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 26, 2015 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My toes and feet no longer feel quite so strange, they still do feel some what odd, but much less so.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Kappy4
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Kappy4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Nov 21, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Itching)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Three times daily

Nov 14, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Itching)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Three times daily

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johannarothman
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johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
PLS

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Nov 20, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Radiculopathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 23, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Radiculopathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 28, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Radiculopathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 24, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Radiculopathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Had to increase dosage at end of June, 2016 because of left leg pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 29, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Radiculopathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I sleep quite well. I don't wake with back pain. I am refreshed and ready for the day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 8, 2016 (Started Dec 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Radiculopathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take one capsule before bed. I find I sleep quite well. I never wake up with radicular pain. I am rested and ready for the day when I wake.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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