What is Gabapentin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Gabapentin-Nortriptyline

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) 2,101 1,034
Fibromyalgia 2,071 1,021
Pain 1,824 835
Peripheral Neuropathy 379 154
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 351 148
Stiffness/Spasticity 225 92

Show all 568 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 409
Moderate 700
Mild 846
None 1,185

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 222
Fatigue 137
Sleepiness 137
Drowsiness 136
Dizziness 123
Brain fog 77

Show all 547 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 137
300 mg daily 110
600 mg three times daily 89
900 mg daily 58
300 mg twice daily 52
600 mg daily 51
1,800 mg daily 46
1,200 mg daily 42
600 mg twice daily 40
800 mg three times daily 36

See all 107 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 812
Side effects too severe 644
Doctor's advice 360
Other 262
Course of treatment ended 84
Expense 72
Personal research 69
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1724 patients who’ve stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 132
1 - 2 years 185
2 - 5 years 375
5 - 10 years 283
10 years or more 134

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 311
1 - 6 months 457
6 months - 1 year 290
1 - 2 years 290
2 - 5 years 273
5 - 10 years 84
10 years or more 36
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2379
Usually 460
Sometimes 150
Never taken as prescribed 151
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 163
Somewhat hard to take 334
A little hard to take 519
Not at all hard to take 2124
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 31
$50-99 77
$25-49 149
< $25 1597
Not specified 1248

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 122
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 34
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 21
Topiramate (Topamax) 11
Tramadol (Ultram) 10

Show all 70 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 130
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 21
Tramadol (Ultram) 15
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 5

Show all 61 treatments patients report switching to

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251 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

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poester
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poester
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See poester's full Gabapentin history

Feb 16, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
johannarothman
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johannarothman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
PLS

See johannarothman's full Gabapentin history

Feb 12, 2017 (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

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Penni
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Penni
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: none
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See Penni's full Gabapentin history

Jan 27, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Three times daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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