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) 2,303 1,176
Fibromyalgia 2,251 1,160
Pain 1,903 905
Peripheral neuropathy 404 177
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 352 149
Stiffness/Spasticity 226 94

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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 449
Moderate 753
Mild 936
None 1,355

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 242
Drowsiness 157
Sleepiness 151
Fatigue 146
Dizziness 141
Brain fog 82

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 145
600 mg three times daily 138
300 mg daily 114
300 mg twice daily 66
900 mg daily 60
600 mg daily 56
900 mg three times daily 54
1,800 mg daily 50
1,200 mg daily 44
100 mg three times daily 43

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 866
Side effects too severe 690
Doctor's advice 380
Other 276
Course of treatment ended 86
Personal research 75
Expense 74
Change in health plan coverage 44
See all 1832 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 99
6 months - 1 year 113
1 - 2 years 206
2 - 5 years 427
5 - 10 years 347
10 years or more 166

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 334
1 - 6 months 469
6 months - 1 year 312
1 - 2 years 306
2 - 5 years 298
5 - 10 years 91
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2639
Usually 516
Sometimes 169
Never taken as prescribed 169
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 183
Somewhat hard to take 362
A little hard to take 566
Not at all hard to take 2382
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 36
$50-99 82
$25-49 175
< $25 1764
Not specified 1398

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 157
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 51
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 26
Topiramate (Topamax) 15
Tramadol (Ultram) 14

Show all 80 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 163
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 28
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 6

Show all 71 treatments patients report switching to

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256 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Aug 6, 2017 (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: gabapentin continues to be very effective for weird nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 6, 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

May 14, 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

Mar 19, 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

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

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Jul 28, 2017 (Started Aug 24, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for diabetic neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Recurrent nightmares)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Track nightmares or unpleasant vivid dreams. Is there a pattern? Is there any emotional or cognitive benefit to the dreams? Is any effect on pain worth the disruption of the nightmares/dreams?
Cost: < $25 monthly

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