What is Gralise?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Gabapentin

Gralise is a once-daily, extended release version of gabapentin that is used to treat the pain associated with shingles infection, known as postherpetic neuralgia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 23 14
fibromyalgia 18 10
Pain 9 5
Back pain 2 2
peripheral neuropathy 2 0
Tingling sensation in extremities 2 3

Show all 21 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 3
Moderate 5
Mild 5
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gralise

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 3
Balance problems 2
Dizziness 2
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2
Nausea 2
Brain fog 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gralise

Dosage Patients
1,800 mg daily 7
900 mg daily 2
900 tablet(s) daily 1
600 mg twice daily 1
600 mg three times daily 1
54,000 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Gralise

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking Gralise

Duration

Currently taking Gralise

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Gralise

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 18
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 6
< $25 2
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gralise after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1

Patients stopped taking Gralise and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Doxepin (Sinequan) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Gralise

Jan 16, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Nerve pain in left leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Allodynia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nausea, Speech ataxia-problems coordinating speech, Loss of sex drive (libido), Brain fog, Balance problems, Dizziness, Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I've been on this for a few yrs now. It has helped a bit more than previous meds, but without the combo of pain meds, natural supplements and going gluten-free, it is only a mild improvement.  I can definitely tell when I'm an hour or 2 late for taking it because the pain creeps in significantly. This makes me worry that it's more of a drug-dependence (withdrawl) for my body, than my typical pain, but bc I get all over nerve pain, it's hard to differentiate. I don't have this problem with my pain meds and have also been on them for years. Also, my memory and cognitive functioning has been decreasing and it's very difficult to tell if that's med related or something else is going on. As far as, energy, it continues to deplete, but that could be Thyroid related or something else. I still prefer these over the other meds I've tried for allodynia, nerve pain and Fibromyalgia. 
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 16, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Nerve pain in left leg)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Allodynia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nausea, Speech ataxia-problems coordinating speech, Loss of sex drive (libido), Brain fog, Balance problems, Dizziness, Memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure that you eat a solid meal before taking and don't plan time drive. The nausea and dizziness is enough to make you uncoordinated. For me luckily, the side effects, other than the nausea, have decreased a little.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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