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) 2,313 1,188
Fibromyalgia 2,293 1,178
Pain 1,918 908
Peripheral neuropathy 406 178
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 352 149
Stiffness/Spasticity 226 94

Show all 518 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 454
Moderate 758
Mild 941
None 1,362

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 243
Drowsiness 157
Sleepiness 154
Fatigue 147
Dizziness 138
Brain fog 73

Show all 572 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 152
600 mg three times daily 130
300 mg daily 99
300 mg twice daily 67
900 mg daily 66
600 mg daily 57
900 mg three times daily 54
1,800 mg daily 49
1,200 mg daily 47
100 mg three times daily 43

See all 119 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 873
Side effects too severe 699
Doctor's advice 382
Other 279
Course of treatment ended 84
Expense 75
Personal research 75
Change in health plan coverage 44
See all 1851 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 81
6 months - 1 year 110
1 - 2 years 203
2 - 5 years 420
5 - 10 years 338
10 years or more 175

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 341
1 - 6 months 476
6 months - 1 year 312
1 - 2 years 308
2 - 5 years 300
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2656
Usually 519
Sometimes 169
Never taken as prescribed 171
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 187
Somewhat hard to take 364
A little hard to take 569
Not at all hard to take 2395
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 41
$100-199 37
$50-99 84
$25-49 175
< $25 1772
Not specified 1406

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 165
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 56
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 26
Topiramate (Topamax) 16
Tramadol (Ultram) 14

Show all 80 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 173
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 6

Show all 74 treatments patients report switching to

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256 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Jan 12, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Shooting pain in lower extremities)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Shooting pain in left arm)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain in chest wall)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain around ribs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily

Aug 26, 2016 (Started Jan 12, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Shooting pain in left arm)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Shooting pain in lower extremities)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain around ribs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily

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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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