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) 2,232 1,119
Fibromyalgia 2,191 1,126
Pain 1,878 887
Peripheral Neuropathy 397 168
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 352 149
Stiffness/Spasticity 226 93

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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 435
Moderate 739
Mild 910
None 1,297

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 235
Drowsiness 151
Sleepiness 145
Fatigue 141
Dizziness 138
Brain fog 80

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 156
600 mg three times daily 138
300 mg daily 115
600 mg daily 73
900 mg daily 68
300 mg twice daily 66
1,800 mg daily 63
900 mg three times daily 52
100 mg three times daily 51
600 mg twice daily 44

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 850
Side effects too severe 676
Doctor's advice 370
Other 269
Course of treatment ended 85
Expense 73
Personal research 72
Change in health plan coverage 43
See all 1797 patients who’ve stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 97
6 months - 1 year 166
1 - 2 years 238
2 - 5 years 438
5 - 10 years 338
10 years or more 170

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 330
1 - 6 months 465
6 months - 1 year 302
1 - 2 years 298
2 - 5 years 293
5 - 10 years 86
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2548
Usually 503
Sometimes 163
Never taken as prescribed 167
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 174
Somewhat hard to take 353
A little hard to take 555
Not at all hard to take 2299
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 36
$50-99 80
$25-49 168
< $25 1712
Not specified 1347

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 146
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 43
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 23
Topiramate (Topamax) 15
Tramadol (Ultram) 12

Show all 77 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 149
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 23
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 5

Show all 71 treatments patients report switching to

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254 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

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

See johannarothman's full Gabapentin history

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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jmartell
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jmartell
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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May 2, 2017 (Started Jun 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Numbness and tingling with pins and needles)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2013 (Started Jun 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Numbness and tingling with pins and needles)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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AnnieOakley
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AnnieOakley
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F44y
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 28, 2017 (Started Apr 25, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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