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) 2,148 1,070
Fibromyalgia 2,111 1,055
Pain 1,845 851
Peripheral Neuropathy 389 161
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 351 148
Stiffness/Spasticity 225 92

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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 417
Moderate 714
Mild 868
None 1,219

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 227
Fatigue 141
Drowsiness 139
Sleepiness 138
Dizziness 129
Brain fog 76

Show all 555 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 144
600 mg three times daily 107
300 mg daily 96
900 mg daily 62
600 mg daily 61
300 mg twice daily 57
1,800 mg daily 53
800 mg three times daily 43
600 mg twice daily 41
1,200 mg daily 39

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 826
Side effects too severe 658
Doctor's advice 362
Other 263
Course of treatment ended 84
Expense 72
Personal research 70
Change in health plan coverage 41
See all 1746 patients who’ve stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 79
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 199
2 - 5 years 383
5 - 10 years 293
10 years or more 146

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 316
1 - 6 months 459
6 months - 1 year 294
1 - 2 years 292
2 - 5 years 279
5 - 10 years 85
10 years or more 38
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2432
Usually 476
Sometimes 153
Never taken as prescribed 157
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 166
Somewhat hard to take 340
A little hard to take 529
Not at all hard to take 2183
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 33
$50-99 78
$25-49 156
< $25 1633
Not specified 1280

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 133
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 22
Topiramate (Topamax) 12
Tramadol (Ultram) 10

Show all 72 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 138
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 22
Tramadol (Ultram) 15
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 5

Show all 65 treatments patients report switching to

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252 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: mild
I am: vg
I have:
PLS

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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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cappy1950
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cappy1950
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F66y
FM:12y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Feb 28, 2017 (Started Jun 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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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

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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

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