What is Gabapentin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Neurontin Gabatin Gralise Show all

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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) 2,281 1,162
fibromyalgia 2,240 1,155
Pain 1,893 902
peripheral neuropathy 401 177
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 352 149
Stiffness/Spasticity 226 94

Show all 590 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 444
Moderate 752
Mild 928
None 1,346

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 242
Drowsiness 157
Sleepiness 148
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 154
600 mg three times daily 144
300 mg daily 115
900 mg daily 65
300 mg twice daily 63
900 mg three times daily 62
600 mg daily 61
1,800 mg daily 53
600 mg twice daily 45
1,200 mg daily 44

See all 121 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 863
Side effects too severe 683
Doctor's advice 379
Other 275
Course of treatment ended 86
Expense 74
Personal research 72
Change in health plan coverage 44
See all 1822 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 87
6 months - 1 year 107
1 - 2 years 231
2 - 5 years 432
5 - 10 years 363
10 years or more 175

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 333
1 - 6 months 467
6 months - 1 year 310
1 - 2 years 304
2 - 5 years 297
5 - 10 years 89
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2622
Usually 513
Sometimes 169
Never taken as prescribed 166
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 182
Somewhat hard to take 360
A little hard to take 565
Not at all hard to take 2363
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 36
$50-99 82
$25-49 175
< $25 1750
Not specified 1389

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 154
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 51
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 25
Topiramate (Topamax) 15
Tramadol (Ultram) 14

Show all 79 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 155
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 29
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 6

Show all 70 treatments patients report switching to

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255 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Jul 24, 2017 (Started Jul 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily

Jun 22, 2015 (Started Jul 23, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 12, 2017 (Started Jun 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Low Testosterone, Prolactin increased, Oversleeping (too much sleep))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Jun 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Emotional pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I notice improvement at the start of taking Neurontin, but not so much now.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2016 (Started Jun 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Emotional pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: It has only been about 2 months but I have been feeling better, less emotional pain and less depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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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