What is Gabapentin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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
Fibromyalgia 2,503 1,282
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,451 1,274
Pain 1,979 950
Peripheral neuropathy 413 197
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 354 152

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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 480
Moderate 804
Mild 979
None 1,461

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 262
Drowsiness 164
Sleepiness 157
Fatigue 156
Dizziness 152
Brain fog 80

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 161
300 mg daily 149
600 mg three times daily 122
900 mg daily 82
600 mg daily 75
300 mg twice daily 60
1,200 mg daily 55
600 mg twice daily 50
1,800 mg daily 49
900 mg three times daily 41

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 930
Side effects too severe 742
Doctor's advice 408
Other 293
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 83
Expense 79
Change in health plan coverage 48
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Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 132
1 - 2 years 211
2 - 5 years 426
5 - 10 years 395
10 years or more 228

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 378
1 - 6 months 496
6 months - 1 year 314
1 - 2 years 329
2 - 5 years 319
5 - 10 years 103
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2817
Usually 543
Sometimes 177
Never taken as prescribed 187
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 195
Somewhat hard to take 382
A little hard to take 606
Not at all hard to take 2541
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 39
$50-99 85
$25-49 175
< $25 1863
Not specified 1520

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 191
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 28
Topiramate (Topamax) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 15

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Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 208
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 39
Tramadol (Ultram) 22
Milnacipran (Savella) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8

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262 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Apr 13, 2018 (Started Jan 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for laryngeal sensory neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: WHEN THE SENSORY NEUROPATHY KEEPS SPREADING, MORE OF YOUR BODY LOSES FEELING. I HAVE NO FEELING FROM MY HANDS DOWN TO MY FEET. IT IS DEVASTATING

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I am now taking only the 600 milligrams at bedtime , to help me sleep. I have no nerve pain now .

Dec 3, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Has made me too sleepy in the daytime,so I take a smaller dose wyen not working.

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Three times daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Jan 26, 2012 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

May 5, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

  • 0 helpful marks
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