What is Gabapentin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Neurontin Gabatin Gralise Show all

false

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) 2,274 1,155
fibromyalgia 2,232 1,147
Pain 1,892 900
peripheral neuropathy 402 177
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 352 149
Stiffness/Spasticity 226 93

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 441
Moderate 752
Mild 922
None 1,340

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 240
Drowsiness 156
Sleepiness 148
Fatigue 146
Dizziness 140
Brain fog 82

Show all 570 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 158
600 mg three times daily 142
300 mg daily 123
900 mg daily 67
300 mg twice daily 65
600 mg daily 63
900 mg three times daily 63
1,800 mg daily 53
100 mg three times daily 50
600 mg twice daily 50

See all 124 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 862
Side effects too severe 682
Doctor's advice 378
Other 275
Course of treatment ended 85
Expense 74
Personal research 72
Change in health plan coverage 44
See all 1820 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 88
6 months - 1 year 107
1 - 2 years 233
2 - 5 years 458
5 - 10 years 379
10 years or more 177

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 333
1 - 6 months 467
6 months - 1 year 309
1 - 2 years 304
2 - 5 years 297
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2609
Usually 511
Sometimes 169
Never taken as prescribed 166
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 180
Somewhat hard to take 360
A little hard to take 562
Not at all hard to take 2353
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 38
$100-199 36
$50-99 82
$25-49 175
< $25 1746
Not specified 1378

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 154
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 50
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) 151
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 28
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 6

Show all 71 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

254 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 254 patient evaluations for Gabapentin