What is Gabapentin?

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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 2,390 1,229
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,361 1,215
Pain 1,932 917
Peripheral neuropathy 406 185
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 353 150
Stiffness/spasticity 226 94

Show all 522 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 463
Moderate 773
Mild 957
None 1,401

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 246
Drowsiness 157
Sleepiness 155
Fatigue 152
Dizziness 145
Brain fog 79

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 152
600 mg three times daily 125
300 mg daily 118
300 mg twice daily 65
900 mg daily 64
600 mg daily 59
1,200 mg daily 54
900 mg three times daily 52
1,800 mg daily 44
100 mg three times daily 39

See all 119 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 894
Side effects too severe 712
Doctor's advice 395
Other 286
Course of treatment ended 87
Personal research 79
Expense 78
Change in health plan coverage 45
See all 1896 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 95
6 months - 1 year 89
1 - 2 years 206
2 - 5 years 403
5 - 10 years 352
10 years or more 179

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 353
1 - 6 months 483
6 months - 1 year 318
1 - 2 years 311
2 - 5 years 311
5 - 10 years 97
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2719
Usually 526
Sometimes 173
Never taken as prescribed 176
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 191
Somewhat hard to take 371
A little hard to take 582
Not at all hard to take 2450
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 41
$100-199 39
$50-99 85
$25-49 173
< $25 1808
Not specified 1448

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 181
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 57
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 26
Topiramate (Topamax) 18
Tramadol (Ultram) 14

Show all 86 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 188
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 33
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Gabapentin Enacarbil (Horizant) 7

Show all 76 treatments patients report switching to

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258 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Jan 12, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for shooting pain in lower extremities)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for shooting pain in left arm)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for pain in chest wall)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for pain around ribs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily

Aug 26, 2016 (Started Jan 12, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for shooting pain in left arm)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for shooting pain in lower extremities)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for pain around ribs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Three times daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 6, 2017 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: gabapentin continues to be very effective for weird nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I upped the dosage since the weird hands sensation has intensified.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 9, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Gabapentin is a major help for weird nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Gabapentin continues to be a major reliever of nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 26, 2015 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My toes and feet no longer feel quite so strange, they still do feel some what odd, but much less so.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 6, 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

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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