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 2,442 1,256
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,397 1,241
Pain 1,948 929
Peripheral neuropathy 410 193
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 354 152

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
471
Moderate
788
Mild
963
None
1,430

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 249
Drowsiness 160
Sleepiness 156
Fatigue 153
Dizziness 146
Brain fog 80

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 175
300 mg daily 136
600 mg three times daily 129
300 mg twice daily 69
600 mg daily 66
900 mg daily 63
1,200 mg daily 61
1,800 mg daily 48
600 mg twice daily 47
900 mg three times daily 47

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 907
Side effects too severe 725
Doctor's advice 402
Other 290
Course of treatment ended 87
Expense 79
Personal research 79
Change in health plan coverage 47
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Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 72
6 months - 1 year 127
1 - 2 years 213
2 - 5 years 426
5 - 10 years 394
10 years or more 211

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 370
1 - 6 months 488
6 months - 1 year 309
1 - 2 years 320
2 - 5 years 316
5 - 10 years 101
10 years or more 43
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2761
Usually 533
Sometimes 175
Never taken as prescribed 183
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 193
Somewhat hard to take 378
A little hard to take 595
Not at all hard to take 2486
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 41
$100-199 39
$50-99 85
$25-49 173
< $25 1830
Not specified 1484

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 185
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 27
Topiramate (Topamax) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 14

Show all 86 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 197
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 36
Tramadol (Ultram) 18
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Milnacipran (Savella) 8

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260 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Jan 17, 2018 (Started Dec 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Gabapentin has worked wonders for my neuralgia and for my trigeminal neuralgia that I've dealt with twice in the past year. I cannot recommend this drug enough for nerve pain.

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Jan 15, 2018 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

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Jan 6, 2018 (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 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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