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 2,525 1,301
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,484 1,290
Pain 1,990 961
Peripheral neuropathy 416 203
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 355 153

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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 488
Moderate 814
Mild 984
None 1,492

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 262
Drowsiness 167
Fatigue 158
Sleepiness 158
Dizziness 153
Brain fog 82

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 139
300 mg daily 130
600 mg three times daily 112
900 mg daily 78
600 mg daily 74
300 mg twice daily 60
600 mg twice daily 50
100 mg daily 43
1,200 mg daily 43
100 mg three times daily 42

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 945
Side effects too severe 757
Doctor's advice 411
Other 291
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 84
Expense 79
Change in health plan coverage 48
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Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 55
6 months - 1 year 85
1 - 2 years 150
2 - 5 years 436
5 - 10 years 383
10 years or more 240

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 381
1 - 6 months 500
6 months - 1 year 317
1 - 2 years 333
2 - 5 years 325
5 - 10 years 108
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2863
Usually 548
Sometimes 178
Never taken as prescribed 189
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 194
Somewhat hard to take 385
A little hard to take 614
Not at all hard to take 2585
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 40
$50-99 84
$25-49 179
< $25 1888
Not specified 1545

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 195
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 29
Topiramate (Topamax) 19
Tramadol (Ultram) 15

Show all 90 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 211
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 42
Tramadol (Ultram) 22
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9
Milnacipran (Savella) 8

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260 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Jun 30, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 29, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Probably cuts 85% of nerve pain. Would rather not continue to take this as it is an epilepsy drug and am wondering what it is doing to my brain. New York is on the Opiod bandwagon and all doctors are afraid of prescribing anything other than hydrocodone. I would rather take Percocet and cut 95% of all my nerve pain and not take this anymore.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 28, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 29, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Probably cuts 85% of nerve pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

May 19, 2018 (Started Jan 23, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (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

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
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