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 2,468 1,263
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,418 1,247
Pain 1,962 937
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
474
Moderate
794
Mild
966
None
1,436

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 259
Drowsiness 162
Sleepiness 156
Fatigue 154
Dizziness 147
Brain fog 80

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 157
600 mg three times daily 131
300 mg daily 127
900 mg daily 74
600 mg daily 71
300 mg twice daily 70
1,200 mg daily 60
900 mg three times daily 49
600 mg twice daily 45
1,800 mg daily 44

See all 118 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 918
Side effects too severe 730
Doctor's advice 406
Other 291
Course of treatment ended 88
Personal research 83
Expense 79
Change in health plan coverage 47
See all 1940 patients who've stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 71
6 months - 1 year 117
1 - 2 years 214
2 - 5 years 430
5 - 10 years 397
10 years or more 214

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 375
1 - 6 months 489
6 months - 1 year 311
1 - 2 years 322
2 - 5 years 318
5 - 10 years 101
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2775
Usually 535
Sometimes 176
Never taken as prescribed 184
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 193
Somewhat hard to take 378
A little hard to take 599
Not at all hard to take 2500
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 41
$100-199 39
$50-99 85
$25-49 173
< $25 1839
Not specified 1493

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 190
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) 200
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 37
Tramadol (Ultram) 19
Milnacipran (Savella) 9
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8

Show all 79 treatments patients report switching to

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259 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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