What is Gabapentin?

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Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication, which means it helps calm hyperactivity in the brain. It's used as an adjunct treatment for partial seizures and for the management of neuropathic pain and postherpetic neuralgia, the pain that results from shingles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 2,564 1,324
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2,510 1,309
Pain 2,001 970
Peripheral neuropathy 417 208
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 357 154

Show all 515 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 492
Moderate 828
Mild 994
None 1,512

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gabapentin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 267
Drowsiness 171
Fatigue 159
Sleepiness 159
Dizziness 155
Brain fog 84

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gabapentin

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 129
300 mg three times daily 120
600 mg three times daily 114
900 mg daily 82
600 mg daily 61
300 mg twice daily 48
600 mg twice daily 44
900 mg three times daily 41
100 mg three times daily 39
1,200 mg daily 38

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Why patients stopped taking Gabapentin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 962
Side effects too severe 763
Doctor's advice 418
Other 294
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 85
Expense 81
Change in health plan coverage 49
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Duration

Currently taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 55
6 months - 1 year 82
1 - 2 years 163
2 - 5 years 407
5 - 10 years 355
10 years or more 224

Stopped taking Gabapentin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 387
1 - 6 months 504
6 months - 1 year 321
1 - 2 years 336
2 - 5 years 332
5 - 10 years 113
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2895
Usually 559
Sometimes 180
Never taken as prescribed 192
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 195
Somewhat hard to take 387
A little hard to take 618
Not at all hard to take 2626
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 42
$100-199 40
$50-99 85
$25-49 181
< $25 1910
Not specified 1568

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gabapentin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 203
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 59
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 30
Topiramate (Topamax) 19
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 16

Show all 94 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gabapentin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 215
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 44
Tramadol (Ultram) 21
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 9
Milnacipran (Savella) 8

Show all 90 treatments patients report switching to

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259 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I'll take the 600 milligrams at night I sleep well usually. However if I take More than 1300 milligram tab in the daytime I'm too sleepy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I am now taking only the 600 milligrams at bedtime , to help me sleep. I have no nerve pain now .

Dec 3, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Has made me too sleepy in the daytime,so I take a smaller dose wyen not working.

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 21, 2018 (Started Jun 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 28, 2013 (Started Jun 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restless legs syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Jun 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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