What is Neurontin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Gabapentin

Neurontin® is a brand name for gabapentin, an anticonvulsant used as an adjunct treatment for partial seizures and for the management of nerve pain, especially pain after shingles (postherpetic neuralgia).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 577 244
Fibromyalgia 541 252
Pain 360 156
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 116 39
Stiffness/spasticity 63 23

Show all 225 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
121
Moderate
161
Mild
206
None
276

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Neurontin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 58
Sleepiness 39
Drowsiness 37
Dizziness 28
Increased appetite 17
Fatigue 16

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Neurontin

Dosage Patients
300 mg three times daily 21
300 mg daily 19
600 mg daily 14
600 mg three times daily 13
1,200 mg daily 12
900 mg daily 10
800 mg three times daily 10
100 mg three times daily 9
3,600 mg daily 5
100 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Neurontin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 228
Side effects too severe 186
Doctor's advice 102
Other 89
Course of treatment ended 31
Expense 23
Personal research 20
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 498 patients who've stopped taking Neurontin

Duration

Currently taking Neurontin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Neurontin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 97
1 - 6 months 118
6 months - 1 year 70
1 - 2 years 88
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 571
Usually 117
Sometimes 45
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 86
A little hard to take 114
Not at all hard to take 521
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 9
$50-99 18
$25-49 36
< $25 386
Not specified 304

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Neurontin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 17
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 3
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 3
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Neurontin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 24
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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83 patient evaluations for Neurontin

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 12, 2017 (Started Jun 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (low testosterone, prolactin increased, oversleeping (too much sleep))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Jun 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for emotional pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: I notice improvement at the start of taking Neurontin, but not so much now.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 11, 2016 (Started Jun 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for emotional pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: It has only been about 2 months but I have been feeling better, less emotional pain and less depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Jun 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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