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) 585 247
Fibromyalgia 545 257
Pain 361 160
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 116 39
Stiffness/spasticity 63 23

Show all 216 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 162
Mild 208
None 285

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Neurontin

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 60
Sleepiness 39
Drowsiness 37
Dizziness 29
Increased appetite 17
Fatigue 15

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Neurontin

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 17
300 mg three times daily 15
900 mg daily 15
600 mg daily 12
600 mg three times daily 10
800 mg three times daily 9
1,200 mg daily 8
100 mg daily 5
1,500 mg daily 5
200 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Neurontin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 230
Side effects too severe 188
Doctor's advice 102
Other 91
Course of treatment ended 31
Expense 23
Personal research 22
Change in health plan coverage 11
See all 503 patients who've stopped taking Neurontin

Duration

Currently taking Neurontin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 50

Stopped taking Neurontin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 97
1 - 6 months 119
6 months - 1 year 71
1 - 2 years 88
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 579
Usually 120
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 87
A little hard to take 117
Not at all hard to take 529
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 10
$50-99 18
$25-49 36
< $25 392
Not specified 309

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Neurontin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 18
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) 27
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Buspirone (BuSpar) 2
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Neurontin

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

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
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