Neurontin (Gabapentin) is used as an anticonvulsant to control
partial seizures (convulsions) in adult epilepsy (and children over 3)
Neurontin is also used as a painkiller to relieve neuropathic pain,
neuralgia or nerve pain. Particularly, diabetic peripheral neuropathy
and also postherpetic neuralgia (a painful condition affecting nerve fibers and skin caused by
shingles. The symptoms can include the following: sharp and jabbing pain, burning, deep and
aching pain, extreme sensitivity to touch or temperature change, itching and numbness.)
Neurontin has also been tested for treatment of neurologic intermittent claudication (NIC)
from lumbar spinal stenosis, (narrowing of the spinal or nerve canal in the spinal cord).
It is sometimes also used (off label) to prevent migraine and cluster headaches.
Ordering options for brand Neurontin and Gabapentin are below.
No prescription is needed, but some pharmacies will require a consultation via questionnaire
to enable their staff physician to issue a prescription (this is a free consultation).
This Medication Causes Drowsiness
Avoid other drugs that cause drowsiness or sleepiness, such as other anti seizure medicines,
alcohol, pain medications, muscle relaxants, antidepressants and anti anxiety agents.
Neurontin Side Effects
The most common are drowsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness, fatigue, vision changes,
weight gain, nausea, dry mouth, or constipation.
when taken for adult epilepsy: The following side effects have been reported:
blurred or double vision, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, involuntary eye movement, itchy,
runny nose, lack of muscular coordination, nausea, tremor, vomiting.
when taken for epilepsy by children: The following side effects have been reported:
weight gain, bronchitis, fever, viral infections.
when taken for nerve pain: The following side effects have been reported:
constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, infection,
lack of muscular coordination leading to injury, swelling in arms and legs, vomiting, weakness.
If any of the these serious side effects occur, inform your doctor immediately:
Tremor or shaking, swollen arms or legs, loss of coordination, mental or mood changes.
Persistent sore throat or cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, pain and redness of arms or legs.
Chest pain, trouble breathing, irregular heartbeat or faster or slower heart beat, hearing loss,
stomach or abdominal pain.