Neurontin side effects


Neurontin side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Neurontin (Gabapentin) is used in adults to treat certain types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy. It may also be used for other types of condition.

Neurontin side effects and interactions

It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits, especially for the first few months you take gabapentin. This is necessary to allow dose adjustments and to reduce any unwanted effects.

This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that make you drowsy or less alert). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever, other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine; prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; other medicines for seizures; muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your medical doctor or dentist before taking any of the above while you are taking gabapentin .

Neurontin side effects may cause blurred vision, double vision, clumsiness, unsteadiness, dizziness, drowsiness, or trouble in thinking. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert, well-coordinated, or able to think or see well. If these reactions are especially bothersome, check with your doctor.

Before you have any medical tests, tell the doctor in charge that you are taking gabapentin. The results of dipstick tests for protein in the urine may be affected by this medicine.

Do not stop taking gabapentin without first checking with your doctor. Stopping the medicine suddenly may cause your seizures to return or to occur more often. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are taking before stopping completely.

Observed Neurontin side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Neurontin side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Clumsiness or unsteadiness; continuous, uncontrolled, back-and-forth and/or rolling eye movements.

More Commonly Observed in patients 3 to 12 years of age

Aggressive behaviors or other behavior problems; anxiety; concentration problems and change in school performance; crying; false sense of well-being; hyperactivity or increase in body movements; mental depression ; reacting too quickly, too emotionally, or overreacting ; rapidly changing moods; restlessness; suspiciousness or distrust.

Less Commonly Observed

Black, tarry stools; chills; chest pain; cough; depression, irritability, or other mood or mental changes; fever; loss of memory; pain or swelling in arms or legs; painful or difficult urination; shortness of breath; sore throat; sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth; swollen glands; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness.

Neurontin side effects from overdose

Diarrhea; double vision; drowsiness; sluggishness; slurred speech.

Other Neurontin side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Blurred or double vision; cold or flu-like symptoms; delusions; dementia ; drowsiness; hoarseness ; lack or loss of strength; lower back or side pain; swelling of hands, feet, or lower legs; trembling or shaking

Other Neurontin side effects not listed above also may occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)


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