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Gabapentin is a custom pharmacy drug classified as an anticonvulsant, also commonly referred to as an anti-epileptic. Gabapentin has a vast array of medical uses but is perhaps most often prescribed as a preventative in the treatment of seizures. Additionally, gabapentin in some forms is used to treat restless leg syndrome and to alleviate neuropathic pain that arises as a result of herpes.


Gabapentin comes in multiple forms for delivery and administration to patients. Your doctor will advise you on your options. As some forms of gabapentin should be taken with food and some without, and dosages are different depending on your condition, talk to your doctor and follow his or her directions closely through the entire course. If taking a liquid form it is critical to use proper measuring to ensure precise dosing.


Some patients may experience some side effects when taking gabapentin though others may tolerate it quite well and experience few or even no side effects. Always watch closely to notice any potential side effects and contact your doctor if you encounter any that are troublesome, growing worse, or lingering. A partial list of some of the more commonly seen side effects is provided below for your convenience:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Diplopia
  • Tremor
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Xerostomia
  • Nystagmus
  • Viral Infection
  • Blurry Vision
  • Amblyopia

Severe Side Effects:

Any side effect experienced that feels severe in nature should be taken seriously. Seek medical attention if you experience any side effect that feels severe. A few of the possible severe side effects are:

  • Swelling (hands and feet, ankles)
  • Suicidal Thoughts

NOTE: Although rare, allergic reactions to gabapentin are possible. Familiarize yourself with all the possible signs of allergic reaction and get medical attention immediately if you experience anything that feels like an allergic reaction. A partial list of some possible signs of allergic reaction is provided below.

  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Itching/Swelling (of the face, tongue, or other area)
  • Rash

Never delay seeking emergency medical assistance immediately if you experience anything that could be an allergic reaction.


All patients considering use of this drug are advised to have a full medical review with their doctor before use.

There may be many diseases, conditions, etc. that would make the use of this drug inadvisable. Check with your doctor and he or she will inform you about all the possible contraindications relevant to your condition.

Gabapentin may be contraindicated for anyone with any of the following conditions, thoughts, or situations:

  • Depression
  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Abnormal Liver Function Test Results
  • Average to Severe Kidney Impairment
  • Myasthenia Gravis
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA