GENERIC NAME: gabapentin
BRAND NAME: Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant, Fanatrex FusePag
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Gabapentin is approved for treating seizure disorders and nerve damage from herpes zoster (shingles, postherpetic neuralgia). There are many non-approved uses for gabapentin. These include alcohol withdrawal, cocaine withdrawal, hiccups, restless leg syndrome, hyperhidrosis, headaches, diabetic neuropathy, hot flashes, and fibromyalgia.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of gabapentin are:
- fluid retention (edema),
- nausea, and
Other adverse effects associated with gabapentin include:
Antiepileptic medications have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of antiepileptic drugs must balance this risk of suicide with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts, or unusual changes in behavior.
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