GABAPENTIN: Uses, Dosage, Side effects, Composition & more - Zoylo
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GABAPENTIN: Uses, Dosage, Side effects, Composition & more - Zoylo

INFORMATION ABOUT GABAPENTIN

GABAPENTIN uses

GABAPENTIN belongs to group of medicines called antiepileptic/anticonvulsant. GABAPENTIN is used to treat epilepsy and peripheral neuropathic pain.

Common side-effects

• Dizziness
• Fatigue
• Drowsiness
• Uncoordinated movements
• Fever
• Viral infections

It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR GABAPENTIN

• Take GABAPENTIN irrespective of meals. But you are advised to follow doctors’ instructions carefully.
• Inform your doctor if you have or had any liver, kidney or heart disorder.
• Drive only when you are mentally alert and physically stable.
• Avoid taking GABAPENTIN during pregnancy, as it can be harmful to the unborn child. Ask your doctor for other anticonvulsant/antiepileptic drugs which can be taken during pregnancy.
• Consumption of alcohol along with GABAPENTIN is not recommended. It can cause unpleasant effects and extreme sedation.
• Discuss with your doctor in case of any discomfort while taking GABAPENTIN. Do not stop GABAPENTIN on your own.
• Always keep your doctor informed about the ongoing medication or the ones which you have taken in the past, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal medicines.
• Do not hesitate to speak to your doctor if you experience swelling of the lips and face, skin rash and redness and/or hair loss.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q) How does GABAPENTIN work?
A) GABAPENTIN belongs to a group of medicines called antiepileptic/anticonvulsant. GABAPENTIN works by stabilizing the electrical activity in the brain and affects the way nerves send messages to the brain.

Q) What if I take more than the prescribed dose?
A) If you have taken more than the prescribed dose, inform your family members/friends and call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital. Take the medicine strip or bottle with you, even if it is empty or distorted. Do not panic if you experience dizziness, slurred speech, double vision, drowsiness, diarrhoea and loss of consciousness. Take a family member/friend with you to the hospital for your safety. Your doctors will ensure your symptoms to subside.

Q) How does GABAPENTIN works in treating peripheral neuropathic pain?
A) GABAPENTIN works by stabilizing the electrical activity in the brain and affects the way nerves send messages to the brain. There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy. Usually, when something presses on a nerve, or when a nerve doesn’t work properly, that nerve can send false signals to the brain. Brain thinks that a part of the body is being hurt when it is not, this causes pain. By altering the way nerves work, GABAPENTIN may reduce the pain.

Q) What are the possible side-effects of GABAPENTIN?
A) GABAPENTIN is known to cause certain side-effects. You are advised not to stop GABAPENTIN if you experience the side-effects listed below. You should speak to your doctor in case you feel any discomfort. Prepare yourself for the treatment with GABAPENTIN since it may cause many side-effects. You may experience anger towards others, confusion, mood changes, depression, anxiety, nervousness, difficulty with thinking, vertigo, swelling in the legs and arms, difficulty in walking, weakness, flu-like symptoms, facial swelling, bruises, rash, itch, acne and racing heartbeat.

Q) Does GABAPENTIN cause vision problems?
A) Yes, one can experience blurred vision and double vision while taking GABAPENTIN. You are advised to avoid driving or any other activity which require attention.

Q) Does GABAPENTIN cause weight gain?
A) Yes, GABAPENTIN known to cause weight gain. You are advised to follow proper diet and exercise while taking GABAPENTIN. Inform your doctor if you experience extreme weight gain while taking GABAPENTIN. There may be a possibility of other underlying medical conditions as well.

Q) Can I take GABAPENTIN with opioids containing medication?
A) No, you are advised not to take GABAPENTIN with opioid containing medication like morphine. It is reported that opioids may increase the effect of GABAPENTIN when taken both at same time. In addition, this combination may cause symptoms like sleepiness and/or decrease in breathing.

Q) Does GABAPENTIN alter blood or urine test results?
A) Yes, GABAPENTIN may interfere with urine or blood tests results. You are advised to inform to the doctor before undergoing these tests.

Q) Can I take GABAPENTIN with antacids?
A) You are advised to maintain atleast two hours gap between the antacids containing aluminium and magnesium and GABAPENTIN. This is because taking GABAPENTIN with antacids at the same time may reduce the absorption of GABAPENTIN from the stomach.

Q) What if I forget to take GABAPENTIN?
A) If you forget to take GABAPENTIN, skip that dose and take the regular dose the next time. Do not take the forgotten dose with the prescribed dose. It may increase the effect of GABAPENTIN and cause unwanted side effects.

Q) Is it safe to give GABAPENTIN to children?
A) Yes, GABAPENTIN is safe to use for treating epilepsy in the children above 6 years. It is not used for children below 6 years.

Q) When can I stop taking GABAPENTIN?
A) Always check with your doctor before you stop taking GABAPENTIN. If you stop suddenly, your seizures may return.

Q) Is GABAPENTIN safe for elderly?
A) Yes, GABAPENTIN is safe for elderly when taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Incase, you have problems with your kidneys your doctor may prescribe a different dosing schedule and/or dose. Continue taking GABAPENTIN until your doctor tells you to stop.

Q) How to store GABAPENTIN?
A) Store below 25°C and keep it away from heat and sunlight. Do not freeze it. Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

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