Gabapentin is mainly used in the treatment of neuralgia caused by herpes in adulthood, in the therapy of convulsions in adults and children who are already 3 years old and in the therapy of restless legs syndrome.
What is Gabapentin?
Gabapentin works on the chemical molecules and nerves included in the generation of seizures and certain forms of pain.
How is Gabapentin taken?
Gabapentin is taken orally. It is available as a solution, capsule and tablet. Certain formulations require taking after eating.
Side effects of Gabapentin
Among the possible side effects of Gabapentin we also find:
- dry mouth
- clouded view
- swollen hands or feet
It is essential to notify the doctor immediately in the presence of:
- breathing problems
- feeling of tightness or chest pain
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- changes in mood or behavior
- anxiety or depression
- agitation, hostility, restlessness, hyperactivity
- suicidal instincts
- increased seizures
- fever, swollen glands, pain, flu-like symptoms
- bruising or bleeding
- tingling, numbness, pain or muscle weakness
- upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice
- chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath
- confusion, nausea and vomiting, swelling, rapid weight gain, decreased or absent urination
- new or worsening cough, fever, or breathing problems
- fast eye movements back and forth
- severe skin reactions
In the case of children it is better to warn the doctor in the presence of:
- behavioral changes
- memory disturbances
- concentration problems
- aggressive, hostile or restless behavior
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Gabapentin
Before taking Gabapentin it is essential to tell your doctor:
- possible allergies to the active substance, to its excipients, to any other medicine, to foods or other substances;
- medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, specifically medicines that cause drowsiness or that can slow the breath, Hydrocodone, Morphine and Naproxen;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from kidney, liver or heart disease;
- if you work on night shifts;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
In the presence of treatment with antacids it is necessary to let at least 2 hours pass between their intake and that of Gabapentin.It is also best to remember that alcohol can make some of the side effects of the medicine worse.Gabapentin may impair your ability to drive or perform dangerous or attention-requiring activities.