What Is Gabapentin?
Gabapentin (Neurontin) is epileptic drug which is usually dispensed based on a physician’s prescription. Doctor can use gabapentin to treat partial seizures in children within the age bracket of 3-12 and manage epilepsy in elderly patients. Gabapentin may also be prescribed in certain medical conditions such as diabetes to relieve the associated tingling sensation and numbness and to prevent hot flashes that come up with postherpetic neuralgia (Shingles).
Gabapentin was approved in 1993 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the proprietary name Neurontin for the drug manufacturer Pfizer. A study carried out in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia in 2013 revealed that Gabapentin may possess some anxiolytic effect in patients who about to undergo surgery. Generally, Gabapentin has been used in treating pain that may accompany surgery as well as a number of psychological disorders such as chronic anxiety disorders.
Gabapentin is usually presented is usually presented in a capsule form, as a liquid dosage form and as a regular or extended-released tablet. The usual dose for postherpetic neuralgia starts as 300milligrams (mg) and the doctor may adjust the dose up to 1,800 mg a day depending on the severity of the medical condition,
For the treatment of epilepsy in adult, Gabapentin may range from 900 – 1,800 mg a day. Many at times, doctors try as much as possible to individualize therapy by starting at a low dose of gabapentin and the increase gradually to appropriate therapeutic level that brings about efficacy while lowering the side effects of gabapentin.
For the regular-release tablets, liquid dosage form and gabapentin capsules, you will usually take three equal doses three times a day. The tablets can be taken with or without food, You must not go longer than 12 hours between doses except otherwise prescribed by your doctor,
Gabapentin ‘High’ and Abuse
It has been reported that gabapentin has become a substance of abuse that gives users the euphoric feeling.”high”. The abuse of gabapentin can result in highly deleterious side effects and also, the withdrawal symptoms in these users maybe very grave.
Gabapentin Side Effect
The common side effects of gabapentin include:
Swelling of hands and feet
Serious side effects may also follow the use of Gabapentin. If you have any of these side effects, see a doctor right away.
Fever or swelling of lymph nodes
Swelling of the face, lips, and or tongue
Difficulty in breathing
Gabapentin may make you feel drowsy and could affect your judgment. Until you know how gabapentin will affect you, do not drive or operate machinery.