Generic Name: Gabapentin
Neurontin (New-RON-tin) is approved in the U.S. as add-on therapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization (spread to become a grand mal seizure). It is available in capsules and tablets. This drug is not metabolized through the liver. The body gets rid of the unchanged drug through the kidneys. It does not interact with other antiepileptic drugs or other drugs (such as oral contraceptives) which are metabolized (processed) through the liver. Sedation, fatigue, dizziness and unsteadiness are the most common side effects. About 5 in a 100 patients experience weight gain. Flatulence (gas), diarrhea and myoclonic jerks may occur at high doses. No allergic reactions have been reported except for a few instances of rash. People with hard to control seizures may need doses of up to 4800 mg. daily to achieve control. Safety in pregnancy has not been established. Women who are taking this medication and who wish to become pregnant should discuss treatment options with their physicians before the pregnancy begins.
Not everyone experiences side effects. There may be other side effects not appearing above. For a complete list, consult your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. More detailed sources of information on side effects include the drug’s prescribing information sheet, the Physician’s Desk Reference, or pharmaceutical company which produces the drug.
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