Gabapentin Side Effects
Today we’re talking about medication gabapentin. If you’re currently taking it wherever recently prescribed by your doctor. You need to be reading this article. We’re going to go over how to take it. What are the most common Gabapentin side effects as well as what are the most concerning things? That you need to be aware of if you’re going to be on it?
Today we’re gonna be talking about Gabapentin or sometimes known as Neurontin. This is a medication that’s been around since the early 1990s and widely used as a generic medication since 2004. It was originally developed as a medication to treat seizures. But over time has been used for a lot of different conditions. There are only two actual approved uses of his medication in the United States.
And that’s a treat seizure as well as creating something called postherpetic neuralgia. This is when you get chronic pain after having an outbreak of shingles. But this is a medication that is used for a lot of different conditions that are considered off-label or non-FDA-approved conditions. Most commonly we use this for different nerve involve pains. These are things like diabetic neuropathy.
This is when you get a burning pain that diabetics can get from uncontrolled diabetes. Dr. Richardson says We also use it in different kinds of back pain or other pain it likely involves in nerves, but it’s also used in Latin fibromyalgia, alcohol dependence, hiccups, chronic itching, restless leg syndrome, anxiety disorders, depression, and even treat symptoms of menopause. So as you can see, there are a lot of reasons that your doctor may have recommended this medication.
It can help with a lot of these conditions, but just like any medication is going to help some and others not. The good news is that most patients, tend to tolerate the medication pretty well without any significant Gabapentin side effects.
How to take Gabapentin
But remember, I said most, there certainly are patients who can have issues with this medication. And we’ll go over that in a minute. Gabapentin comes in a tablet, capsule, or liquid form, capsules come in 100 304 100 milligrams, and tablets come in 608 100 milligrams, and then the liquid comes into 250 milligrams per five milliliters. That’s usually given anywhere from one to three times a day with a maximum recommended dose of 3600 milligrams a day. This is the kind of medication that usually has to build up in your system.
So you usually won’t notice any effect right away. Usually, we have a patient start out at once a day and increase it slowly to avoid the Gabapentin side effects. Now we take the same approach as well when we need to stop it. This isn’t a medication that you want to stop all of a sudden after being on it for a while, we have you slowly taper down off of it to avoid any of this kind of withdrawal symptoms.
Gabapentin Side Effects
Now, this is certainly something you definitely want to be working with your doctor on and following their directions. Now the main thing that most of you’re going to be worried about with this medication is what are the Gabapentin side effects. Most people do well with it, but I certainly have patients who have had their problems with it as well. Probably the most common Gabapentin side effectS that I have patients complain of when taking this medication is a foggy tight feeling in the head. You can feel somewhat tired and drugged and just not yourself.
Usually, I recommend to my patients that they started at night. In most people, those symptoms tend to go away over a few days but not everybody. Now other common and less serious Gabapentin side effects can be some fatigue. Some swelling in the ankles, a tremor, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, maybe some mood changes. Now just like the foggy feeling, these tend to go away over time. But starting at a lower dose and slowly increasing it, we can usually avoid most of these problems. Now there are some concerning things though, that you need to watch out for. These certainly are not common, but they are possible.
Common Side Effect of Gabapentin
Nevertheless, common other concerning Gabapentin side effects are certain allergic reactions and skin eruptions that can happen. You can also get a condition called rhabdomyolysis. Where the muscles break down causing damage to the kidneys. It can also make it harder to breathe in some people. So those who have issues with their breathing need to be extra careful if they’re going to be on it. Now we also recommend that you be careful if you’re taking it with other prescription pain medications because they also have the ability to decrease your drive to breathe. When you combine them together.
It can be dangerous and for some people, one of the more common of the more serious conditions is the effect that can have a soul with those underlying depression. We can see worsening depression and even suicidal thoughts and some people so it’s very important that while taking a talk to loved ones and your doctor if you start to feel anything like that.
You also need to be careful when coming off the medication. As I mentioned before when coming off of it. It is important that you taper down slowly under the direction and help of your doctor. Stopping it abruptly has been showing in some people to cause withdrawal symptoms as well as even withdrawal seizures. One of the more concerning things, though. What we’ve seen with this medication over the past few years is that more and more people have been abusing it. have become addicted to it.
In several states in the United States, it has become a controlled substance. We most often see it in those who are already abusing prescription pain medications. This is especially hard as gabapentin is something that many physicians try to use as an attempt to get people off pain medications. And a couple of studies showed that approximately 1% of the general population in the United States.
And 22% of those in addiction treatment facilities had a history of abusing gabapentin. It is something to be careful with and work closely with your doctor and talk to them about any concerns you may have about addiction. If you already have a history of addiction, that may not be the best option for you. gabapentin can be a very helpful medication in many different situations.
But unfortunately, the risk of addiction abuse is on the radar of many who are prescribing it. Over the past few years with all the problems that we have had with opioid addiction and abuse. As a profession, we’ve turned more and more to give a pen to treat pain and other conditions. The unintended consequence has been to replace a very addictive substance with another that although not as addictive, still as a medication that can have the same problem.
Now the biggest problem with discussing these serious Gabapentin side effects is getting away from taking it. That isn’t my intention either. This can be a powerful tool in treating some very difficult and life-altering conditions. The majority of people do great on this medication that helps improve their quality of life in a dramatic way. Now we’re all different. So that’s why it’s important to be aware of the issues that can arise so that you can make an educated decision with your doctor.
Now, this isn’t an all-encompassing discussion of medication either if there are certainly other things that your own doctor may want to discuss with you. But hopefully, now you can feel a little more informed about how this may affect you. Well, I hope you can enjoy this article. If you did, please take the time to give this video a like and share with your friends helps our channel to grow and reach it other people that may need this in their life. And if you haven’t done so yet, don’t leave without subscribing hitting that notification button so you don’t miss out on any of our future content. Well until next time, this is family medic, Dr. Richardson, and remember, take care of your body because it’s the only one you have.
Hi, I’m Saddam Hossain and a Market Researcher. Today I will discuss the Gabapentin Usages, Gabapentin Side Effects, and How to take them. This information collected from Dr. Richardson and ICMR Guideline, FDA, and many other references. Dr. Richardson is a Board-certified family practice physician.