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Neurontin

What is Neurontin

Neurontin affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain. The exact way that it works is unknown.

Neurontin is used with other drugs in the treatment of some types of seizures and for the management of postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain caused by the herpes virus or shingles).

Neurontin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Neurontin

If you are taking Neurontin for seizures, do not stop taking Neurontin even if you feel better. It is important to continue taking the medication to prevent seizures from recurring.

Carry or wear a medical identification tag to let others know that you are taking this medicine in the case of an emergency.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Neurontin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

What you should find out before taking Neurontin

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, especially kidney, liver, or heart disease. Also discuss any medicines that you take, including over-the-counter preparations.

Neurontin is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Neurontin will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Neurontin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Neurontin passes into breast milk. Do not take Neurontin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Neurontin

Take Neurontin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose of Neurontin with a full glass of water.

Neurontin can be taken with or without food.

To ensure you get the correct dose, measure the Neurontin oral solution with a dose-measuring cup or spoon, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Carry or wear a medical identification tag to let others know that you are taking this medicine in the case of an emergency.

Do not stop taking Neurontin without talking to your doctor. Suddenly stopping Neurontin may cause side effects.

If you are taking Neurontin for seizures, do not stop taking Neurontin even if you feel better. It is important to continue taking the medication to prevent seizures from recurring.

Store Neurontin tablets and capsules at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Store the Neurontin oral solution in the refrigerator.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if several hours have passed and it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of the medication to catch up.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical treatment.

Symptoms of a Neurontin overdose include double vision, drowsiness, slurred speech, diarrhea, poor coordination, and difficulty breathing.

Avoid while taking Neurontin

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Neurontin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Avoid alcohol during treatment with Neurontin. Alcohol may increase the risk of having side effects while taking Neurontin.

Possible side effects of Neurontin

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Neurontin and seek medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Neurontin and talk to your doctor if you experience
- dizziness, poor coordination, or drowsiness;
- blurred or double vision;
- irregular back-and- forth movements of the eyes;
- nausea and vomiting; or
- tremor.

If children 3 to 12 years of age experience any of the following serious side effects, contact your doctor immediately
- emotional liability (anxiety, behavior problems, crying, false sense of well-being, mental depression, reacting too quickly, too emotionally, or overreacting, rapidly changing moods);
- hostility (aggressive behavior, suspiciousness, or distrust);
- restlessness, hyperactivity or increase in body movements;
- amnesia (loss of memory); or
- thought disorders (concentration problems and change in school performance).

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Neurontin

Neurontin does not interact with other commonly used antiseizure medications.

Antacids will decrease the amount of Neurontin that is absorbed in the stomach. Do not take Neurontin for at least 2 hours after a dose of antacid.

Neurontin may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Neurontin or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

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