How does Neurontin® Work?
Researchers don’t know why Neurontin® works in the way that it does when it comes to nerve pain or with partial seizures caused by epilepsy. It is known that it has an effect on the calcium channels in the brain, and this may be why Neurontin® works for these conditions.
Is Neurontin® Right for You?
If there is a chance that one may be allergic to Neurontin®, one should not take this medication. If one is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, a doctor will only prescribe this medication if it is severely needed. Some women taking antiepileptic drugs have had children with birth defects. Researchers have found that Neurontin® may pass into breast milk, which could affect a nursing child. Speak with a doctor regarding any concerns regarding Neurontin® and pregnancy/nursing.
Neurontin® Drug Interactions
Taking Neurontin® with other medications could cause the effects of Neurontin® or the other medication to be different. Check with a doctor before taking any new drugs, prescription or over the counter, especially if starting to take antacids, hydrocodone, naproxen, or morphine.
Neurontin® Side Effects
Common side effects of Neurontin® include:
- vision changes
- weight gain
- dry mouth
If you experience tremors/shaking, swollen arms/legs, or loss of coordination, contact a doctor as these side effects may be serious.
Rare serious side effects may also occur, and one should contact a doctor as soon as possible. These side effects include:
- mood/mental changes, which includes depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental issues
- severe stomach/abdominal pain
- slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- persistent sore throat, fever, or cough
- pain or redness of the arms/legs
- trouble breathing
- hearing loss
Also watch for symptoms of an allergic reaction when first starting Neurontin®. Symptoms include shortness of breath, rash, itching, severe swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing. If these symptoms occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
All side effects may have not been reported. If a symptom develops contact a doctor or pharmacist for assistance. Side effects may be reported to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Do not stop taking this medication without speaking to a doctor or medical professional. One should not stop taking this medication suddenly, as it may cause seizures and other side effects. Wean off the medication slowly, exactly as advised by a doctor or medical professional.