Neurontin (generic name: gabapentin; brand names include: Gabapin / Gabin) belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants.
Neurontin has two uses. First, it may be prescribed with other medications to treat partial seizures (the type in which symptoms are limited) in adults and children age 3 years and above. It can be used whether or not the seizures eventually become general and result in loss of consciousness.
Second, it is indicated for the treatment of neuropathic pain, the burning nerve pain that sometimes persists for months or even years.
Neurontin works by controlling brain chemicals which send signals to nerves to help control seizures or neuropathic pain.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Neurontin is not addictive.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Neurontin exactly as directed.
Your doctor will tell you how many capsules/tablets you will need to take each day. This may depend on your age, your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.
Swallow Neurontin whole with a full glass of water. It does not matter if you take Neurontin before or after food.
Taking Neurontin at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
If you are taking Neurontin three times a day, do not allow more than 12 hours between doses.
Do not take an antacid containing aluminum or magnesium within 2 hours before you take Neurontin.
Do not suddenly stop taking Neurontin. If you need to stop Neurontin or add a new medicine, your doctor will gradually lower your dose.
If you miss a dose of Neurontin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat and light.
Before taking Neurontin, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have kidney problems;
you have mixed seizure disorders that include absence seizures;
you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: gabapentin.
Neurontin does not contain sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.