November 29, 2022

#gabapentin #neurontin

Hi it’s cynthia the pharmacist here today we are talking about gabapentin what is gabapentin gabapentine belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants it is a medication used to control repeated seizures in epilepsy and also to treat neuropathic pain due to nerve damage it is a doctor’s prescription only medication how does it work gabapentine is thought

To work by controlling brain chemicals that sends signals to the nerves to help control seizures or neuropathic pain before you start to take gabapentin tell your doctor if you have any allergies if you have any kidney problems mixed seizure disorders which include absence seizures or any other medical condition if you are taking any other medication which includes

Supplements you buy without a script using gabapentin with other medicines that cause drowsiness like sleeping tablets other pain relievers like benzodiazepines and opioids antihistamines antidepressants antipsychotics cannabis or alcohol may result in severe drowsiness decreased awareness breeding problems coma or even death so it is important to let your doctor

Know all the medications that you are on let your doctor know if you have history of drug abuse gabapentin poses risk of abuse and dependence let your doctor know if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant or breastfeeding how to take it the dosage of gabapentin is dependent on your age and if you are taking any other medication your doctor will usually start

You with low dose and slowly increase it to the lowest dose to control your condition swallow the capsule hole with a full glass of water it does not matter if you take this medicine before or after food take it at the same time every day use an alarm to remind you if needed if you are taking gabapentin three times a day do not allow more than 12 hours between doses

Continue taking gabapentine for as long as the doctor asks you to gabapentin helps control your condition but does not cure it that’s why you need to take it every day even if you feel well once you are stable on gabapentin make sure you don’t stop the medication abruptly without checking with your doctor as your body would have gotten used to the medication and

You may experience worsening of the condition or withdrawal symptoms follow your doctor’s instructions strictly do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or holidays when it’s appropriate your doctor will slowly reduce your dose before you can stop taking it completely if you forget to take it if it’s almost time for your next dose which is within

Four hours skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to otherwise take it as soon as you remember and then go back to take care painting as you would normally do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed while you’re on gabapentin you must tell all health professionals who are treating or looking after you that you are

On gabapentin make sure you keep all your doctor’s appointment as your doctor will need to monitor your progress and may want to take some tests from time to time to prevent unwanted side effects gabapentin can cause drowsiness do not drive or operate machineries until you know how it affects you side effects all medicines can have side effects sometimes they

Are serious most of the time they are not do not be alarmed by it because you may not even experience any of them you may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects for gabapentin it can be difficult to tell whether the side effects are the results of taking this medicine or side effects from other medicines you may be taking or it is actually

From your own condition so it is important to tell your doctor any changes in your condition if you are over 65 years old you may have an increased chance of getting side effects side effects to information can be obtained from the leaflet that your pharmacist gives you here i would like to draw attention to a few side effects which if you experience it you need

To contact your doctor as soon as possible weakness unsteadiness when walking including falling reduce coordination or slow reactions unusual changes in mood or behavior such as restlessness nervousness or excitement signs of depression seeing or hearing things that are not their irrational thinking blurred or double vision uncontrollable jerky eye movements or

Difficulty seeing signs of frequent infections such as fever severe chills sore throat or mouth ulcers trouble breathing or shallow breath loss of consciousness send yourself to the hospital if you have an anaphylactic reaction more frequent or more severe seizures or fits chest pain or a very fast heart rate side effects information are there for your reference

So you know what to do when you do experience it it’s not there to scare you or to stop you from getting appropriate treatment if you have not already subscribed to my channel please to do so i will make more valuable content for all of you let me know what other videos you would like me to make it’s sunky the pharmacist here see you around

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Gabapentin | Neurontin | How to take | What to be aware | Side Effects By Soonkie the pharmacist