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Gabapentin is used with other medications to prevent in control seizures it is also used to relieve nerve pain following shingles a painful rash due to herpes zoster infection in adults gabapentin is known as an anticonvulsant or anti epileptic drug how to use gabapentin read the medication guide and if available the patient information leaflet provided by your

Pharmacist before you start taking gabapentin and each time you get a refill if you have any questions ask your doctor or pharmacist take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment for children the dosage is also based on weight if you are taking the tablets and your

Doctor directs you to split the tablet in half take the other half tablet at your next scheduled dose discard half tablets if not used within several days of splitting them if you are taking the capsules swallow them whole with plenty of water it is very important to follow your doctor’s dosing instructions exactly during the first few days of treatment your doctor

May gradually increase your dose so your body can adjust to the medication to minimize side effects take the very first dose at bedtime take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it this drug works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level therefore take gabapentin that evenly spaced intervals at the same times

Each day if you are taking this medication three times a day to control seizures do not let more than 12 hours pass between doses because your seizures may increase do not take this medication more often or increase your dose without consulting your doctor your condition will not improve any faster and the risk of serious side effects may increase do not stop

Taking this medication without consulting your doctor some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped your dose may need to be gradually decreased antacids containing aluminum or magnesium may interfere with the absorption of this medication therefore if you are also taking an antacid it is best to take gabapentin at least 2 hours after taking

The antacid different forms of gabapentin such as immediate release sustained release and a carbyl sustained release are absorbed in the body differently do not switch from one form to the other without consulting your doctor side-effects drowsiness dizziness loss of coordination tiredness blurred double vision unusual eye movements or shaking tremor may occur if

Any of these effects persist or worsen tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects many people using this medication do not have serious side effects tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side

Effects occur swelling of the hands ankles feet a small number of people who take anticonvulsants for any condition such as seizures bipolar disorder pain may experience depression suicidal thoughts attempts or other mental mood problems tell your doctor right away if you or your family caregiver notice any unusual sudden changes in your mood thoughts or behavior

Including signs of depression suicidal thoughts attempts thoughts about harming yourself get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects including slow shallow breathing a very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare however get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including fever swollen

Lymph nodes rash itching swelling especially of the face tongue throat severe dizziness trouble breathing

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