Side effects of Neurontin

Neurologists note that side effects Neurontin occur extremely rare. They appear in 1-2 percent of patients from the total. The likelihood of adverse effects does not depend on the fact that the patient is taking Neurontin alone or together with other drugs. The main causes of Gabapentin side effects are individual intolerance and overdose.

Neurologists can observe the following symptoms in the treatment of partial seizures:

  • backache
  • general malaise
  • obesity
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • cough
  • acne

The following negative manifestations Neurontin may occur during treatment of neuropathic pains:

  • backache
  • obesity
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • shortness of breath
  • skin rash

Doctors noted the following effects in children aged 3 to 12 years:

  • general malaise
  • respiratory infections
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

The above negative manifestations do not pose a danger to the patient's life. Moreover, they occur in a mild or moderate degree, without subsequent complications. Side effects Neurontin are the same for both the elderly and young people.

After using Gabapentin or reducing its dosage, the normal state of the body is fully restored. In any case, with the first symptoms of malaise, you need to stop taking the drug and consult with your doctor.

Interactions with other drugs

Neurontin does not affect the functioning of other medicines. Therefore, you can take several prescribed drugs without fear of negative manifestations.

The only thing worth paying attention to is the combined use of Gabapentin with opioid analgesics (e.g. morphine). Doctors noted the effect on the central nervous system, causing drowsiness and respiratory depression.


The main contraindication is individual intolerance to the substances that make up the drug. It can be expressed in hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to a particular component.

Neurologists use Gabapentin to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain in adults and children older than 3 years. They do not recommend the drug for children under 3 years. In extreme cases, small doses of Neurontin may be prescribed as secondary medicine.

Pregnant or breast-feeding women should be treated with extreme caution. Today there are no clinical trials that would study the effect of Gabapentin on the fetus or child. The attending physician must consider all possible negative factors. He will prescribe a drug to a woman only in situations where the benefit to the mother will be higher than the possible risks for the child.

Another risk group is people who suffer from kidney failure. During the appointment with the doctor, they are obliged to inform him of their problems. The doctor will prescribe a lower dosage to prevent Gabapentin side effects. In this case, it is necessary to conduct additional consultations during therapy.

Neurologists do not recommend taking Gabapentin while driving. The active substance suppresses the functioning of the nervous system. This may adversely affect the reaction speed of the driver.

If you do not fit into any of the described groups, you can safely take Neurontin and not be afraid for your health.