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Chemical Name: GABAPENTIN (GA-ba-pen-tin)
Neurontin is a CAPSULE. It CANNOT be split.
NEURONTIN is an anticonvulsant that is used for preventing seizures and for treating postherpetic neuralgia. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain. This medicine cannot cure epilepsy and will only work to control seizures for as long as you continue to take it. NEURONTIN is also used with other medications to treat partial seizures in children who are 3 to 12 years old.
To ensure patients can safely take NEURONTIN, they should speak to their doctors if they have any of the following conditions:
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- heart disease
- (for patients with RLS) if you are a day sleeper or work a night shift
Do not stop taking NEURONTIN for seizures without consulting your doctor because this can potentially increase seizures if you stop using suddenly. Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking this medication.
Patients should not use NEURONTIN if they are allergic to gabapentin.
Common side effects may include blurred or double vision, cold or flu like symptoms, delusions, dementia, drowsiness, hoarseness, lack or loss of strength, lower back or side pain, swelling of hands, feel or lower legs and trembling or shaking.
Serious side effects may include increased seizures, fever, swollen glands, body aches, flu symptoms, skin rash, easy bruising or bleeding, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), chest pain, irregular heart rhythm, feeling short of breath, confusion, nausea and vomiting, swelling, rapid weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all, new or worsening cough, fever, trouble breathing or rapid back and forth movement of your eyes.
Some side effects are more likely in children taking NEURONTIN. Contact your doctor if the child has any of the following side effects: changes in behavior, memory problems, trouble concentrating, acting restless, hostile, or aggressive.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.
Product Code: 1678
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.