Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Gabapentin (brand names: Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin, Gabarone) is a drug prescribed for people who suffer from epilepsy. It’s also used to relieve symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a condition marked by aches and pains that persist after a shingles breakout, and restless legs syndrome (RLS). The drug is classified as an anticonvulsant and it treats seizures by decreasing abnormal brain activity that contributes to excitement. In PHN, it relieves pain by changing how the body senses pain.
Gabapentin comes in capsules, tablets, and oral solutions.
Gabapentin may trigger (or intensify) thoughts of suicide during treatment. A patient experiencing these symptoms (including changes in mood) should seek the advice of a healthcare professional. In children, the use of gabapentin can result in a change in behavior.
People who suffer from the following conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before starting gabapentin.
Individuals with RLS who are day sleepers or work a night shift should also seek medical advice before taking gabapentin. Similar measures apply to pregnant and breastfeeding women who are prone to having seizures, as the medication may affect the development of the child.
Gabapentin may cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Get immediate medical help if a person experiences difficulty breathing; has hives; or becomes swollen at the face, tongue, or throat. In addition, patients who experience serious drug reactions (i.e., skin rash, unusual bruising, or jaundice), increased seizures, and worsening symptoms are advised to consult with their healthcare professional.
Severe side effects of gabapentin include:
Children taking gabapentin may experience problems with memory and concentration, as well as acting restless, hostile, or aggressive.
The side effects of gabapentin affect a person’s cardiovascular, dermatologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematologic, hepatic, metabolic, musculoskeletal, nervous, ocular, respiratory, and renal systems. In addition, this can also increase the risk of cancers such as breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as trigger hypersensitivity syndrome.
Certain food items that may lead to adverse effects when taken with Neurotonin, a brand name for gabapentin.
Natural treatments are available for people looking for alternatives to gabapentin in treating seizures or pain from shingles.
For people with PHN, the following treatments can help relieve the pain associated with shingles:
To reduce epileptic seizures naturally, the following treatments are suggested:
Gabapentin is prescribed for people who suffer from epilepsy, postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), and restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant.
Gabapentin may trigger thoughts of suicide during treatment and can result in a change in behavior.
Gabapentin can harm a person’s cardiovascular, dermatologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematologic, hepatic, metabolic, musculoskeletal, nervous, ocular, respiratory, and renal systems.
Gabapentin can also increase the risk of breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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