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Neurontin Side Effects to be Concerned About 

What are some of the Neurontin side effects which may occur? 

Front Image - GABAPENTINWhile Neurontin side effects cannot really be anticipated, if they occur you should contact your physician immediately.  Only your doctor can decide if the Neurontin side effects would preclude your continuing with this seizure medication. 

When taken for epilepsy, some of the more common Neurontin side effects may include the following: 

Blurred, dimmed or double vision, bronchitis (in children), dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, fever (in children), involuntary eye movement, itchy, runny nose, lack of muscular coordination, nausea, tremor, viral infection (in children), vomiting, weight increase (in children) 

When taken for nerve pain some of the more common Neurontin side effects may include: 

Accidental injury, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, infection, lack of muscular coordination, nausea, swelling in arms and legs, vomiting, weakness 

There are also a variety of less common Neurontin side effects which may occur.  If you develop any new or unusual symptoms while taking this seizure medication, be sure to let your doctor know immediately.  You should never take Neurontin if you've ever had an allergic reaction to it. 

Special warnings in addition to the Neurontin side effects: 

Neurontin has been known to cause people to become drowsy and less alert.  When combined with morphine this reaction even becomes more probable.  You should not drive or operate dangerous machinery or participate in any hazardous activities while taking Neurontin until you are sure of the effect on your physical and psychological functioning. 

This seizure medication has been known to cause behavioral problems such as unstable emotions, hostility, depression, hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating among children.  Usually these symptoms are relatively mild however. 

Be sure to tell your doctor if you have had any history of kidney problems or are currently on hemodialysis, as your physician may have to adjust the dosage of this seizure medication.  You should always tell your doctor of all medications you are currently taking including all over-the-counter drugs. 

Potential food and drug interactions while on Neurontin: 

The effects of some drugs may be increased, decreased or altered by the biochemical effects of Neurontin.  It is especially important to check with your physician if you are on any of the following medications: 

  • Antacids such as Maalox

  • Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin)

  • Naproxen (Naprosyn)

  • Morphine (Kadian, MS Contin)

Special information if you're breast-feeding or pregnant: 

The effects of Neurontin have not been adequately studied on pregnant women, although birth effects have occurred in babies of women who have taken seizure medications while they were pregnant.  Neurontin should be taken during pregnancy or if you're planning on getting pregnant only if absolutely necessary.  This seizure medication may appear in breast milk and could possibly affect a nursing infant.  It obviously should be used only if the benefits outweigh the potential risks during pregnancy or breast feeding.

Front Image - GABAPENTIN neurontinSome information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs

 

Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)     

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