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Seizure Medications such as Nuerontin

Why is this popular seizure medication prescribed? 

Front Image - GABAPENTINThis extremely popular seizure medication goes by the brand name of Neurontin and the generic name of Gabapentin. As a seizure medication, Neurontin is frequently used with other medications to treat partial seizures in which the symptoms are somewhat limited.  Its use can be continued regardless of whether seizures eventually cause loss of consciousness or remain of a more limited nature.  Nuerontin may also be used to relieve the burning nerve pain that sometimes persists for a long period of time after an attack of shingles (herpes zoster).
 

Some important things to remember about this seizure medication:

You should always take Neurontin exactly as directed by your physician.  To most effectively be used as a seizure medication, it is important to take Neurontin three times a day, approximately every eight hours.  You should usually not go any longer than 12 hours without Neurontin. 

Neurontin: How should you take this seizure medication? 

Never increase or decrease your Neurontin dosage without your doctor's approval, nor should you suddenly stop taking it as it may increase your level of seizures.  If you begin taking antacids such as Maalox, you should not take your next dosage of Neurontin for at least two hours after taking this antacid.  You may take this seizure medication with or without food. 

If you miss a dose of Neurontin... 

You should not allow more than 12 hours to pass between dosages of Neurontin. Also, you should never double up on your dose of this seizure medication. 

Storage instructions... 

You should always store tablets or capsules of Neurontin at room temperature.  You should keep the oral solution refrigerated at all times. 

When should this seizure medication not be taken? 

Neurontin should never be taken if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this seizure medication, and special precaution should be taken if you're pregnant or anticipate becoming pregnant the near future. 

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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