such as Nuerontin
Why is this popular
seizure medication prescribed?
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).
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.
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
If you miss a dose
should not allow more than 12 hours to pass between dosages of
Neurontin. Also, you should never double up on your dose of this
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?
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.
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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