A 45-year-old female asked:
will the sleepiness i feel from taking neurontin (gabapentin) subside with time?
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Psychiatry 44 years experience
Usually does subside: Neurontin (gabapentin) or Gabapentin frequently causes initial drowsiness that usually does subside over time (few weeks). I usually have people begin with 100 mg 3 x's daily and 200 mg at bedtime, followed in two weeks by doubling the dose. In another couple of weeks i can usually go up to 300 mg 3 x's daily and 600 mg at bedtime. This kind of gradual increase in dose often decreases side effects.
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A Verified Doctoranswered
It should: It can take up to a week or two in some patients. The blood levels can also vary considerably because of the chemistry and absorption of the drug. If this becomes problematic, your doctor can adjust the dose or consider prescribing horizant, which is Gabapentin enacarbil. This is Gabapentin that is absorbed differently because of the enacarbil compound it is attached to. Blood levels are stable.
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Last updated Jun 14, 2017
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