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Brentwood, TN
A 30-year-old female asked:

What is gabapentin?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Neurontin (gabapentin): Is an anticonvulsant that is also used for neuropathic pain.
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Seizures and pain: This medication has been used for decades as a treatment for seizures, and for neuropathic (nerve) pain. It can be extremely effective for both but must be ramped up in dose and frequency to prevent the most common side-effects like sleepiness, mental fatigue, weight-gain, dizziness, and extremity swelling.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Many uses: Gabapentin aka Neurontin (gabapentin) is considered an anti epileptic , but is rarely used for epilepsy except as an adjunct to other medications. It is more commonly used for neuropathic pain or as a muscle relaxant. It's exact mechanism of action is unknown except that it blocks voltage-dependent calcium channels and modulates excitatory neurotransmitter release

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Columbus, OH
A 22-year-old female asked:

Is gabapentin addicting?

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Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Good Question: Most substances to be addictive must be shown to be associated with a Dopamine release in the brain's reward centers. I'm not aware of evidence for that with Gabapentin but nonetheless it is for some a potent anti-anxiety agent, so it doesn't surprise me that addictive like patterns can emerge. If that's the case it is time to look for other ways to safely and effectively address the anxiety.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is gabapentin 800?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Nerve pain med: Gabapentin (aka neurontin) is a medication used for neuropathic pain (such as diabetic neuropathy). The 800 is the dose in milligrams.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 16, 2012
Sevierville, TN
A 50-year-old female asked:

Do you prescribe Gabapentin?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No. (wrong forum): No medical care on this public free forum. Neurontin (gabapentin) is a drug used to treat nerve pain, and is helpful in relieving symptoms. Among its side effects are dizziness and drowsiness (meaning one should be careful if considering driving or operating machinery). A few people may have changes in their moods or thoughts. One's own doctor can help decide if Gabapentin should be used.

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