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what is gabapentin 800?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Nerve pain med: Gabapentin (aka neurontin) is a medication used for neuropathic pain (such as diabetic neuropathy). The 800 is the dose in milligrams.
Answered on Feb 2, 2020
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
18 years experience General Practice
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 16, 2012
Dr. Brett Lockman
18 years experience Pain Management
Gabapentin: Gabapentin is a neuromodulating drug that works by blocking an excitatory neurotransmitter in your body called glutamate. By decreasing the amount of general excitation of pathologic nerves (from diabetes, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc), Gabapentin helps to reduce the pain from those conditions. 800 refers to the dose, though is too high to start on. Side effects include sleepiness.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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Dr. Julian Bragg
17 years experience Neurology
Seizure/pain med: Gabapentin is a medication initially developed for seizures, but which is now more commonly used for nerve pain. Its use is often limited by sedation, but patients who are able to tolerate that often find it to be safe and effective.
Answered on Feb 2, 2020
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