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Lived w/brief, infrequent (1x/6mo) simple partials w/o aeds for 30 years. Began depakote, seizure-free 20 yrs, but osteoporosis. Neurontin (gabapentin) instead?

Lived w/brief, infrequent (1x/6mo) simple partials w/o aeds for 30 years. Began depakote, seizure-free 20 yrs, but osteoporosis. Neurontin (gabapentin) instead?

Seizures: Neurontin (gabapentin) appears to be a good option. However if it is to substitute Depakote it might not be strong enough to work alone. Other options include Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal (lamotrigine). Check with your neurologist to see if these are feasible options. ...Read more

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Divalproex (Definition)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, . Etc. It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, ...Read more


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20 yrs seizure-free, discontinued depakote. Experienced anxiety. Started neurontin (gabapentin). Now 300 mg tid. Anxiety gone, but st memory probs. & anomia. Temp?

20 yrs seizure-free, discontinued depakote. Experienced anxiety. Started neurontin (gabapentin). Now 300 mg tid. Anxiety gone, but st memory probs. & anomia. Temp?

Unlikely temporary: You are likely experiencing anti-cholinergic side effects from the medication, which is a bit uncommon with gabapentin, but unlikely to improve readily on its own. However, you may well be inordinately sensitive to such reactions, and might be well to check for underlying structural brain issue which results in this effect. ...Read more

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I've had memory problems with Valium and neurontin, which affect gaba, and lamictal and vimpat, (lacosamide) which don't, but not with depakote, which does. Why?

I've had memory problems with Valium and neurontin, which affect gaba, and lamictal and vimpat, (lacosamide) which don't, but not with depakote, which does. Why?

You're an individual: Any medication which treats seizures can potentially affect memory. But when it comes down to it, everyone is an individual, so you might get a side-effect noone else gets or you might avoid a side-effect that everyone else does get. ...Read more

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Divalproex sodium has affected my platlets and red blood cell indices (e.G., mcv). Does Neurontin (gabapentin) have similar effects?

Divalproex sodium has affected my platlets and red blood cell indices (e.G., mcv). Does Neurontin (gabapentin) have similar effects?

No: Neurontin (gabapentin) has a more favorable side effect provide as compared to valproic acid. Hematologic derangement is extremely rare with neurontin (gabapentin). Valproic acid may however be more effective in the treatment of your specific epileptic disorder. ...Read more

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On average, do people tend to gain more weight on gabapentin or divalproex sodium?

On average, do people tend to gain more weight on gabapentin or divalproex sodium?

No but see your PCP.: Both medications have been known to cause weight gain, one not more than the other. However, there are other factors that can also make you gain weight, the use of other medications, poor eating habits, lack of exercis. ...Read more

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Gabapentin 300mg, Xanax (alprazolam) 4mg, divalproex 100mg side effex?

Gabapentin 300mg, Xanax (alprazolam) 4mg, divalproex 100mg side effex?

Many: There are too many side effects to list. The most common will be sedation and/or cognitive slowing, off balance, weight gain. There can also be tremor but the main side effects are a result of sedation and cognitive side effects like memory loss. ...Read more

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So I'm looking to get on a mood stabilizer, I was on depokote in the past. My current doctor doesn't want me on it. He is suggesting Gabapentin and Inderal (propranolol). What do you guys think? Depokote has worked great for me in the past.

So I'm looking to get on a mood stabilizer, I was on depokote in the past. My current doctor doesn't want me on it. He is suggesting Gabapentin and Inderal (propranolol). What do you guys think? Depokote has worked great for me in the past.

Depokote OK but: Depokote can be Ok but there may be a medical reason why your physician does not want to use. There could be toxicity reasons or your evaluation medically may suggest reasons why the gabapentin and inderal (propranolol) may be a great idea. You need to discuss these with your physician ...Read more

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What is Neurontin (gabapentin) used for?

What is Neurontin (gabapentin) used for?

Gabapentin: Gabapentin is used to treat partial seizures, pain related to post herpetic neuralgia as well as neuropathic pain. While it does modulate the activity of the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gaba, it's mechanism of action is significantly different from that of a benzodiazepine or barbiturate. As a result does not result in physiologic dependence. ...Read more

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Does Neurontin (gabapentin) contain sulfa?

Does Neurontin (gabapentin) contain sulfa?

No: I prescribe Gabapentin frequently and have never been concerned with whether or not my patients are allergic to sulfa when I prescribe it. Most patients tolerate Gabapentin very well. I've never had a patient who developed an allergy to it, though some people might not like it for one reason or another. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Neurontin (gabapentin)?

Can pregnant women use Neurontin (gabapentin)?

Not recommended: Neurontin (gabapentin) is category C during pregnancy. This means the risk for its use cannot be ruled out. Women taking Neurontin (gabapentin) during pregnancy are advised to enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. Call toll free 1-888-233-2334 or online: http://www. Aedpregnancyregistry. Org/ ...Read more

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Can Ultram be taken with neurontin (gabapentin)?

Can Ultram be taken with neurontin (gabapentin)?

Yes: Ultram is an opioid. Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anti-seizure medication. You can take them together. However, they both can cause sedative effect. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) used for chronic pain?

Yes: It's an especially useful pain medication because unlike opiate pain medications, one does not develop physical dependence on gabapentin. This means it can be taken for long periods without developing tolerance and needing higher doses. It is safe with reversible side effects. And it is especially effective with neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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Is lyrica (pregabalin) stronger than Neurontin?

Lyrica (pregabalin) vs neurontin: Neurontin was the first ans lyrica (pregabalin) was more recent. Dosinnnot compare strengths. G is different as the amount available is different. One ca ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) good for anxiety or sleep?

Is Neurontin (gabapentin) good for anxiety or sleep?

Possibly, but: There is no formal fda indication for this medication for these symptoms.....There are other meds that are probably more effective an actually fda approved. ...Read more

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What do rashes from Neurontin (gabapentin) look like?

Anything: Although rashes from Neurontin (gabapentin) are uncommon, a person may experience skin discoloration, raised lesions, nodules, dryness or swelling. If you notice any unusual skin lesions please see your medical provider to determine the cause. Give a history of any change in soaps, detergents, diet, meds, allergies, exposure to flora, etc. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if Neurontin (gabapentin) is a narcotic?

No: It is not. It's one of the safest medications on the market and is often used to treat nerve pain, headaches, seizures and other conditions. Rarely, it can be associated with depression and occasionally it causes forgetfulness, weight gain or leg swelling, but the overwhelming majority of people who take it tolerate it fairly well and it does not interact with any other medication. ...Read more

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Can you take Neurontin (gabapentin) and adipex together?

Can you take Neurontin (gabapentin) and adipex together?

Yes: Adipex is a CNS stimulant. Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anti-seizure medication. There is no known drug interaction between adipex and neurontin (gabapentin). However, always consult your doctors before starting new medications. ...Read more

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Could Neurontin (gabapentin) be making my back pain worse?

Could Neurontin (gabapentin) be making my back pain worse?

Maybe: It's pretty infrequent, but Neurontin (gabapentin) has been known to cause joint pain or swelling, muscle pains and/or leg cramps. Again, this is not very common but has been known to happen. ...Read more

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Does Neurontin cause fluid retention? I'm on a low dosage.

Does Neurontin cause fluid retention? I'm on a low dosage.

Neurontin: Yes it causes fluid retention- most common with increasing doses but can be seen at any dose. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take adipex and Neurontin (gabapentin) together?

See below: As far as I can review I see no drug interaction. Always check with your md if you are adding medications. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to mix Neurontin (gabapentin) with methadone?

Is it dangerous to mix Neurontin (gabapentin) with methadone?

Sedation: The two in combination may increase somnolence/sedation and as such a decrease in the dose of Methadone may be required (which would generally be a good thing-yes?). ...Read more

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What can I do if my Neurontin (gabapentin) is causing diarrhea?

What can I do if my Neurontin (gabapentin) is causing diarrhea?

Neurontin or miralax (polyethylene glycol): You obviously have a somewhat complicated situation in your G.I. Tract going on right now. I noticed that you are on MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which itself can cause diarrhea. I did find references about Neurontin causing extremely severe diarrhea as well. I would recommend you contact your G.I. Doctor and ask what you should do with the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) first. Perhaps all you will need is an adjustment in the miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

Depakote (Definition)

Depakote is the brand name for a medication known as valproic acid. It is most commonly used to treat seizures, though it can also be used as a mood stabilizer in certain psychiatric disorders. It is used to treat multiple seizure types and can be used alone or with other seizure medications if needed. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, ...Read more


Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more