Neurontin is an anticonvulsant drug that is used to control and treat seizures associated with epilepsy. It is also used for the treatment of nerve pain associated with herpes zoster (shingles) infection (postherpetic neuralgia).
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Neurontin may be taken by mouth with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
Neurontin must not be taken with antacid containing aluminum or magnesium.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Neurontin ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Neurontin each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Neurontin falls under anticonvulsant and how exactly it works is unknown.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Neurontin must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Neurontin (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have kidney problems and are on dialysis
if you have a history of mental or mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or actions.
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like Morphine because it may increase the risk of Neurontin's side effects, including drowsiness.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Neurontin. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Neurontin usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Neurontin. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.