Gabapetin review

Gabapetin is an anticonvulsant that affects the chemicals and nerves in one’s body that play a role in seizures and other certain types of pain. It can be used alone and in combination with other anti-seizure drugs for cure of seizures resulting from epilepsy. Gabapetin is also used in combination with other drugs for the treatment of seizures among children aged 3 to 12 years old.

Gabapetin can also be given for the treatment of nerve pain resulting from shingles or herpes virus.

Gabapetine is not given to individuals who have allergy to gabapentin. Users need to inform their doctors if they have kidney, heart or liver problems before taking Gabapetin.

For users over 12 years, dosage of Gabapetin is at 300 milligrams to be taken three times per day. After that, the dosage can be increased up to 1800 milligrams in a day, or divided into 3 doses.

For younger patients, the daily dosage is based on the child’s weight. The initial dosage is up to 15 milligrams for every 2.2 pounds. The dosage is then upped to 40 milligrams in three days for children aged 4 and below, and up to 35 milligrams for every 2.2 pounds for children aged 5 and older. The total dosage per day is given 3 smaller dosages throughout a day.

Users have to follow the dosing indications and schedule prescribed by their doctors. It is important that Gabapetin is taken at least 3 times per day. Users should not go more than 12 hours without taking Gabapetin.

Gabapetin can be taken on an empty stomach. Never take 2 doses at the same time, however, to make up for a missed dose.

Gabapetin should be kept at room temperature and away from children and pets.

Like most drugs, Gabapetin can result to various side effects, although very rarely. If the side effects continue or change in intensity, the users should inform their doctors immediately. A doctor is the only one who can determine the safety of continued use of Gabapetin. Some of the side effects of Gabapetin are blurred and double vision, dizziness, bronchitis among children, drowsiness, fatigue, itchy and runny nose, nausea, vomiting, weight increase, and fatigue.

Other side effects may include constipation, drowsiness, diarrhea, headache, dry mouth, infection, swelling of the arms and legs, weakness, vomiting, and infection.

Gabapetin may cause people to become less alert and drowsy. If taken with morphine, the likelihood of these side effects increases. Never drive a vehicle or operate dangerous equipment until you are sure that Gabapetine will not have an effect on your mental alertness.

Gabapetin can also trigger emotional problems among children such as aggression, hostility, unstable emotion, and hyperactivity. However, most of the time, these cases are usually mild.

When Gabapetin is taken with other types of drugs, its effects may be increased, lessened, or changed. Check with a doctor first the safety of taking Gabapetin with other medicines such as Maalox, Vicodin, Lortab, Naprosyn, MS Contin, and Kadian.

Gabapetin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of gabapetin

• Molecular formula of gabapetin is C9H17NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[1-(aminomethyl)cyclohexyl]acetic acid
• Molecular weight is 171.237 g/mol
Gabapetin available : 100mg tablets, 300mg tablets, 400mg tablets, 600mg tablets and 800mg tablets

Generic name: Gabapentin

Brand name(s): Aclonium, Gababentin, Gabapentine, Gabapentino, Gabapentinum, Neurontin, Novo-Gabapentin

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