NEUROTIN




BRAND NAMES
GABAPENTIN


BASIC NEUROTIN INFO
Habit forming? No
Prescription needed? Yes
Available as generic? Yes
Drug class: Anticonvulsant, antiepileptic


NEUROTIN MEDICAL USES
Treatment for partial (focal) epileptic seizures. Used in combination with other antiepileptic drugs.


MEDICAL DOSAGE & NEUROTIN USAGE
How to take Neurotin:

- Capsule: Swallow with liquid. May be taken with or without food.


When to take Neurotin:

- Your doctor will determine the best schedule.

- Dosages will be increased rapidly over the first 3 days of use. Further increases may be necessary to achieve maximum benefits.


If you forget a Neurotin dose:

- Take as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait for your next scheduled dose (don't double this dose).


What Neurotin does:

- The exact mechanism is unknown. The anticonvulsant action may result from an altered transport of brain amino acids.

- Amino acids play an important part in chemical reactions within the cells.


Time lapse before Neurotin drug works:

- May take several weeks for effectiveness.


Don't take Neurotin with:

- Any other medicine or any dietary supplement without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.


DRUG OVERDOSE
SYMPTOMS: Double vision, slurred speech, drowsiness, tiredness, diarrhea.
NEUROTIN SIDE EFFECTS

Life-threatening:

None expected.

Common Neurotin Side Effects:

S
leepiness, dizziness, fatigue, clumsiness, lack of coordination.

Infrequent Neurotin Side Effects:

Rapid eye movement (nystagmus), double or blurred vision.

Rare Neurotin Side Effects:

Rash; nervousness; depression; twitching or swelling in hands, feet or legs; runny nose; dry or sore throat; nausea; vomiting; coughing; dry mouth; constipation; impotence; increased appetite; weight gain; muscle or back ache; forgetfulness; indigestion.
PRECAUTIONS

Don't take Neurotin if:

- You are allergic to gabapentin.


Before you start Neurotin consult your doctor If:

- You have kidney disease.


Over age 60:

- No special problems expected.


Pregnancy:

- Decide with your doctor if drug benefits justify risks to unborn child.


Breast-feeding:

- It is unknown if Neurotin passes into milk. Consult your doctor.

Infants & children:

- Neurotin is not recommended for children under age 12.


Prolonged use:

- No special problems expected.

- Follow-up laboratory blood studies may be recommended by your doctor.


Skin & sunlight:

- No problems expected.


Driving, piloting or hazardous work:

- Don't drive or pilot aircraft until you learn how Neurotin medicine affects you.

- Don't work around dangerous machinery.

- Don't climb ladders or work in high places.

- Danger increases if you drink alcohol or take other medicines affecting alertness and reflexes such as antihistamines, tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medicine, narcotics and mind-altering drugs.


Discontinuing Neurotin:

- Don't discontinue without doctor's approval due to risk of increased seizure activity.


Others:

- Advise any doctor or dentist whom you consult that you take this medicine.

- Side effects of gabapentin are usually mild to moderate. Because it is normally used with other anticonvulsant drugs, additional side effects may also occur. If they do, discuss them with your doctor.




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