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Neuropathic Pain Agent Adult

Gabapentin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Gabapentin cause?

Generally, side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment or when the dose is increased, but should wear off after several days.

Common side effects include:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, swelling of feet (more common in adults), headache
  • Abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, increased appetite and constipation or diarrhoea
  • Swelling of feet and hands

Inform your doctor immediately if the side effects above become severe and bothersome.

There are some potentially serious, but rare side effects that may be experienced:

  • Behavioural changes e.g. irritability, moodiness, restlessness/hyperactive, trouble concentrating, and memory loss
  • Twitching or tremors
  • Vision disturbances

Stop the medication and inform your doctor immediately if these rare side effects above occur, or if you experience any other side effects and allergic reactions (e.g. rash, swelling of the eyes and lips, difficulty breathing).

Before taking Gabapentin, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Gabapentin?

Gabapentin - Additional Information

Read on for more information on Gabapentin as treatment for complex motor disorders in children.

  • Updated on Thursday, June 30, 2016
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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