Description: Neurontin (generic name: gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant, also known as an anti-epileptic, or anti-seizure medication. It is approved for the treatment of focal seizures, partial seizures and mixed seizures. It also affects nerves and chemicals in the body that are involved in some types of pain, and so is also used to treat nerve pain caused by shingles, herpes virus or diabetic neuropathy. Off-label uses are for anxiety disorders, insomnia, and bipolar disorder.
Serious Side Effects of Neurontin
According to the Neurontin medication guidelines as reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Sep 2015), some side effects are severe and require emergency treatment. These include: severe weakness or tiredness, upper stomach pain, severe tingling or numbness, increased seizures, rapid back and forth movement of your eyes, kidney problems, severe skin reactions (including the potentially fatal Stevens-Johnson Syndrome), chest pain and new or worsening cough with fever or trouble breathing.
Other severe reactions that were updated by the FDA in 2013 as reported in the Neurotonin Drug Safety Guidelines include: increase in blood creatine phosphokinase (CPK) levels and rhabdomyolysis (destruction of a type of muscle cell); high CPK can be toxic and dangerous to your heart and other muscles; central nervous system and suicide ideation.
Common Side Effects of Neurontin
According to the Neurontin drug label as reported by the FDA, common side effects include:
Less Common Side Effects Neurontin
According to the Neurontin drug label as reported by the FDA, less common adverse reactions to Neurontin/gabapentin include:
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The field of pharmacogenetics has emerged relatively recently from the sequencing of the human genome and is an increasingly important medical field. Genome-wide population studies revealed that many people have variations in the genes that are responsible for processing (metabolizing) most medications on the market. Since these genes are responsible for making the enzymes that metabolize most drugs, the variations in these enzymes may mean that you may not be able to take a particular drug, that the recommended dosage isn’t safe for you, or that standard doses may not be effective – all based on your genetically modulated metabolism of pharmacological agents.
Contributors to this Article: Michael Sapko, MD, Phd and Deborah Kallick, PhD, Medicinal Chemistry
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