Neurontin, also known as gabapentin, is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of seizures, nerve pain, and postherpetic neuralgia, a condition that occurs after shingles. It is also used to treat restless leg syndrome and various other conditions. Neurontin is a type of anticonvulsant that works by affecting the chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.
Neurontin is primarily used to treat seizures caused by certain types of epilepsy. It is also used for treating nerve pain associated with herpes zoster (shingles) infection, postherpetic neuralgia, and diabetic neuropathy. Neurontin is also used to treat restless leg syndrome and is sometimes prescribed off-label for other conditions, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, and migraine headaches.
Neurontin is effective in controlling seizures and reducing nerve pain. It does not cure the underlying cause of the pain or seizures, but it can help to control them. Neurontin is also generally well-tolerated, with few side effects.
Neurontin can cause side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, and confusion. It can also cause more serious side effects, such as blurred vision, difficulty breathing, and an allergic reaction. Neurontin can also interact with other medications, so it is important to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking.
Active Ingredients and Synonyms
The active ingredient in Neurontin is gabapentin. It is also known by its brand names, Neurontin, Gralise, and Gabarone.
Neurontin is a useful medication for treating certain types of seizures and nerve pain. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with this medication. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of taking Neurontin.