Neurontin is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia and some types of seizures. Neurontin is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat neuropathic pain associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Neurontin is also referred to by its drug name, gabapentin.
Neurontin is an anticonvulsant, or drug that controls seizures. Neurontin is believed to work on certain types of pain by reducing pain signals sent by damaged nerves.
How do I take it?
Neurontin should be taken exactly as prescribed.
Neurontin comes in tablet, capsule, and liquid solution forms.
The FDA-approved label for Neurontin lists common side effects including sleepiness, dizziness, drowsiness, hostility, and peripheral edema (swelling in the hands and feet).
Rare but serious side effects listed for Neurontin include worsening depression, suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions, dizziness, seizures, respiratory depression, neuropsychiatric adverse reactions, and severe hypersensitivity reactions.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Neurontin Prescribing Information — Pfizer
Neurontin — National MS Society