I'd been taking 300 mg until recently, when my PM doctor upped my dosage (I take the drug for nerve pain after three surgeries on my lower back) Thanks!
Hi CupCaked, Please call your friendly pharmacist about this! Capsules are generally not split-able. If you open your gabapentin capsule you will find powder, this really is not easy to split and probably isnt supposed to be split.
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How are you going to split a capsule? If you feel the dose is too much get your doc to change it.
Hi,the capsules are not meant to be split although people do it.You should just ask for the tablets if you want to make "splits",although off the top of my head I don't believe they make 300mg tablets but they might.Those are what I take and have had higher doses in tablet form,wouldn't recommend opening the capsules,have to be precise with measurements and dilute in water or make suppositories... NOT RECOMMENDED!!!
I have been splitting 300mg capsules of Gabapentin because it gives me a salty taste and bothers my sinuses as well as my stomach. To me it's a nasty drug. It's no trouble at all to divide them if you have some capsules even though it isn't real accurate. We got some capsules from a health food store a while ago to put Tumeric in. I'm glad I split them a few times because I found that even taking lower doses of Gabapentin it still bothers me. If I had the Doctor prescribe more I would have just had to throw twice as much away and I don't have prescription coverage. I hate to throw $50 in the garbage.
I had surgery on my neck and I take Neurontin capsules. Im on a puree diet because it's hard to swallow. I tried to swallow the capsules whole one at a time but they get stuck in my throat, so the nurses here open them up and put them into custard or yogurt or applesauce. It really nasty.
I've been taking 400 mg and I open mine (with no effort) and put it in applesauce per my Drs. Instructions. I can't swallow large pills or capsules. 400mg's is a extremely large capsule.
I do this by buying empty capsules from Amazon and using a small kitchen scale to divide the original gabapentin capsule (powder) to get a very close division of the capsule. I am on 300mg
for RLS, but was waking up to groggy (like a sleeping pill hangover) so splitting helped to solve this issue. and still stops my RLS.
There is a BIG problem with trying to split capsules or unscored tablets . You have no idea how much active ingredient is in each "split". The powder or beads in capsules also contain many inert ingredients such as binders, fillers, colouring agents, etc.
When you split capsules or unscored tablets you could be getting the full dose or even none at all.
If you need to reduce your dose for some reason you should always inform your doctor and get some professional advice.
I agree with masso.
If you want a precise dose then use a compounding pharmacy. Your doctor would have to write you that type of prescription.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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