My doctor didn't share that information with me so I'm wondering if that is well known. That makes me leery about taking this drug.
The original purpose of the drug Neurontin (Commonly known as Gabapentin) was to treat epilepsy by reducing the chance of seizures. The drug has also proven to be an effective treatment to reduce neuropathic pain (Nerve pain). Most medications in today's market treat more than one condition and some medications are often prescribed for use that is not marketed by the manufacturer, this is due to the mechanisms of the drug. To put it short, the intended use of a medication isn't always the only beneficial one. I was put on this medication myself, it was prescribed to treat long term neuropathic pain. I don't suffer from seizures and never have, the only thing the drug would have done is further reduce the chance of me having one.
I did however have to stop using the medication due to an allergic reaction, it caused my mouth and lips to swell, it causes blisters and sores inside my mouth and also removed a thin layer of my tongue which left it very sensitive for quite some time. I don't know how common allergic reactions are to this medication but I'm sure if your Doctor prescribed it s/he would have been aware of the ingredients and any of which you may have an adverse effect to. To answer the "is the information well known" issue I'd probably have to say no. Doctors often hold back on certain information as it might put the patient in the situation where they would refuse treatment. Your doctor must however answer truthfully about any conditions or medications. The truth of the matter is, it comes down to your doctor as an individual. Some doctors will give you as much information as they can and ensure you're happy with the possible side effects etc... Other doctors will just tell you what you need to take and send you on your way. The best advice I can give you is to make sure you ask about the effects of the medication, signs of allergic reaction to the medication and what other illnesses the medication is used to treat and how that may affect you. The leaflet that comes with the medication should also explain all mentioned above and more. There is no reason to worried about taking this medication, the effects of the drug are minimal and the only real risk in my personal opinion is allergic reaction.
I, too, cant take this medications because I got swelling in my face and hands and feet. Yes, it is well known to Drs that this med was created for an anticonvulsant but it is probably actually used more often for nerve pain. It is quite effective in nerve pain. As the previous poster said, medications often have more than one use. It is like using Tylenol for fever, but it is also good for headaches and pain.
Technically yes, it's an anticonvulsant, but it's not in the same family as the older generations of anticonvulsants. The way I see it, it works for pain (for some) because pain is, at its most basic, nerve overactivity. Convulsions are caused by the misfiring of nerves. I would imagine it work for both by calming the nerves down. Personally, I think this is how it works because I take it for fibromyalgia-related symptoms, and if I don't take a dose, or my tolerance goes up and I have to increase my dosage, I can REALLY tell because the nerve endings all over my body go crazy and they feel as though they're plugged into a wall socket (a feeling which can cause me more pain). I wouldn't worry about it being an anticonvulsant. There are off-label uses for just about every single medication on the market. Also, Neurontin's classified as a mood stabilizer too.
I don't think "anticonvulasants" is a drug class, but rather a term describing its usage. Benzodiazepines are also anticonvulsants, but they're also commonly used as anti-anxiety medications. So yeah, don't worry about that label, give it a try, give it a little while to build up in your system to see how it works for you and before making up your mind whether or not you feel a difference, unless you have some bad side effects from it or have an allergic reaction, in that case, stop taking it immediately. But that should be a given.
Edit: just noticed the date of this question. Did you ever fill that prescription and try the gabapentin? If so, how did it work for you? Are you still taking it?
- Neurontin Information for Consumers
- Neurontin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Neurontin (detailed)
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