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NEURONTIN 100 MG HARD CAPSULES
Active substance(s): GABAPENTIN
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
This medicine is available as the above name but will be referred to as
Neurontin throughout this leaflet.
Neurontin Capsules are available in other strengths and also as film-coated
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Neurontin is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Neurontin
3. How to take Neurontin
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Neurontin
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT NEURONTIN IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Neurontin belongs to a group of medicines used to treat epilepsy and
peripheral neuropathic pain (long lasting pain caused by damage to the
The active substance in Neurontin is gabapentin.
Neurontin is used to treat:
- Various forms of epilepsy (seizures that are initially limited to certain
parts of the brain, whether the seizure spreads to other parts of the brain
or not). Your doctor will prescribe Neurontin for you to help treat your
epilepsy when your current treatment is not fully controlling your
condition. You should take Neurontin in addition to your current
treatment unless told otherwise.
Neurontin can also be used on its own to treat adults and children over
12 years of age.
- Peripheral neuropathic pain (long lasting pain caused by damage to the
nerves). A variety of different diseases can cause peripheral neuropathic
pain (primarily occurring in the legs and/or arms), such as diabetes or
shingles. Pain sensations may be described as hot, burning, throbbing,
shooting, stabbing, sharp, cramping, aching, tingling, numbness, pins
and needles etc.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE NEURONTIN
Do not take Neurontin
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to gabapentin or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Neurontin:
- if you suffer from kidney problems your doctor may prescribe a different
- if you are on haemodialysis (to remove waste products because of
kidney failure), tell your doctor if you develop muscle pain and/or
- if you develop signs such as persistent stomach pain, feeling sick and
being sick contact your doctor immediately as these may be symptoms
of acute pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas)
Cases of abuse and dependence have been reported for gabapentin from
the post-marketing experience. Talk to your doctor if you have a history of
abuse or dependence.
A small number of people being treated with antiepileptics such as
gabapentin have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves.
If at any time you have these thoughts, immediately contact your doctor.
Important information about potentially serious reactions
A small number of people taking Neurontin get an allergic reaction or
potentially serious skin reaction, which may develop into more serious
problems if they are not treated. You need to know the symptoms to look
out for while you are taking Neurontin.
Read the description of these symptoms in section 4 of this leaflet
under ‘Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the
following symptoms after taking this medicine as they can be serious’
Neurontin should not be taken during pregnancy, unless you are told
otherwise by your doctor. Effective contraception must be used by women
of child-bearing potential.
There have been no studies specifically looking at the use of gabapentin in
pregnant women, but other medications used to treat seizures have
reported an increased risk of harm to the developing baby, particularly
when more than one seizure medication is taken at the same time.
Therefore, whenever possible, you should try to take only one seizure
medication during pregnancy and only under the advice of your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if you become pregnant, think you might
be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant while taking Neurontin. Do
not suddenly discontinue taking this medicine as this may lead to a
breakthrough seizure, which could have serious consequences for you and
Gabapentin, the active substance of Neurontin, is passed on through
human milk. Because the effect on the baby is unknown, it is not
recommended to breast-feed while using Neurontin.
There is no effect on fertility in animal studies.
Driving and using machines
Neurontin may produce dizziness, drowsiness and tiredness.
You should not drive, operate complex machinery or take part in other
potentially hazardous activities until you know whether this medication
affects your ability to perform these activities.
Neurontin contains lactose
Neurontin hard capsules contain lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact
your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. HOW TO TAKE NEURONTIN
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will determine what dose is appropriate for you.
Epilepsy, the recommended dose is
Adults and adolescents:
Take the number of capsules or tablets as instructed. Your doctor will
usually build up your dose gradually. The starting dose will generally be
between 300 mg and 900 mg each day. Thereafter, the dose may be
increased as instructed by your doctor, up to a maximum of 3600 mg each
day and your doctor will tell you to take this in 3 separate doses, i.e. once in
the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening.
Children aged 6 years and above:
The dose to be given to your child will be decided by your doctor as it is
calculated against your child’s weight. The treatment is started with a low
initial dose which is gradually increased over a period of approximately 3
days. The usual dose to control epilepsy is 25–35 mg per kg of body weight
per day. It is usually given in 3 separate doses, by taking the capsule(s) or
tablet(s) each day, usually once in the morning, once in the afternoon and
once in the evening.
Neurontin is not recommended for use in children below 6 years of age.
Peripheral Neuropathic Pain, the recommended dose is
Take the number of capsules or tablets as instructed by your doctor. Your
doctor will usually build up your dose gradually. The starting dose will
generally be between 300 mg and 900 mg each day. Thereafter, the dose
may be increased as instructed by your doctor up to a maximum of 3600
mg each day and your doctor will tell you to take this in 3 separate doses,
i.e. once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening.
If you have kidney problems or are receiving haemodialysis
Your doctor may prescribe a different dosing schedule and/or dose if you
have problems with your kidneys or are undergoing haemodialysis.
If you are an elderly patient (over 65 years of age), you should take the
normal dose of Neurontin unless you have problems with your kidneys.
Your doctor may prescribe a different dosing schedule and/or dose if you
have problems with your kidneys.
If you have the impression that the effect of Neurontin is too strong or too
weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Muscle weakness, tenderness or pain and particularly, if at the same time,
you feel unwell or have a high temperature it may be caused by an
abnormal muscle breakdown which can be life-threatening and lead to
kidney problems. You may also experience discoloration of your urine, and
a change in blood test results (notably blood creatine phosphokinase
increased). If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, please
contact your doctor immediately.
Method of administration
Neurontin is for oral use. Always swallow the capsules or tablets with plenty
Other medicines and Neurontin
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicines.
If you take more Neurontin than you should
Higher than recommended doses may result in an increase in side effects
including loss of consciousness, dizziness, double vision, slurred speech,
drowsiness and diarrhoea. Call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital
emergency unit immediately if you take more Neurontin than your doctor
prescribed. Take along any capsules or tablets that you have not taken,
together with the container and the label so that the hospital can easily tell
what medicine you have taken.
Medicines containing opioids such as morphine
If you are taking any medicines containing opioids (such as morphine),
please tell your doctor or pharmacist as opioids may increase the effect of
Neurontin. In addition, combination of Neurontin with opioids may cause
symptoms like sleepiness and/or decrease in breathing.
Antacids for indigestion
If Neurontin and antacids containing aluminium and magnesium are taken
at the same time, absorption of Neurontin from the stomach may be
reduced. It is therefore recommended that Neurontin is taken at the earliest
two hours after taking an antacid.
- is not expected to interact with other antiepileptic drugs or the oral
- may interfere with some laboratory tests, if you require a urine test tell
your doctor or hospital what you are taking.
Neurontin with food
Neurontin can be taken with or without food.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
The tablet can be divided into equal halves.
Continue taking Neurontin until your doctor tells you to stop.
If you forget to take Neurontin
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is
time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
If you stop taking Neurontin
Do not stop taking Neurontin unless your doctor tells you to. If your
treatment is stopped it should be done gradually over a minimum of 1
week. If you stop taking Neurontin suddenly or before your doctor tells you,
there is an increased risk of seizures.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them:
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the
following symptoms after taking this medicine as they can be serious:
- severe skin reactions that require immediate attention, swelling of
the lips and face, skin rash and redness, and/or hair loss (these
may be symptoms of a serious allergic reaction)
- persistent stomach pain, feeling sick and being sick as these may
be symptoms of acute pancreatitis (an inflamed pancreas)
- Neurontin may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction
that may affect your skin or other parts of your body such as your
liver or blood cells. You may or may not have rash when you get
this type of reaction. It may cause you to be hospitalized or to stop
Neurontin. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the
- skin rash
- swollen glands that do not go away
- swelling of your lip and tongue
- yellowing of your skin or of the whites of the eyes
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- severe fatigue or weakness
- unexpected muscle pain
- frequent infections
These symptoms may be the first signs of a serious reaction. A doctor
should examine you to decide if you should continue taking
- If you are on haemodialysis, tell your doctor if you develop muscle pain
Other side effects include:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
- Viral infection
- Feeling drowsy, dizziness, lack of coordination
- Feeling tired, fever
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- Pneumonia, respiratory infections, urinary tract infection, inflammation of
the ear or other infections
- Low white blood cell counts
- Anorexia, increased appetite
- Anger towards others, confusion, mood changes, depression, anxiety,
nervousness, difficulty with thinking
- Convulsions, jerky movements, difficulty with speaking, loss of memory,
tremor, difficulty sleeping, headache, sensitive skin, decreased sensation
(numbness), difficulty with coordination, unusual eye movement,
increased, decreased or absent reflexes
- Blurred vision, double vision
- High blood pressure, flushing or dilation of blood vessels
- Difficulty breathing, bronchitis, sore throat, cough, dry nose
- Vomiting (being sick), nausea (feeling sick), problems with teeth,
inflamed gums, diarrhoea, stomach pain, indigestion, constipation, dry
mouth or throat, flatulence
- Facial swelling, bruises, rash, itch, acne
- Joint pain, muscle pain, back pain, twitching
- Difficulties with erection (impotence)
- Swelling in the legs and arms, difficulty with walking, weakness, pain,
feeling unwell, flu-like symptoms
- Decrease in white blood cells, increase in weight
- Accidental injury, fracture, abrasion
Additionally in clinical studies in children, aggressive behaviour and jerky
movements were reported commonly.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- Allergic reaction such as hives
- Decreased movement
- Racing heartbeat
- Swelling that may involve the face, trunk and limbs
- Abnormal blood test results suggesting problems with the liver
- Mental impairment
- Increase in blood glucose levels (most often observed in patients with
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
- Loss of consciousness
- Decrease in blood glucose levels (most often observed in patients with
After marketing Neurontin the following side effects have been
- Decreased platelets (blood clotting cells)
- Problems with abnormal movements such as writhing, jerking
movements and stiffness
- Ringing in the ears
- A group of side effects that could include swollen lymph nodes (isolated
small raised lumps under the skin), fever, rash, and inflammation of liver
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), inflammation of the liver
- Acute kidney failure, incontinence
- Increased breast tissue, breast enlargement
- Adverse events following the abrupt discontinuation of gabapentin
(anxiety, difficulty sleeping, feeling sick, pain, sweating), chest pain
- Breakdown of muscle fibers (rhabdomyolysis)
- Change in blood test results (creatine phosphokinase increased)
- Problems with sexual functioning including inability to achieve a sexual
climax, delayed ejaculation
- Low blood sodium level
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE NEURONTIN
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Neurontin after the expiry date which is stated on the carton.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
If your capsules become discoloured or shown any other signs of
deterioration please contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking your
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Neurontin contains
Neurontin Hard Capsules
The active substance is gabapentin.
Each hard capsule contains 100 mg gabapentin.
The other ingredients in Neurontin capsules are:
lactose monohydrate, maize starch, talc, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulphate,
shellac, indigo carmine aluminium lake (E132) and titanium dioxide (E171).
What Neurontin looks like and contents of the pack
100mg two-piece, white opaque hard capsule, imprinted with 'Neurontin
100 mg' and 'PD' in blue ink and containing a white to off-white
Neurontin 100mg capsules come in blister packs of 100 capsules.
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
Neurontin is manufactured by Goedecke GmbH, Mooswaldallee 1, D-79090
Freiburg, Germany. Procured from within the EU by Product Licence holder
Tenolol Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 1XD.
Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
Neurontin 100 mg Hard Capsules PL 30900/1924
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 02.09.15
Neurontin is a registered trademark of Warner-Lambert Company LLC.
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