GABAPENTIN - gabapentin capsule
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Gabapentin Capsules, USP
Gabapentin Tablets, USP
(GA ba PEN tin)
What is the most important information I should know about gabapentin?
Do not stop taking gabapentin without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Stopping gabapentin suddenly can cause serious problems.
Gabapentin can cause serious side effects including:
1. Suicidal Thoughts. Like other antiepileptic drugs, gabapentin may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in
a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.
Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new,
worse, or worry you:
thoughts about suicide or dying
attempts to commit suicide
new or worse depression
new or worse anxiety
feeling agitated or restless
trouble sleeping (insomnia)
new or worse irritability
acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
acting on dangerous impulses
an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
other unusual changes in behavior or mood
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or
Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.
Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
Do not stop taking gabapentin without first talking to a healthcare provider.
Stopping gabapentin suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly
in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).
Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal
thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.
2. Changes in behavior and thinking - Using gabapentin in children 3 to 12 years of age can cause
emotional changes, aggressive behavior, problems with concentration, restlessness, changes in school
performance, and hyperactivity.
3. Gabapentin may cause serious or life-threatening allergic reactions that may affect your skin or other
parts of your body such as your liver or blood cells. This may cause you to be hospitalized or to stop
gabapentin. You may or may not have a rash with an allergic reaction caused by gabapentin. Call a
healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
swollen glands that do not go away
swelling of your face, lips, throat, or tongue
yellowing of your skin or of the whites of the eyes
unusual bruising or bleeding
severe fatigue or weakness
unexpected muscle pain
These symptoms may be the first signs of a serious reaction. A healthcare provider should examine you to
decide if you should continue taking gabapentin.
What is gabapentin?
Gabapentin is a prescription medicine used to treat:
Pain from damaged nerves (postherpetic pain) that follows healing of shingles (a painful rash that
comes after a herpes zoster infection) in adults.
Partial seizures when taken together with other medicines in adults and children 3 years of age and
older with seizures.
Who should not take gabapentin?
Do not take gabapentin if you are allergic to gabapentin or any of the other ingredients in gabapentin. See
the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in gabapentin.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking gabapentin?
Before taking gabapentin, tell your healthcare provider if you:
have or have had kidney problems or are on hemodialysis
have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if gabapentin can harm your unborn
baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking gabapentin.
You and your healthcare provider will decide if you should take gabapentin while you are
Pregnancy Registry: If you become pregnant while taking gabapentin, talk to your
healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug
(NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about
the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy. You can enroll in this registry by calling
are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. Gabapentin can pass into breast milk. You and your
healthcare provider should decide how you will feed your baby while you take gabapentin.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-
counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Taking gabapentin with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do
not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist
when you get a new medicine.
How should I take gabapentin?
Take gabapentin exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much
gabapentin to take.
Do not change your dose of gabapentin without talking to your healthcare provider.
If you take gabapentin tablets and break a tablet in half, the unused half of the tablet should
be taken at your next scheduled dose. Half tablets not used within 28 days of breaking
should be thrown away.
Take gabapentin capsules with water.
Gabapentin tablets can be taken with or without food. If you take an antacid containing aluminum
and magnesium, such as Maalox®*, Mylanta®*, Gelusil®*, Gaviscon®*, or Di-Gel®*, you
should wait at least 2 hours before taking your next dose of gabapentin.
If you take too much gabapentin, call your healthcare provider or your local Poison Control Center right
away at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking gabapentin?
Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking
gabapentin without first talking with your healthcare provider. Taking gabapentin with alcohol or
drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness may make your sleepiness or dizziness worse.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how
gabapentin affects you. Gabapentin can slow your thinking and motor skills.
What are the possible side effects of gabapentin?
Gabapentin may cause serious side effects including:
See “What is the most important information I should know about gabapentin?”
problems driving while using gabapentin. See “What I should avoid while taking Neurontin?”
sleepiness and dizziness, which could increase the occurrence of accidental injury, including falls
The most common side effects of gabapentin include:
lack of coordination
nausea and vomiting
difficulty with coordination
difficulty with speaking
unusual eye movement
swelling, usually of legs and feet
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of gabapentin. For more information, ask your healthcare
provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-
How should I store gabapentin?
Store gabapentin capsules and tablets at 20° to 25°C (68 to 77°F)
Keep gabapentin and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of gabapentin
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not
use gabapentin for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give gabapentin to other people,
even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about gabapentin. If you would like
more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
for information about gabapentin that was written for healthcare professionals.
For more information, call 1-800-818-4555.
What are the ingredients in gabapentin?
Active ingredient: gabapentin
Inactive ingredients in the capsules: calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate dihydrate, glyceryl behenate, and
pregelatinized maize starch. The capsule shell contains gelatin, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate,
yellow iron oxide (300 mg and 400 mg) and red iron oxide (400 mg). The imprinting ink contains shellac,
dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, black
iron oxide, potassium hydroxide, and purified water.
Inactive ingredients in the tablets: glyceryl behenate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, low substituted
hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, mannitol, talc, pregelatinized maize starch and Opadry YS-
1-7003 (hypromellose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, and polysorbate 80).
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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