The pills of Neurontin come in the elongated shape of white, yellow, blue or dark blue colors depending on the dosage and the manufacturer. The usual dosages for one tablet, which contains gabapentin, are 200, 300, 400, 600, and 800 mg. The medicine belongs to the group of antiepileptic means. The active component is gabapentin.
Neurontin is an anticonvulsant remedy. The structure of this drug is similar to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, but its mechanism of action is different from this and some other drugs. Neurontin does not affect the reuptake of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. It is believed that this medicine inhibits the flow of calcium ions, which plays an important role in the occurrence of neuropathic pain.
The sheet of instruction which is provided with the package offers basic information on how to consume the pills of Neurontin. The optimal dosage regimen is determined by the doctor. Discuss the dosage with your physician and make sure to follow his exact prescriptions.
This medicine has a set of side effects for health if used any differently from doctor's orders. Side effects can be various, for example:
- impaired gait;
- dry oral mucosa;
- weight gain;
- the pain of various localization;
Clinical experience with the use of Neurontin indicates a possible increase in the risk of suicide attempts in the first weeks of therapy, and therefore it is very important to carefully monitor patients during this period.
This is not the complete sheet of side reactions, and you should report to your doctor immediately about any unpleasant symptoms that persist.