Neurontin and Alcohol

In general, people are not advised to combine Neurontin and alcohol. Doing so can increase the risk of certain side effects of Neurontin, such as dizziness or problems with coordination. In addition, you may not be able to safely drink as much as in the past. If you decide to drink alcohol during Neurontin treatment, start slowly until you know how the medication will affect you.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Neurontin?

Neurontin® (gabapentin) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of nerve pain and epileptic seizures. In many cases, it may not be a good idea to combine alcohol and Neurontin. Combining these two substances can increase the chance and severity of several Neurontin side effects.

Neurontin and Alcohol: Side Effects

Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain Neurontin side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, coordination problems, or confusion. You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Neurontin. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking.
Combining Neurontin and alcohol may be especially dangerous in elderly people, who may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Also, falls (due to coordination problems, dizziness, or passing out) are usually more dangerous in elderly people, who have a higher risk of broken bones.
If you decide to drink while taking Neurontin, be sure to start slowly, making sure to see how it will affect you. Also, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you can make a shared decision about Neurontin and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop.
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