Neurontin Risks

Neurontin® (gabapentin) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat epilepsy and postherpetic neuralgia. Although this medication appears to be safe for many people, there are certain risks associated with Neurontin that you should be aware of before starting treatment.
Some risks to be aware of before starting this drug include:
  • The medication can cause emotional or behavioral problems, particularly in children. This may include hostility, hyperactivity, concentration problems, and other behavioral problems. Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any such changes in your child that are possibly due to Neurontin.
  • As with most seizure medications, stopping Neurontin too quickly can increase your risk of seizures and other problems.
  • Neurontin can cause vision problems, especially blurred vision or double vision. Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any vision problems while taking it.
A number of side effects have also been reported with Neurontin. Some of the most common side effects that have been seen with this medication include nausea or vomiting, fever, drowsiness, and unusual eye movements. In most cases, side effects of Neurontin are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily.
(Click Neurontin Side Effects and Neurontin Warnings and Precautions to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before using Neurontin and for a more complete list of possible side effects of this medicine.)
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