What Is Neurontin Used For?
Neurontin® (gabapentin) is a prescription medication approved for treating epilepsy and postherpetic neuralgia.
Using Neurontin for Epilepsy
There are over 30 different types of seizures a person with epilepsy may experience. These seizures are generally classified into two main categories: partial seizures (also known as focal seizures) and generalized seizures. Partial seizures occur in just one part of the brain (as opposed to generalized seizures, which affect both sides of the brain). About 60 percent of people with epilepsy have partial seizures.
This medication is approved to be used along with other seizure medications to treat partial seizures. It is not approved to be used alone for this use.
Using Neurontin for Postherpetic Neuralgia
About one million people develop shingles each year, and a number of them experience a complication called postherpetic neuralgia. This is pain that is present in the affected area for months, or even years, after the shingles rash has healed. The most bothersome of postherpetic neuralgia symptoms is pain.
Postherpetic neuralgia treatment usually involves medication. Neurontin is one of the medications approved to treat the pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.
(Click Neurontin Uses for more detailed information on what the drug is used for, to learn about off-label uses, and to find out whether this medicine is approved for children.)