Neurontin falls under the category of anticonvulsant medication. The primary ingredient that is found in Neurontin is gabapentin. Neurontin is available in capsule and tablet form. In capsule form, you will be able to find it in quantities of 100mg, 300mg, and 400mg. As tablets, they are provided in 600mg and 800mg doses.
How It Works
It is uncertain precisely how gabapentin works within the brain. To a large extent, it is presumed that it is responsible for the suppression of certain neurotransmitters in the spinal cord as well as the brain. In particular, it appears to prevent the release of glutamate. An increase in the amount of glutamate often causes a rise in electrical activity in nerve cells and may result in seizures. Therefore, gabapentin helps to maintain this electrical balance. Glutamate is also involved in the transmission of pain signals. Thus, gabapentin also helps to curb this process as well.
There are two main purposes for the prescription of Neurontin. First, it helps to reduce the onset of seizures in children as well as adult. It can be given to children as young as three years old. For adults who are experiencing pain as a result of herpes or shingles, Neurontin has proven to be quite useful.
Your usage of Neurontin should be approved by a clinician. The medical specialist will inform you of the right amount of Neurontin to take and how often it should be consumed. It is important not to depart from the directions that have been given to you by your clinician. You should especially refrain from either reducing or increasing the amount that you have been advised to take.
For pain due to the presence of herpes or shingles, the total dosage can total about 1800mg. This should begin at 300mg and gradually be increased to the full amount. This quantity is meant for adults.
Children with epilepsy of about three or four years old should be given around 40mg of Neurontin for each kilo of body weight. This should be divided into three different doses over the course of the day.
For those up to the age of eleven with epilepsy, this is between 25mg to 35mg of Neurontin per kilo of body weight. This should be divided among three doses.
When Neurontin is consumed, there may be some negative reactions noted. Here are some of the ones that you need to look out for:
Symptoms associated with the flu or a cold
A reduction in strength and energy
If any of these or other indicators manifest, you should speak with a clinician at your earliest possible convenience.
Do not take Neurontin if you have a sensitivity to gabapentin.
Speak with a clinician if any of the following conditions concern you:
Reduced kidney function
Mental health problems
Restless leg syndrome
The consumption of Neurontin may or may not result in the presence of certain suicidal thoughts or considerations.
There have been no indications that Neurontin can affect a fetus but you should confer with your clinician.
The presence of Neurontin has been found in breast milk. You should inform a clinician before feeding your child.