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Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant prescription drug that goes by several brand names including, Neurontin, Gralise, Gabarone, and Fanatrex. It was approved by the FDA in December for the following main uses.


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Gabapentin is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral capsule, an immediate-release oral tablet, an extended-release oral tablet, and an oral solution. Gabapentin oral capsule is available as the brand-name drug Neurontin. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, the brand-name drug and the generic version may be available in different forms and strengths. Gabapentin may be used as part of a combination therapy.

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This leaflet is about the use of gabapentin for neuropathic pain pain caused by nerve damage.

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This leaflet has been written for parents and carers about how to use this medicine in children. Our information sometimes differs from that provided by the manufacturers, because their information is usually aimed at adult patients. Please read this leaflet carefully. Keep it somewhere safe so that you can read it again. Your doctor will work out the amount of gabapentin the dose that is right for your.

The dose will be shown on the medicine label. When you first start giving gabapentin to your child, you will give them a small amount and then increase the dose bit by bit over a few days or weeks. This helps your child to get used to the medicine. Your doctor will explain what to do. Tablets: These should be swallowed with a glass of water, juice or similar. Your child should not chew the tablets.

You can crush the tablet and mix it with a small amount of soft food e. Make sure your child swallows it all straight away, without chewing. Capsules: These should be swallowed with a glass of water, juice or similar. Your child should not chew the capsules. You can open the capsule and mix the contents with a teaspoon of soft food e. Make sure your child swallows it straight away, without chewing.

The capsule contents have a bitter taste, so you will need to use something strong tasting to mask it, such as undiluted fruit squash. Liquid medicine: Shake the bottle well and measure out the right amount using an oral syringe or medicine spoon.

You can get these from your pharmacist. Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the right amount. It may take a few days or sometimes weeks for gabapentin to work properly. This is because the amount of medicine has to be increased slowly. Continue to give the medicine as you have been told to by your doctor.

It may take a while to find the dose that works best for your. If your child is sick again, seek advice from your GP, pharmacist or hospital. If you usually give it once a day in the morning Give the missed dose when you remember during the day, as long as this is at least 12 hours before the next dose is due.

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If you usually give it once a day in the evening If you remember before bedtime, give the missed dose. You do not need to wake up a sleeping child to give a missed dose. You can give the missed dose in the morning, as long as this is at least 12 hours before the evening dose is due. If you usually give it twice a day If you remember up to 4 hours after you should have given a dose, give your child the missed dose. For example, if you usually give a dose at about 7 am, you can give the missed dose at any time up to 11 am.

If you remember after that time, do not give the missed dose. Just give the next dose as usual. If you usually give it three times a day Do not give the missed dose. If you think you may have given your child too much gabapentin, contact your doctor or local NHS services in England and Scotland; in parts of Walesor take your child to hospital.

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Take the medicine container or packaging with you, even if it is empty. This will be useful to the doctor.

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Have the medicine or packaging with you if you telephone for advice. Your child may get these side-effects when they first start taking gabapentin.

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They will usually settle down within a week or so as their body gets used to the medicine. Continue to give gabapentin to your child as your doctor has told you to during this time. If any of these side-effects continue for longer than a week or so, or if you are worried, contact your doctor. There may, sometimes, be other side-effects that are not listed above.

If you notice anything unusual and are concerned, contact your doctor. If you think someone else may have taken gabapentin by accident, contact your doctor for advice straight away.

1. how it works

Version 2, November Reviewed by: November The primary source for the information in this leaflet is the British National Formulary for Children. For details on any other sources used for this leaflet, please through our website, www. We take great care to make sure that the information in this leaflet is correct and up-to-date. However, medicines can be used in different ways for different patients. It is important that you ask the advice of your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure about something. This leaflet is about the use of these medicines in the UK, and may not apply to other countries.

Medicines for Children. Leaflet information. Gabapentin for neuropathic pain node leader Share this :. Gabapentin for neuropathic pain This leaflet is about the use of gabapentin for neuropathic pain pain caused by nerve damage. Do not stop giving gabapentin suddenly.

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Gabapentin will help your child to feel less pain. What is gabapentin available as? Tablets: mg, mg Capsules: mg, mg, mg; these contain small amounts of lactose Liquid medicine: 50 mg in 1 mL; these may contain acesulfame K and saccharin sodium artificial sweetenersand propylene glycol. When should I give gabapentin? Gabapentin is usually given three times a day. This should be first thing in the morning, early afternoon and at bedtime. Ideally, these times are at least 4 hours apart. You may start by giving gabapentin once a day for a few days, then twice a day for a few days, then three times a day.

This will help your child to get used to the medicine.

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How much should I give? How should I give it? When should the medicine start working?

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What if my child is sick vomits? If your child is sick less than 30 minutes after having a dose of gabapentin, give them the same dose again.

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If your child is sick more than 30 minutes after having a dose of gabapentin, you do not need to give them another dose. Wait until the next normal dose. What if I forget?

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Never give a double dose of gabapentin. What if I give too much? Are there any possible side-effects?

2. upsides

Your child may be drowsy sleepydizzy or unsteady. Your child may feel less hungry lose their appetiteand feel sick nausea or be sick vomit. Your child may get diarrhoea, constipation, wind, indigestion or a dry mouth. Your doctor may be able to prescribe other medicines to help with these symptoms if they are a problem. Occasionally children may seem particularly emotional, anxious or overactive or may have problems with their memory. Your child may be hungrier than usual — this effect can last for many months. Encourage your child to eat food that is low in fat and sugar, otherwise they may put on a lot of weight.

Can other common medicines be given at the same time as gabapentin? You can give your child medicines that contain ibuprofen or paracetamol, unless your doctor has told you not to. If your child needs to take any medicines for indigestion antacidsdo not give these with gabapentin.

Give the two medicines at different times of the day.