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Gabapentin belongs to anticonvulsants class of medications and is used to treat seizures caused by epilepsy, and pain caused by Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN). The modus operandi of Gabapentin is simple. It treats seizures by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain, and relieves the pain of PHN by changing the way the body senses pain. Gabapentin is a multi-tasking drug and also sometimes referred to relieve the pain of diabetic neuropathy, and to treat and prevent hot flashes in women being treated for breast cancer or menopause. However, this doesn’t mean that you recklessly pop the pill if you are suffering from any of the above. Take Gabapentin only upon the advise of a qualified doctor.

The reasoning is simple. Gabapentin has some known serious side effects too. Though the drug is among the safest ones, yet you can’t ignore the side effects like drowsiness, headache, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, swelling of hands, feet and lower legs, pain in ears, itchy eyes, even seizures in rare cases etc. In case you notice these side effects seriously hampering your routine lifestyle, immediately consult the doctor for remedial treatment. Before prescribing Gabapentin, your doctor also needs to know about your drug-reaction history, medicines you are already taking, pregnancy or breastfeeding status for women, and certain other inquiries that help in minimizing or eliminating the risks of taking

Gabapentin is available as a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. In any form, the drug is meant for oral consumption with full glass of water thrice a day. For dosage, your best friend is the prescribing doctor and the next best friend is the directions on your prescription label. If you are relieved of your condition, do not immediately cease the usage of Gabapentin without consulting your doctor. This is vital to prevent withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, nausea, sweating, and general
body pain.


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