Capsules: 100 milligrams,
Capsules: 300 milligrams,
Capsules: 400 milligrams,
Capsules: 800 milligrams.
Neurontin is prescribed for treating seizure disorders and herpes zoster (shingles).
Neurontin has two uses. First, it may be prescribed with other medications to treat partial seizures (the type in which symptoms are limited). It can be prescribed whether or not the seizures eventually become general and result in loss of consciousness.
Second, it can be prescribed to relieve the burning nerve pain that sometimes persists for months or even years after an attack of shingles (herpes zoster).
Neurontin can be taken with or without food at doses specifically directed by your physician. Individual doses vary
greatly between individuals. Usually the drug is taken two to three
It is currently not approved under the age of 12 years old. If
discontinued, Neurontin should be gradually withdrawn (usually
over one week) as directed by the doctor.
Adults and Children 12 Years and Over
The recommended starting dose is 300 mg three times a day. After that, the usual daily dosage ranges from 900 to 1,800 mg divided into 3 doses.
Children 3 to 12 Years of Age
Daily dosage is calculated according to the child's weight. The usual starting dosage is 10 to 15 mg per 2.2 pounds. Dosage is then increased over a period of three days to 40 mg per 2.2 pounds for children aged 3 and 4, and 25 to 35 mg per 2.2 pounds for children aged 5 and over. The total daily dosage is taken as 3 smaller doses throughout the day.
PAIN FOLLOWING A SHINGLES ATTACK
Treatment typically starts with a single 300-mg dose on the first day, two 300-mg doses on the second day, and three 300-mg doses on the third day. If necessary, the doctor may increase the daily total to as much as 1,800 mg, divided into three doses., Whether you are taking Neurontin for epilepsy or pain, the doctor will lower the dose if you have poor kidney function. Also, if Neurontin is discontinued or another drug is added to therapy, your doctor will do this gradually, over a 1-week period.
Neurontin has few side effects which include:
- Eye twitching;
- Unsteady gait;
Neurontin side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Weight Increase (In Children);
- Viral Infection (In Children);
- Swelling In Arms And Legs;
- Runny Nose;
- Lack Of Muscular Coordination;
- Involuntary Eye Movement;
- Fever (In Children);
- Dry Mouth;
- Dimmed Or Double Vision;
- Bronchitis (In Children);
- Accidental Injury;