Gabapentin is used primarily in the medical world. It is often prescribed to patients who have epileptic tendencies, seizures, nerve pains (neuropathic pains), and to some extent to patients who are suffering from restless legs syndrome (RLS).

If you are prescribed with the medicine, make sure to inform your doctor about your health status. Gabapentin may not be compatible with other forms of medications. Pregnant women should not take Gabapentin since it can largely affect the whole composite of the fetus.

The primary target of the medicine is the nerves and tissues responsible for the seizures and epileptic signs. Hence, it is called as an anticonvulsant. Gabapentin can significantly affect your reactions and cognitive ability. Therefore, it is not appropriate to take a dosage of it when you are about to drive or do work which requires mental alertness.

How Should You Take Gabapentin?

You should seek the assistance of medical professionals before you take Gabapentin. Doctors often prescribed this medicine in an increasing dosage. For example, in three consecutive days, 300 mg should be taken on the first day. Then, an additional 300 mg is taken on the second day, making a total of 600 mg.

Another dose of 300 mg on the third day sums up the total dose to 900 mg. On the first day, you have to take Gabapentin once; the second day, twice; and, the third day, thrice. Studies have shown that the time of intake may also affect the effectiveness of Gabapentin. The Horizant brand can offer best results when taken at 5:00 in the evening.

Always take the doses with food to avoid unnecessary complications. Guidance will be provided to you by your attending physician. (1)

Signs Of Gabapentin Overdose

An overdose of Gabapentin may happen if you take too much of the required dosage. If you skipped a dose, do not take an extra dosage to cover up the missed dose. If you notice any of these signs, call or go to the nearest medical center the soonest possible.

We have listed some overdose signs below which will signal you to seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible. (2)

  • Lethargy: It is a state wherein you feel weak, or as if you have no energy to do things around
  • Diarrhea: Probability of occurrence may increase if one takes the drug with an empty stomach
  • Ataxia: Some users report that Gabapentin overdose can also be characterized by partial or full loss of bodily control
  • Increase risk of suicide: In 2009, the Federal Drug Authority had issued a warning on the use of Gabapentin.

Indeed, Gabapentin is a helpful tool for epileptic patients and other related diseases. However, one must be responsible for his actions. In case you are not sure about the dosage to take, the brand, and other relevant factors, it is best to avoid the drug until further instructions from your doctor.

If other allergies and other symptoms arise, other than the overdose symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Always consult your physician if you have doubts about a particular medicine.

References

Backonja, M. G. (2003). Gabapentin dosing for neuropathic pain: evidence from randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials.

Klein-Schwartz, W. S. (2003). Characterization of gabapentin overdose using a poison center case series.