Gabapentin for Epilepsy
Gabapentin comes in capsules and pills.
How It Works
It is not known exactly how gabapentin prevents seizures.
Why It Is Used
Gabapentin may be used alone or combined with other antiepileptic medicines to control partial seizures in adults and in children ages 3 and older.
How Well It Works
People taking gabapentin in addition to other antiepileptic medicines may have fewer seizures.1
Gabapentin is a well-tolerated drug that usually causes only mild side effects. These often go away in 1 to 2 weeks and include:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for warning signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
It may take time and careful, controlled adjustments by you and your doctor to find the combination, schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your epilepsy. The goal is to prevent seizures while causing as few side effects as possible. After you and your doctor figure out the medicine program that works best for you, make sure to follow your program exactly as prescribed.
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