What Does Gabapentin 100 mg Do?

Reviewed on 7/26/2022

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Gabapentin is most commonly used to treat seizure disorders and postherpetic neuralgia.

Gabapentin (Gralise, Gralise 30-Day Starter Pack, and Neuraptine) is an anti-seizure (anticonvulsant) medication used to treat:

Off-label uses (uses that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA) for gabapentin include:

Gabapentin Dosage

Gabapentin capsules are usually taken orally three times a day (morning, afternoon, and evening) with plenty of water, with or without food.

  • Gabapentin is available in 100 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg capsules, and in 600 mg and 800 mg tablets. The dose of gabapentin to treat epilepsy with partial onset seizures in patients 12 years of age and older is up to 600 mg three times daily. The dose of gabapentin may then be increased gradually if needed to a maximum of 3600 mg each day.
  • The dose of gabapentin to treat epilepsy with partial onset seizures in patients 3 to 11 years of age is based on the patient’s body weight. The usual pediatric dose to control epilepsy is
  • 25-35mg per kg per day.
  • The dose of gabapentin to treat postherpetic neuralgia is 300 to 900 mg/day. The dose of gabapentin may then be increased gradually if needed to a maximum of 3600 mg each day.

What Are Side Effects of Gabapentin?

Side effects of gabapentin include: 

Serious side effects of gabapentin include:

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including gabapentin, have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Tell your doctor if this occurs.

What Are Drug Interactions of Gabapentin?

Drug interactions of gabapentin include: 

Can Gabapentin Be Used During Pregnancy or While Breastfeeding?

The safety of gabapentin during pregnancy is unknown. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking gabapentin.

Gabapentin passes into breast milk. Breastfeeding while using gabapentin is not recommended.

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https://www.goodrx.com/gabapentin/gabapentin-for-anxiety

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/020235s064_020882s047_021129s046lbl.pdf

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.4635.pdf