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Helpful Tips for Taking Gabapentin

Gabapentin was also studied as a treatment for partial seizures in people with epilepsy. These studies included people who were already taking other seizure medications and whose seizures were not adequately controlled. In one study, up to 23 percent of people who added gabapentin to their seizure medications experienced seizures half as frequently as before, compared to just 9 percent of a similar group of people who did not take the drug.

When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take gabapentin include the following:
  • The medication comes in capsule and tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually one to three times daily.
  • For people with difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules, a liquid form (called gabapentin solution) is also available.
  • The medication can be taken with or without food. If gabapentin upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Gabapentin should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Gabapentin will not work if you stop taking it.
  • Do not stop taking gabapentin without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Neurontin Withdrawal).

Dosing Information

The dose of gabapentin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age and weight
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Gabapentin Dosing for more information.)
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