When treating nerve pain caused by shingles, your dose of Gralise will mainly depend on your kidney function. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication, as you need to gradually lower your dosage over at least a week. Gralise comes in tablet form and is taken once daily with the evening meal.
An Introduction to Dosing With GraliseThe dose of Gralise™ (extended-release gabapentin) your healthcare provider recommends may vary, depending mostly on how well your kidneys are functioning. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Gralise Dosage for Postherpetic NeuralgiaThe standard dosing regimen for treating pain after a case of shingles (known as postherpetic neuralgia) is as follows:
- Day 1: Gralise 300 mg once daily
- Day 2: Gralise 600 mg once daily
- Days 3 to 6: Gralise 900 mg once daily
- Days 7 to 10: Gralise 1200 mg once daily
- Days 11 to 14: Gralise 1500 mg once daily
- Day 15 and beyond: Gralise 1800 mg once daily.
If you have kidney disease, you may need a lower Gralise dosage regimen.
Gralise comes in 300-mg and 600-mg tablets. It should be taken with the evening meal. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. If you are going to stop taking Gralise or switch to another medication, your healthcare provider will advise you about how to gradually reduce the dosage over a period of at least one week.
It is important to understand that Gralise is not equivalent to other gabapentin products, including Neurontin®. These products cannot be used interchangeably, and people who switch from one product to another may need to have their dosage adjusted.