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Gabapentin is often prescribed to relieve pain following a shingles infection and to treat partial seizures in people with epilepsy. The drug comes in tablet, capsule, and liquid form, and is typically taken one to three times a day. It is not entirely clear how gabapentin works, but it is believed to affect calcium channels in the brain. Possible side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and coordination problems.
What Is Gabapentin?Gabapentin (Neurontin®) is a prescription medication used to treat the following conditions:
- Epilepsy -- Gabapentin is approved to be used along with other seizure medications to treat partial seizures in adults and children as young as three years old.
- Shingles nerve pain -- This medication is also approved to treat the chronic nerve pain that often occurs after an outbreak of shingles (known medically as postherpetic neuralgia).