Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an effective drug in the treatment of Neuropathic Pain. It is also effective as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial seizures with and without secondary generalization in patients over 12 years of age. In addition to the benefits the drug may have some side effects. The most common side effects of Neurontin are dizziness, somnolence, ataxia, headache, nystagmus, tremor, fatigue, diplopia, nausea and/or vomiting and rhinitis.
System Wise Side Eeffects
Dizziness, somnolence, ataxia, nystagmus, dysarthria, amnesia, confusion, insomnia, twitching, paresthesia and vertigo.
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea and increased appetite.
Rhinitis, pharyngitis, cough and respiratory tract infections
Skin and Appendages
Diplopia, amblyopia, conjunctivitis and otitis media.
Neurontin Side Effects on Body as a whole
Asthenia, infection, headache, accidental Injury and abdominal pain. There is no clinically important difference between men and women in the types and incidence of adverse events.
There are reports of 8 sudden and unexplained deaths in a cohort of 2203 patients treated with Neurontin. However the incidence of 0.0038 deaths per patient per year with Neurontin is not much different from 0.0005 to 0 003 in similar population of patients with epilepsy.
Additional post-marketing adverse events reported were pancreatitis, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and elevated liver enzymes.