Why do I need this medicine?
Gabapentin is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (also known as seizures or fits).
It is also used to relieve nerve pain in people with diabetes or shingles.
Gabapentin may also be used to relieve hot flushes in women with breast cancer and in women who have passed menopause.
Gabapentin may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Gabapentin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Gabapentin with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day. If you are taking Gabapentin for the very first time, take the first dose just before going to bed to reduce the side effects of drowsiness and dizziness. Thereafter, take it at intervals as directed by your doctor.
Gabapentin is available in different strengths. Make sure you know which strength you are usually given.
Gabapentin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking Gabapentin unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly may worsen your condition. Your doctor will gradually reduce the dose before stopping it or changing it to another medicine.