Generic name: Gabapentin
Brand names: Horizant, Gralise and Neurontin.
Gralise is a prescription drug for adults used to treat neuropathic pain (pain due to damaged nerves) and seizures caused by shingles (painful rashes after herpes zoster infection), mostly called postherpetic neuralgia. The drug Gabapentin is associated with the class of drugs known as anti-seizures. This medication is not prescribed to children.
Gralise (Gabapentin) Uses
This medication is used to treat neuropathic pain due to shingles. This medication may also used to treat other neuropathic pain or nerve pain and restless leg syndrome. The medication is directly taken through mouth mostly once in a day with meal, to get more benefits increase the dosage with a doctor’s consultancy or take it as prescribed by the pharmacist or doctor. The dosage depends on the condition, do not stop to take this medication without a doctor’s guidance some of the condition may get ill when abruptly stopped and can cause some serious complications.
Gralise (Gabapentin) Side effects
Apart from benefits this medication can cause some side effects that may be dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hostility and edema. Allergic reactions from this medication are rare. Some of the people taking anti-seizure medication may have suicidal thoughts or attempts, severe depression, mood swings or mental problems. If you have some serious side effects like swelled ankles, feet and hands, yellow coloration of skin and eyes, swelled glands, dark colored urination, chest pain and changes in amount of urine tell your doctor or health provider immediately before getting them more severe. This is not a complete account of side effects that can occur from this medication ask or discuss your doctor or pharmacist about the list of side effects.
Gralise (Gabapentin) Precautions
The Gabapentin products are not interchangeable with other product. These medications are not recommended to the mother who feeds their child as it can mix up with breast milk. During pregnancy it only used when needed mostly it is not recommended to pregnant women. Avoid machinery work or any other dangerous work and driving as this medication results dizziness. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any allergic reactions as this medication contains inactive ingredients that can cause allergies. Don’t forget to tell your doctor or pharmacist about your ongoing or previous medical history like kidney disease, mental problems and alcohol or drug abuse.
Gralise (Gabapentin) Interactions
Gabapentin in blood can be affected by antacids as they reduce the concentration of gabapentin, so gabapentin should be taken after 2 hours of taking antacids or more. The blood concentrations of gabapentin are increased by Morphine and may also increase opposing events related to central nervous system linked with gabapentin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking medication that can originate drowsiness like antihestamines (diaphenhydramine and cetirizine) , alcohol, muscles relaxants, sleep or anxiety medications (alprazolam, zolpidem and diazepam) and narcotic pain relievers (codeine and morphine).