Gabapentin belongs to the family of antidepressants, which include tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tetracyclic antidepressants and tricylic ionaminophen. It is a member of the benzodiazepine drug family and hence is known by the name of ‘Gabapentin’ but it has other names too such as ‘Clonidine’ and ‘Prozac’. It is used for the relief from seizure disorders and is prescribed in much lesser amounts than the other benzodiazepines. Its effect on the central nervous system is similar to that of a tranquilizer and it is used to reduce convulsions, muscular spasms, loss of muscle tone, speech difficulties and cognitive impairment. The Gabapentin drug also has some neuroprotective properties and is therefore used in the treatment dementia and catatonia.
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Take Gabapentin using guidelines
In spite of its medical description, gabapentin does not in any way resemble a drug that will get high. It is a very mild and gentle drug which is taken by mixing it in juice or drinking it in its capsule form. It can be easily purchased over the counter and the dosage can be increased when required. Generally, it is recommended that gabapentin be used under the guidance of a doctor and a prescription be obtained before use. Gabapentin should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women and it should never be consumed with alcoholic beverages.
Consult a doctor
As with all drugs, a doctor should always be consulted before starting a course of medication and if you are using Gabapentin, a doctor should also be consulted. The doctor should examine you carefully to see whether you are a suitable candidate for taking gabapentin and if there are any other conditions such as kidney or liver disease, that could put your health at risk. Your blood should be checked to ensure that your drug dosage is correct and you should always notify your doctor if you experience an allergic reaction to gabapentin. You should never take gabapentin with alcoholic beverages and if you are pregnant you should not take gabapentin.
Most people who take gabapentin will not experience adverse effects and if there is a risk of having a reaction, it will usually be mild and quickly resolve. However, some people do suffer from a condition known as partial seizure. This condition occurs when the brain’s electrical activity changes abruptly for no obvious reason. Some people may also suffer a change in their vision. Partial seizures can sometimes be life-threatening and if this occurs you should contact your doctor immediately and increase the dosage of your drug. Gabapentin can sometimes be taken along with medication for partial seizures and doctors will often combine different forms of therapy to best treat the patient.
Patients taking gabapentin for pain relief who suffer from excitability and have been on other drugs for several months should first wait until they have reached the age of twelve years before they start Gabapentin. Patients should stay on a full year of medication in order to avoid the risk of side effects which can occur with other antidepressants. It is believed that the Gabapentin prevents the brain from exciting pain cells. This is why it works so well for people suffering from peripheral neuropathic pain. If you feel that you have been exposed to this type of advice or have experienced any negative side effects, please contact your doctor immediately.
Permanent Damage to brain
If you are taking gabapentin to stop seizures, you should not take this drug if you suffer from convulsions or uncontrolled seizures. People who are taking gabapentin and develop a seizure should stop their use immediately and contact their doctor. It is believed that Gabapentin causes a type of “pins and needles” rash. This rash is seen on the face, neck, chest, arms and thighs and is caused when the medication wears off. This is one reason why many people choose to switch to gabapentin as a form of alternative medicine.
If you have recently had a brain injury and are still having seizures, you should inform your doctor of this. If you continue to use Gabapentin after having an injury, you may have lasting neurological effects. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a professional neurosurgeon if you suspect that you have suffered a head trauma, as using gabapentin could result in permanent damage to the brain if you continue to use the drug without supervision by a professional.
Your doctor should recommend a dosage of gabapentin, which is suitable for you. There are two different routes which the drug can be taken; orally or sublingually. If you are planning on taking gabapentin, it is important that you discuss with your doctor the best route for you to take. Both routes have different side effects, so it is important that you are completely aware of what you are exposing yourself to. As always, consult a professional before proceeding.