Drug Class: Anticonvulsants Brand Names: Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin
1,200 to 3,000 mg daily in two or three doses.
Potential Side Effects
Dizziness; dry mouth; fatigue; high blood pressure; sleepiness; swelling of hands or feet.
Do not take an antacid for at least 2 hours after taking this drug.
Do not drive or perform other potentially dangerous activities until you know whether the medication will impair your ability to do them safely.
Talk to your doctor before stopping the drug. Your dose may need to be slowly reduced.
Combining any of these drugs with alcohol or other depressants (including antihistamines, narcotics and some dental anesthetics) can make side effects more severe. Also, many of the medicines used to treat fibromyalgia work by boosting the amount of serotonin in your body. Taking two or more of these drugs together could lead to a potentially life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome. Symptoms usually begin within hours of combining the drugs and include confusion, agitation, irregular heartbeat, unstable blood pressure, tremors, muscle rigidity, nausea and vomiting. If you have these symptoms, stop taking your medication and seek immediate medical help.
Stop taking this medicine and seek immediate medical help if you have swelling of the head, neck or throat. Do not take this drug with alcohol. This drug might raise the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
LAST UPDATED: 03/27/2014