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What Is Neurontin & How Does It Treat Epilepsy?

Learn about the epilepsy medication Neurontin from Steve Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP in this Howcast video.

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Patty McGoldrick: Neurontin is also known as gabapentin and it's another medication that can be used for control of seizures and epilepsy. It's well tolerated, it's used for generalized, impartial seizures. It's available both in pills that can be crushed or it's available in an oral formulation, so a liquid for small children.

Dr. Steve Wolf: The major side effects is sedation.

Patty: Right.

Dr. Wolf: Sleepiness. It can cause a little bit of an increased appetite and weight gain, so you need to monitor that very closely. Though it's also useful for patients who are having trouble sleeping at night. It already helps to sort of increase the sleep control.

Patty: And actually we use it a lot for people who are having difficulties sleeping. It's also used for pain, for neuropathic pain.

Dr. Wolf: So it's a good medication Another option in our armory of people with difficult to control seizures but not one of your first line kind of drugs.

Patty: So Neurontin or gabapentin, third or fourth line drug for control of generalized, impartial seizures. A big side effect is drowsiness. It's also used for pain and it's well tolerated for the most part.

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