Drug Interactions With Extended-Release Gabapentin
If you take extended-release gabapentin with alcohol, aluminum-containing antacids, morphine, or certain other medications, it can change the way your body metabolizes these products. As a result, the effectiveness of the medications may be decreased or your risk for side effects may be increased. To minimize negative interactions with extended-release gabapentin, tell your healthcare provider about any other drugs, vitamins, or supplements you are taking.
An Overview of Extended-Release Gabapentin InteractionsExtended-release gabapentin (Gralise™) may react with many other medications. Some of the drugs that may lead to extended-release gabapentin interactions include but are not limited to:
- Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium (such as Phillips'® Milk of Magnesia, Maalox®, or Gaviscon®)
- Hydrocodone (such as Lortab®, Norco®, Vicodin®)
- Morphine (Avinza®, MS Contin®, MSIR®, Oramorph SR®, Roxanol®)
- Naproxen (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®, Naprosyn®).
Drug Interactions With Extended-Release Gabapentin ExplainedThe following sections explain in detail the potentially negative reactions that can occur when extended-release gabapentin is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Alcohol can increase your risk for certain extended-release gabapentin side effects, such as drowsiness or dizziness. Talk to your healthcare provider about drinking alcohol while taking extended-release gabapentin.
Aluminum or Magnesium Antacids
Antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium can decrease the absorption of extended-release gabapentin into your bloodstream, perhaps making it less effective. In order to avoid this interaction, do not take these medications within two hours of each other.