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Extended-Release Gabapentin

What If I Overdose on This Medication?

People who take too much extended-release gabapentin may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Coordination problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Drowsiness
  • Double vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea.
 
If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Gralise Overdose for more information.)
 

What Should I Do If I Forget a Dose?

If you forget to take a dose of extended-release gabapentin, take it as soon as you remember, with food. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
 

How Does Extended-Release Gabapentin Work?

It is not known exactly how this medication works to treat nerve pain. Preliminary research suggests that extended-release gabapentin binds to certain parts of calcium channels in the central nervous system, which may be how the medicine works to relieve nerve pain.
 

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with extended-release gabapentin include the following:
 
  • Extended-release gabapentin comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day with the evening meal. It is important to take this drug with food.
  • You must swallow the tablets whole; do not chew, crush, or dissolve them, as this causes the medication to be released too quickly.
  • For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
 
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