Gabapentin is generally used in treatment of neuropathic pain and seizures Amitriptyline is generally used in treatment for preventive treatment of depression, migraine and neuropathic pain It is generally used in treatment of patients intolerant of or unresponsive to alternative treatment options for depression.
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How to use
Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Gabapentin, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Gabapentin is advised to be taken at a fixed time, but may be taken together with food (or) without food. Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Amitriptyline, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Amitriptyline is advised to be taken at a fixed time, but may be taken together with food (or) without food.
How it works
Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug. It modulates calcium channel activity of the nerve cells in the brain and decreases pain & seizures. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that improves the condition by increasing the amount of chemical messengers in the brain that are essential for regulating the mood, thereby treating depression. It blocks the passing of pain signals to the brain from c pain (pain from damaged nerves).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Gabapentin used as a muscle relaxant or, blood thinner? No. Gabapentin is a prescription medication and has no role in muscle relaxation or, blood thinning
Q. Is Gabapentin an opiate, benzo or NSAID? Gabapentin is an analog of GABA (gamma- amino butyric acid), that is effective against fits and pain due to nerve damage or nerve irritation. It is not an opiate or benzodiazepine or NSAID
Q. Is Gabapentin (dose 600 mg) a narcotic? No. Gabapentin at any dose is not a narcotic agent. Follow the advice of your doctor regarding the best dose suited for your condition
Q. Is Gabapentin used for anxiety? Anxiety is one of the side effects of this drug. Always consult your doctor if you experience such side effects
Q. What is gabapin-NT? Gabapin-NT tablet is a brand name that contains Gabapentin (400 mg) plus nortriptyline hydrochloride (10 mg). This combination is used for the treatment of pain due to nerve damage or nerve irritation. Follow the advice of your doctor as to Gabapentin or Gabapin-NT is to be used, as appropriate for your condition
Q. Is Gabapentin and pregabalin the same? Gabapentin and pregabalin are structurally similar but they acts though different mechanism. Both can be used for the treatment of fits and pain due to nerve damage or nerve irritation. However, follow the advice of your doctor regarding the choice of the drug appropriate for your condition
Q. Is Gabapentin safe? Gabapentin is safe to use, provided you follow the doctor's advice on using the medication.
Q. Is Amitriptyline safe? Amitriptyline is safe to use if so it is used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as per the advice of the doctor.
Q. Is Amitriptyline a steroid? No, Amitriptyline is not a steroid. It belongs to class of medication called as tricyclic antidepressant.
Q. Can I take Amitriptyline with Betahistine? Amitriptyline has not been clinically studied when used along with Betahistine. So there are no reports of any drug-drug interactions or harmful effects when these are used together.
You have been prescribed Gabapentin for treating and preventing nerve pain caused by diabetes and shingles.It may also be used for the treatment and prevention of seizures.Its side effects are usually mild and go away by themselves.Â It may cause sleepiness. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Gabapentin, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.
You have been prescribed Amitriptyline for treatment of migraine/ neuropathic pain.Take it at bedtime to avoid feeling sleepy during the day.It may take 4 to 6 weeks for Amitriptyline to start working.Monitor your weight during the treatment as Amitriptyline can cause weight gain and increased appetite.It may change your urine color to blue-green.It may cause sudden drop in your blood pressure. Rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Amitriptyline affects you.Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Amitriptyline as it may cause excessive drowsiness.
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