Common, Major and Minor side effects of Gabapentin

Well, talking about the side effects of Gabapentin, in this article we are going to discuss about the common, major and minor side effects.

Let us start with the common side effects first

Common side effects

  • drowsiness
  • sedation
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • nystagmus
  • ataxia
  • viral infection
  • tremor
  • blurred vision
  • xersotomia
  • irritability
  • peripheral edema
  • diplopia
  • amblyopia

Some Major side effects that need immediate medical attention are

More Common

  • unsteadiness or clumsiness
  • uncontrolled, rolling, continous eye movements

More common effects in children

  • crying
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • behavioural problems like aggressiveness etc
  • constant change in moods
  • increase or hyperactivity in body movements
  • restlessness
  • distrust or suspiciousness
  • overacting, reacting too emotional or too quickly
  • concentration problems or in change in performance at school

Less Common

  • chills
  • cough
  • chest pain
  • memory loss
  • fever
  • irritability, depression or other changes in moods
  • swelling or pain in legs or arms
  • unusual weakness or tiredness
  • difficult or painful urination
  • swollen glands
  • breathlessness
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • sore throat
  • tarry, black stools
  • ulcers, sores or white spots in the mouth or lips

Occurrence not known

  • coma
  • dark urine
  • confusion
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • increased thirst
  • convulsions
  • joint pain
  • dizziness
  • appetite loss
  • muscle pain or ache
  • nausea
  • irritated or red eyes
  • yellow skin or eyes
  • irregular or fast heartbeat
  • decreased volume of urine
  • hive like or large swelling on eyelids, throat, tongue, feet, sex organs, hands, lips or face

Minor Side effects

Some minor side effects of Gabapentin do not need medical attention. As the body adjusts to the medication the side effects vanish with time.  Your doctor can advise you on how to reduce or prevent such side effects. If the minor side effects turn bothersome or continue to last for a longer period, consult your doctor immediately

More common

  • dementia
  • delusions
  • blurred vision
  • flu or cold like symptoms
  • shaking or trembling
  • hoarseness
  • side or lower back pain
  • swelling of feet, lower legs and hands
  • loss or lack or strength

Less Common side effects

  • body pain or aches
  • full or bloated feeling
  • vision problems
  • congestion
  • constipation
  • earache
  • excessive tearing
  • eye discharge
  • impaired vision
  • increased hunger
  • in coordination
  • frequent urination
  • indigestion
  • ringing ears
  • increased sensitivity to touch and pain
  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • chest tightness
  • trouble sleeping
  • passing gas
  • trouble thinking
  • twitching
  • weight gain
  • vomiting
  • loss of strength or weakness
  • unexpected weight loss
  • tingling in feet and hands
  • dry or flushed skin
  • excess gas or air in intestines or stomach
  • decreased sexual ability of desire
  • Itching, burning or dry eyes.

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