- Are Neurontin and Pamelor the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Neurontin?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Pamelor?
- What is Neurontin?
- What is Pamelor?
- What Drugs Interact with Neurontin?
- What Drugs Interact with Pamelor?
- How Should Neurontin Be Taken?
- How Should Pamelor Be Taken?
Are Neurontin and Pamelor the Same Thing?
The drugs are different types of medications that generally have different uses. Neurontin is an anti-epileptic medication used to treat seizures. It is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children who are at least 12 years old. Neurontin is also used to treat nerve pain caused by shingles (herpes zoster).
What Are Possible Side Effects of Neurontin?
Common side effects of Neurontin include:
- memory loss,
- lack of coordination,
- difficulty speaking,
- viral infections,
- double vision,
- unusual eye movements, and
- jerky movements.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Pamelor?
Common side effects of Pamelor include:
- fast heart rate,
- blurred vision,
- urinary retention,
- dry mouth,
- weight gain or loss,
- dizziness upon standing (orthostatic hypotension),
- tingly feeling,
- lack of coordination,
- unpleasant taste,
- ringing in your ears,
- breast swelling (in men or women),
- decreased sex drive,
- impotence, or
- difficulty having an orgasm.
What is Neurontin?
Neurontin is a prescription medicine used to treat:
- Pain from damaged nerves (postherpetic pain) that follows healing of shingles (a painful rash that comes after a herpes zoster infection) in adults.
- Partial seizures when taken together with other medicines in adults and children 3 years of age and older with seizures.
What is Pamelor?
Pamelor (nortriptyline HCl) is an antidepressant that is used to treat mental/mood problems such as depression.
What Drugs Interact With Neurontin?
Do Not take Neurontin if you are allergic to gabapentin or any of the other ingredients in Neurontin. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Neurontin.
Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Neurontin without first talking with your healthcare provider. Taking Neurontin with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness may make your sleepiness or dizziness worse. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Neurontin affects you. Neurontin can slow your thinking and motor skills.
Taking Neurontin with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.
What Drugs Interact With Pamelor?
Pamelor may interact with narcotic pain medicines.
Pamelor may also interact with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety, depression, or seizures), bupropion, cimetidine, reserpine, St. John's wort, terbinafine, other antidepressant or medication to treat mental illness, bladder or urinary medicines, bronchodilators, cold or allergy medicines that contain an antihistamine, medications for Parkinson's disease; medications to treat excess stomach acid, stomach ulcer, motion sickness, or irritable bowel syndrome; decongestants, diet pills, stimulants, or heart rhythm medications.
Do not stop using Pamelor suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
How Should Neurontin Be Taken?
Take Neurontin exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Neurontin to take.
Do not change your dose of Neurontin without talking to your healthcare provider.
If you take Neurontin tablets and break a tablet in half, the unused half of the tablet should be taken at your next scheduled dose. Half tablets not used within 28 days of breaking should be thrown away. Take Neurontin capsules with water.
Neurontin tablets can be taken with or without food. If you take an antacid containing aluminum and magnesium, such as Maalox®, Mylanta®, Gelusil®, Gaviscon®, or Di-Gel®, you should wait at least 2 hours before taking your next dose of Neurontin.
If you take too much Neurontin, call your healthcare provider or your local Poison Control Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.
How Should Pamelor Be Taken?
Pamelor is administered orally in the form of capsules or liquid. Lower than usual dosages are recommended for elderly patients and adolescents.
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