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Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant drug primarily used to treat epilepsy. It is being used off-label for ME/CFS and fibromyalgia patients mostly to augment pain relief.[1][2][3] Common brand names are Neurontin, Horizant, and Gralise.[4] A newer, slightly different, version of gabapentin has been developed, named pregabalin.

Side Effects[edit | edit source]

Many side effects have been reported. This list is compiled by the Mayo Clinic.[5]

More commonly ones reported are:

  • clumsiness
  • unsteadiness, and continuous, uncontrolled, back-and-forth, or rolling eye movements

More commonly one reported in children are:

  • aggressive behavior or other behavior problems
  • anxiety
  • concentration problems and change in school performance
  • crying
  • depression
  • false sense of well-being
  • hyperactivity or increase in body movements
  • rapidly changing moods
  • reacting too quickly, too emotional, or overreacting
  • restlessness
  • suspiciousness or distrust

Less commonly ones reported are:

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

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