Neurontin is, primarily, an anticonvulsant drug used, most often, in the treatment of epileptic seizures, although it has been shown to relieve spasticity and painful muscle spasm in Multiple Sclerosis.

Gabapentin: GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that carries messages between brain nerve cells.

Neurontin is a brand name of GabapentinBecause Neurontin is so effective in inhibiting excess neuronal activity, it has proven efficacious in treating conditions like anxiety, depression, migraine,  neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis.

Neurontin or gabapentin is a drug used principally in treating epilepsy. It can also be effective in treating peripheral neuropathic pain.

Brain Scan

Side Effects

There are very few reported side-effects, these are:

  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with Coordination

I can’t help but wonder if this may help with the stomach pains I get, which I think are a type of muscle spasm. Or that it might alleviate the myoclonic jerkes that prevent me sleeping at night. I must ask the MS nurse.

Gabapentin is the generic drug and is marketed under the brand names: Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin, Gabarone and is available on a prescription only basis.

Update Post Status

This post was originally written in June of 2015. At that time, I had never used Gabapentin or Neurontin.

I have long suffered form what I call myoclonic jerks and have found that the anti-depressant drug Temazepam relieves this enough to allow me to sleep.

As of this update, June 2017, I still have trouble with myoclonic jerks causing me a great difficulty in getting a good night of sleep.

I do not intend providing too much information in this update. I will soon publish a new post on Gabapentin. As this is newly prescribed, I will need some time to evaluate the efficacy.

I have another appointment with my GP in a few weeks. By this time I should have some idea of how well this drug does or does not work.


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