Active substances: Gabapentin
Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes gabapentin oral capsule for you.
Do not start or stop taking gabapentin for seizures without your doctor's advice, even if you feel fine.
Too much of the drug in your body can be dangerous.
Dosage for partial-onset seizures Adult dosage ages 18—64 years Typical starting dosage: 900 mg per day 300 mg, three times per day, spaced evenly throughout the day. Child dosage ages 12—17 years Typical starting dosage: 300 mg, three times per day, spaced evenly throughout the day.
This can increase to 2,400—3,600 mg per day. Child dosage ages 0—2 years Dosage for people younger than 3 years has not been established.
Special considerations Kidney problems: If you are older than 12 years and have kidney problems or are on hemodialysis, your dose of gabapentin will need to be changed.
This will be based on how well your kidneys are working.
Gabapentin oral capsule comes with several warnings. Call your doctor if you start having more seizures or a different kind of seizure while taking this drug.
Drowsiness warning Gabapentin can slow your thinking and motor skills and cause drowsiness and dizziness.
You should not drive or use heavy machinery while taking this drug until you know how it affects you.
Depression warning Using this drug increases your risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Talk to your doctor if you feel depressed or notice any changes in your mood or behavior.
Also talk to your doctor if you are having thoughts of harming yourself, including suicide. This syndrome can be life-threatening.