Before using Horizant, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Like any other medicine, Gabapentin Enacarbil has potential side effects. So, the benefits of a drug should always be weighed against its associated risks.
Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them.
Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:
If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.
Age specific problems
The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group is not yet available because appropriate studies have not been carried out.
The studies specific to the geriatric age group reveal no significant adverse effect specific to the old age group that would limit its use in elder people.
Regarding the safety of usage of this drug during pregnancy, it comes under “C” category which means that the clinical studies reveal harmful effect to the developing fetus or the relevant trials have not taken place.
Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand, certain drugs are allowed to be used together. So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.
The use of this drug with orlistat is not contraindicated.
Gabapentin enacarbil should be used cautiously along with following drugs:
Aluminum Carbonate, Basic
Dihydroxyaluminum Sodium Carbonate
Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.
You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from., especially:
To use Horizant properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
Gabapentin enacarbil also comes in an extended release form. You should swallow the extended release tablet as a whole. Avoid chewing, crushing and breaking the tablet. Try taking the dose with food.
If you are a patient with restless legs syndrome, avoid using this drug if you’re required to sleep during the day and remain awake at night.
To avoid adverse effects, this drug should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.
Do not miss any dose. The dose of this drug varies according to the condition of each person. The number of doses per day, the time interval between the doses and the length of time you have to take the medicine depends on your condition individually and all these factors should only be determined by your healthcare provider. Follow each and every instruction of your doctor and also read the label carefully.
In case you miss one dose of this drug, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your subsequent dose, you can then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light and moisture. Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.
4 Precautions To Take
Before using Horizant, there are some precautions you must take.
Gabapentin may cause allergic reactions, vision changes, clumsiness, drowsiness, and behavior changes. Make sure to inform your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
Gabapentin should not be taken with alcohol. It adds to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants.
Also inform your doctor right away if you experience a rash, fever, swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, axilla or groin, unusual bleeding or bruising, or yellowing eyes or skin. These may be symptoms of a serious and life-threatening allergic reaction.
Regular follow-up is necessary during and after the treatment. It is important to allow your doctor to monitor your progress and to make sure that there aren’t any side effects from the medication.
Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment. The doctor may order some blood tests in order to determine the blood levels of the drug.
Avoid taking any other medicine unless thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Always ask your doctor before using any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine.
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Horizant. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.
This medication is associated with the following side effects:
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