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Po-Chang Hsu, M.D.
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March 23, 2021
Yes, you can! You still need a prescription to buy Gabapentin online, though. Fortunately, you can get a Gabapentin prescription online from a licensed and qualified doctor.
EverydayDr is partnered with PlushCare, a top telehealth company providing same-day access to board-certified doctors. PlushCare’s doctors can prescribe gabapentin online if you live in a state where it is not classified as a controlled substance.
Gabapentin, known sometimes by the generic name Neurontin, is primarily used to diffuse the symptoms of epilepsy. When used as an analgesic or painkiller, Gabapentin acts through a different mechanism than commonly prescribed pain medicines such as morphine and oxycontin. Due to this, Gabapentin is thought to be less addictive than opiates – but addiction and abuse may still occur.
PubChem, an NCBI branch, defines “Gabapentin [as] a synthetic analog of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid with anticonvulsant activity. Although its exact mechanism of action is unknown, Gabapentin appears to inhibit excitatory neuron activity. This agent also exhibits analgesic properties. (NCI04)”
Contact your doctor if you experience anything unusual while taking any medication.
You should not take Gabapentin if you are allergic or sensitive to any of its ingredients. It is not recommended to drink alcohol while taking Gabapentin as it may cause more drowsiness than usual. Doctors often recommend abstaining from alcohol completely during the first few days of treatment while figuring out how the drug affects you.
This medication has been associated with seizure development in people without epilepsy. Typically those individuals were taking other medication such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, or narcotics.
In the unlikely event that a seizure occurs in an individual who has not experienced a seizure before, a doctor needs to evaluate the individual for an underlying seizure disorder. Contact your doctor immediately (before your next dose) as they likely will need to modify your treatment plan.
Suddenly stopping any antiepileptic drug, including Gabapentin, can increase the chance of seizures, so don’t stop taking it if you are waiting for your doctor to become available.
Gabapentin may make you feel dizzy or tired or interfere with your concentration. Exhibit extreme caution when driving or performing other tasks requiring careful attention.
Alcohol and other depressants are not recommended because it increases dizzy and tired effects.
Contact your doctor if you experience worsening symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, trouble sleeping, reckless behavior, or any other bothersome or persistent side effects.
Adult and child (age 13 and over): 300 – 600 milligrams 3 times a day. Dosage may need to be reduced in individuals with kidney disease.
Child (age 3 – 12) 4.5-7 milligrams per lb. of body weight a day in 3 divided doses to start, increasing gradually for about 3 days to a maximum dosage of 22 milligrams per lb. a day in divided doses.
Child (under the age of 3): not recommended
Seniors may need to take a lower dosage due to decreased kidney function. Make your doctor aware of potential kidney disorders during your evaluation so they can account for that when determining the correct dosage for you.
Take Gabapentin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use prescription doses from someone you know who is taking it.
You can take Gabapentin with or without food. If you experience nausea or stomach discomfort after taking Gabapentin, try eating a small meal before taking your next dose.
Avoid taking Gabapentin along with an antacid, such as Pepto-Bismol or Maalox, as the antacid will interfere with absorption. You can still take antacids, but separate the dose from Gabapentin by at least two hours.
If you forget a dose of Gabapentin, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take the dose you forgot and space the remaining doses evenly throughout the day. Do not take a double dose.
If you are unsure how to take medicine, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist. They have received extensive training on answering questions such as a forgotten dose.
Yes, you need a prescription for Gabapentin. Gabapentin is classified as a controlled substance in:
This means you will need to see a doctor in person for a Gabapentin prescription in those states.
If you live elsewhere you will be able to get Gabapentin from an online doctor, like those at our sister site PlushCare.
To get a prescription for Gabapentin, a doctor must evaluate you for a disorder. Then the doctor will evaluate potential treatment options and decide whether the risk to benefit ratio of Gabapentin is favorable in your case.
An increasingly popular option for getting prescriptions is going to an online doctor. EverydayDr recommends PlushCare for these types of services. They have same-day access to medical professionals across the country, all of whom have graduated from a top-50 medical institution. You can book an appointment quickly and see a doctor in as little as 15 minutes.
PlushCare is a great platform to get a Gabapentin prescription online. If you live in a state where Gabapentin is not classified as a controlled substance and the doctor decides Gabapentin is an appropriate treatment for you, they will electronically send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
The price of a 30 day supply of Gabapentin varies widely depending on location, dosage, and insurance status. Gabapentin is a widely used drug and is typically covered by insurance.
If you don’t have insurance or your provider does not cover this medication, Gabapentin is available for only $0.19 per 300 milligrams capsule (as of January 2021). An adult taking 300 milligrams three times a day should expect a cost of $17.10 per 30 day supply.
You may be able to save a few dollars by checking the price at multiple local and online pharmacies. Costs of medication are always subject to change.
Gabapentin causes congenital disabilities in laboratory animals. Seizure disorders are known to be associated with increased congenital disabilities in humans. Your doctor will have to weigh the risk of experiencing seizures during pregnancy and the benefit of reducing seizures during pregnancy to decide if taking this medication is right for you.
It is not known if Gabapentin passes into breast milk. Nursing mothers are strongly encouraged to use formula to err on the side of caution.
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