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Neurontin for Hot Flashes

by Magnolia on April 23, 2014

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What Is Neurontin?

Neurontin is the brand name of the anticonvulsive medication gabapentin. It is often recommended to people with epilepsy. It can also be used for the control of hot flashes. Hot flashes are one of the unpleasant side effects that come along with menopause. A hot flash is a brief sensation of sweating and intense warmth. This medication has been shown to reduce both the severity and number of hot flashes that a person has per day.

How Effective Is Neurontin For Treating Hot Flashes?

There have been studies done to assess the effectiveness of this medication. One of the studies, completed by the University of Rochester Cancer Center, involved 420 women with breast cancer who been suffering from hot flashes. The women were divided into two different groups. One group was given 300 mg of the medication per day while the other group was given 900 mg of gabapentin.

The subjects were asked to record the frequency and intensity of their hot flashes before the study and during weeks four and eight. The results of the study showed that 900 mg of gabapentin is effective for controlling hot flashes. The subjects who only took 300 mg of the medication did not notice a significant decrease in their hot flashes. The researchers concluded by saying that gabapentin should be used to treat hot flashes.

Possible Side Effects Of Neurontin

It is important to note that side effects come along with every medication. Some of the most common side effects include nausea, rash, fatigue  swelling of the feet and hands, lightheadedness and dizziness. People are less likely to experience side effects if they take it at bedtime or with a meal. They are also less likely to experience side effects if the dosage is gradually increased.

Like many other anti-seizure medications, Neurontin may increase the risk of suicide. That is why  people who take these medications should be watched closely for signs of suicidal behavior. Women who are worried about this possible side effect should make sure that they discuss it with their doctor.

Is Neurontin Addictive?

Many women who take Neurontin for hot flashes are concerned about whether the drug is addictive. The good news is that Neurontin is not considered an addictive drug. However, it is important to note that it is possible for one to develop a physical dependence on the drug. Some people may experience withdrawal symptoms for up to 45 days after they stop taking the drug. Insomnia, anxiety, pain, sweating and nausea are some of the most common withdrawal symptoms.

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