What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking gabapentin (Neurontin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to gabapentin.

To make sure you can safely take gabapentin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • heart disease; or
  • (for patients with RLS) if you are a day sleeper or work a night shift.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether gabapentin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Gabapentin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.