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neurontin suicideNeurontin (generic name: gabapentin) was FDA-approved in 1993 for use as an anticonvulsant for people suffering from partial seizures associated with epilepsy. It is also FDA-approved for the management of post-herpetic neuralgia (persistent pain after a herpes zoster skin rash outbreak). Neurontin is available by prescription only. It has been marketed and promoted for several non-approved uses including:

• bipolar disorder;
• pain syndromes, peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy ;
• treatment of epilepsy alone (monotherapy);
• reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD);
• attention deficit disorder (ADD);
• restless leg syndrome (RLS);
• trigeminal neuralgia;
• essential tremor;
• migraines ;
• chronic pain; and
• drug and alcohol withdrawal seizures.

Side effects: suicidal behavior/attempted suicide, paranoia, memory loss, hostility, unsteadiness, severe mania, depression, abnormal thinking, incoordination, dizziness, drowsiness, water retention, nausea and/or vomiting, ataxia (inability to control muscles), fatigue, and/or viral infection.

The drug company Pfizer (a/k/a Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert) has engaged in consumer fraud by marketing and promoting this drug for uses that it simply does NOT work for. In fact, in many cases, a placebo worked better than Neurontin.

If you have been prescribed Neurontin, bought and/or used the medication for a use other than one which is FDA-approved, and suffered any of the above side effects, please please fill out the form below.

Neurontin In the News

May-01-05: Neurontin is an epilepsy drug that is being prescribed off label for treating pain because it is not a use approved by the Food and Drug Administration. There are thousands of families across the U.S. who claim Pfizer is responsible for their loved ones committing or attempting suicide. [SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICLE]

File Your Neurontin complaint

If you or a loved one has attempted suicide, or a loved one has committed suicide while taking Neurontin or has suffered other Neurontin side effects, please send your complaint to a Neurontin lawyer for a free case evaluation, by clicking the link below.
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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
Sheena whitmore
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Constant muscle spasms, memory loss sleep walking, unsteady walking,dizziness, tingling on right side,suicidal thoughts speech pronunciation unusual behavior

Posted by
sherry blakey
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Ive experience some bad side effects from neurotin?

Posted by
Terry Frost
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I have been taking Nuerotin for 4 years. And now Im confused, unstrady gate, memory loss, severe depression
I told my dr how I was really getting depressed and did not know why. Until now. However her response was "pray about it." Seriously....I did not know what to say. This Nuerotin is killing me with depression. Im currently trying to wean off but can already feel the damage
Trouble forming the words I want to use. Depressed
..depressed. What can I do.

Posted by
Tricia Puckett
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I am just finding this information and I'm shocked to see that it's not just me. I am 43, i have bn taking this drug for 6 yrs or more and I have become housebound and only go out once a week for church. my hair is falling out in addition to the new phobias. it's wrecked me and I need help filing a suit. my brother is an atty but he doesn't specialize in class actions suits. thank u so very much!

Posted by
Jackie Bolden
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Loss of memory dizzy

Posted by
Ellen Hannah
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I was given neurontin for neuropathy pain in both legs. After about 1 1/2-2 yrs I started having balance trouble, I couldn't THINK, I was making choices as if I was a 13 year old. You know ,making the wrong choice, knowing it, and doing it anyway. I suddenly started getting severe anxiety and panic attacks. I would go to brush my teeth and couldn't find the toothpaste that was front and center on the counter next to the faucet. I was after my doctor for answers, got none. After months of misery I started reading all the side effects of all my medication s. As soon as I read all of neuronton I had my answers. I started weaning off of it slowly. After 4 months I was off it and feeling much better , more leg pain, but better. It's been a few years now and I still struggle with memory problems, short term memory loss, and it's VERY difficult to learn new things. I'm 56 and worry a great deal on how this could affect my senior years.

Posted by
Michele
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I almost died March 28 1017 from a accidental overdose from neutrontin/ gabapentin I spent 2 days on life support in icu hooked up to a ventilator because i was taking 10 breaths per minute my body was shutting down I kept blacking out falling down I couldn't talk or walk I couldn't function at all by the time my fiance got me to the hospital I had only 10 minutes left to live I was put into a medically induced coma to save my life I have no memory of those 2 days my icu discharge papers said accidental overdose from anti epileptic drug it took me over an hour to convince 6 doctors that I wasn't suicidal and trying to kill myself

Posted by
Eve Powell
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I have been taking neurontin for yrs now. I have been depressed and I use to have a very good memory but not anymore and now I know why.

Posted by
Ben
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Karen what is your contact info to join? Also what do i need to do on my part to join the class action suit?

Posted by
Elizabeth Ralstin
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I was prescribed gabapentin/neurontin in 2011 for neuropathic pain in my right arm. In 2013 it was discovered that I have thoracic outlet syndrome due to extra cervical ribs. Had surgery. Had ulnar nerve release. Had carpal tunnel surgery. All the while my dosage was increased to 3600mg/day. I would have major mood swings: full blown temper and throwing things to turning into crying hysterically. Felt like I was watching myself from above. Told all docs about this, and was told that it was 'the safest drug out there.' Was hospitalized in Aug, 2016 after a 'rage' episode. Wasn't until a good friend of mine said she had gone through similar experience. I was having multiple psychotic episodes a week. Weaned myself off in 5 days. Won't touch it again. and, it really didn't relieve the pain that much.....

Posted by
Karen
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Anyone who has suffered bad side effects from Gabapentin/neurontin and would like to join a class Action suit, contact me

Posted by
Thomas j Tannler
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It has caused severe memory loss. I cannot believe there are no warnings.

Posted by
Ben
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Is there a current lawsuit to join? I was given Neurontin a couple years ago for nerve pain in my right leg due to herniated discs in the l4 and l5. Had 2 surgery to relieve pressure off the nerve but I need a fusion to fix it. I suffer memory loss, simple things I forget. I've walked into stores to shop and forget what I went in for. There is a list of things, including spelling easy words. I have no motivation anymore, I use to workout daily. Id rather sit and do nothing. Is there anything to reverse these effects? I have stopped taking this medication but am still having issues.

Posted by
Kimberly Timmerman
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I was prescribed neurontin for years after my wreck in 2012. Since then, over time I noticed memory loss, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, depression. Was even prescribed cymbalta for the depression. Was told neurontin was for nerve and chronic pain and inflammation. And that cymbalta was for depression and also helps with nerve pain. I just recemtly stopped neurontin in Nov.2016. I seen commercial on tv about these meds and am concerned.

Posted by
Sara Donadei
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I experienced personality change during the 30 days I took it, November 2017. Ate continuously gaining 30 lbs but worst side effect is I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO MEMORIES from that ENTIRE time I was on the drug. It was prescribed for pain management.

Posted by
Lisa Paulson
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I have been on Gabapentin Going on 3 years.I had back surgery L5S1.Had dropfoot.Dr prescribed Gabapentin for neuropathy and restless legs.On 2100 total daily.I've been sent to p/c for 72 hours,in process of losing my job.
Combative,anger,vision loss,confusion .I'm getting psych help as I don't care anymore. Thoughts are worse everyday.Where do I go now? Tried going off of it. Too brutal

Posted by
Danny Terry
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My husband is taking Gabapentin for chronic pain for about a year or more...
He has the following problems since taking Gabapentin..
memory loss, hostility, unsteadiness, depression, abnormal thinking, incoordination, dizziness, drowsiness, water retention, nausea and/or vomiting, ataxia (inability to control muscles), and super fatigue...
Plus he still has most of the chronic pain that he started out with and his doctor just says "keep taking the Gabapentin... Right now he takes 1800mg per day and the doctor wants him to increase that dose which my husband has not done because it hasn't really helped up to this point..

Posted by
JoLynn Walker, POA for Mary Jo Davis
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My elderly mother lives alone other than a gentleman paid to spend nights at her house in case of an emergency. After a hip surgery, the rehab doctor prescribed Gabapentin for restless leg syndrome and for more than a year now she has been terribly depressed, hopeless, and suicidal. She has cancer as well and her oncologist will not prescribe an antidepressant because of her age. Is there anything you can do to help her?

Posted by
wendi
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I have a family member that went from saving every penny earned to having a severe gambling problem while on Neutrontin. After doing research I have found that even with all the studies done proving this is a serious side affect, there is no legal responsibility to the company. This drug has caused severe hardship and I'm looking for any advice...I have already spoken to two lawyers who have told us that it's too much of a risk for them.

Posted by
Casie Crosson
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I took 300 mg 3x per day for neuropathy and I have been unsteady uncoordinated major depression short term memory loss and extremely irritable for no reason at all. Is there still a lawsuit. This medicine has ruined my life.

Posted by
Shannon
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I also have disc problems among alit of other issues my pain dr put me on this medication it seems I now forget a lot of stuff in my home life and at work . It also seems I have new pain issues and gets worse I tell my dr but they don't seem to listen what can we do to make them see the meds are bad we do not need use them ?

Posted by
Tracy Brown
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I need Help! Please

Posted by
Karen whorton.
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Need some paper work on this drug lawsuit

Posted by
Peggy Stagel
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I was prescribed Gabapentin approximately 2/3 years ago. I was supposed to take 3 100 mg capsules at bedtime. They made me have a stomach ache and not be able to sleep. I asked if I could cut the dose , I then tried 2 capsules and finally down to 1.. This week I am not taking it at all. I have had memory loss in so much as I forget common words and places and names. I had none of this before the drug. It was prescribed for pain, and I was told it would help me sleep.....It did neither.

Posted by
Rebecca
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I want to know is there's a lawsuit still going on for Gabapentin? Because I have search a memory loss,that my husband stay upset with me. Also I have complaint too the doctors about the memory loss all they said keep taking it. I need help can anyone help me before I lose all of my memory or go into dem

Posted by
JAMES PRICE
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After reading a feature article in the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports "Is There A Cure For High Drug Prices?" page 53. I learned on page 60 at the end of the article that the funding for the preparation was provided in part by two grants, one of which is Prescriber Education Grant Program, which is funded by the multistate settlement of consumer-fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin (gabapentin).

I have been on 1200 mg per day for a few years of Gabapentin. I have been concerned about my short term memory loss, unsteadiness, dizziness, peripheral neuropathy and restless leg syndrome.

Thanks to the information mentioned above, I now have valid reasons for the side effects caused by Gabapentin.

Posted by
Lindon Massey
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I am on 2700mg of Gabapentin daily. I suffer extreme memory loss.

Posted by
Deanna Kirkpatrick
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I have a very rare brain/spinal cord disease (Neuro Myelitis Optica)
For the last 10 years at 4500 mg my brain is having HUGE cognitive
Memory issues, even though my MRI is stable, I have had 3 brain attacks, where I lost memory (how to play the flute, edit podcasts etc)
I just found out that Gabapentin is so successful, because it prevents brain synapses from forming. Brain Synapses are the very thing you need to fight a rare brain disease by making NEW connections and if you can't make new connections your brain dies. They promoted this drug off label for chronic pain. It works, but at what cost?!

Posted by
DEBORAH HALL
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I have herniated discs. I also have all the pain and numbness that go with it. I took Gabapentin for 9 months and forgot what I was driving and what it was called that I was doing. I have whole events that I do not remember.

Posted by
Debrah Hepworth
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I was on this drug for severe pain management for approximately 2 years. I did not realise how bad he side effects can be. I suffer not only from memory loss/lapses I also suffer from a rare condition known as "false memory syndrome" (Not alien abduction or "recessive memories" after therapy - which is pretty much all there is when you Google it LOL).
These problems got worse on Gabapentin & I am still suffering with these issues. I can't work mainly due to pain, but with the mental issues this has drug has aggravated work would be impossible.
Now any new meds I'm put on I not only read the enclosed leaflets, but go on line & do research too.

Posted by
Maine
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I suffered from severe depression, which is still ongoing, and I had to go see a counselor. I also could not hold up my head well, and used to fall asleep during conversation, meals, or driving. I had memory lapses, and still have a lot of problems with my memory. One time I blacked out and five hours had gone by and I thought it had only been about an hour. I often went in and out of conscious state.

Posted by
New Hampshire
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After being ramped up to 2400mg of Neurontin daily I became fixated on death and dying. I also became worried that I was about to "snap" and do something terrible. It was constantly on my mind, I couldn't NOT think about death. I took myself down to 800mg a day and the thoughts went away within 24 hours. But now my pain levels are back to pre-Neurontin days, which is very hard to take.

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