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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.
Last updated on Oct-8-08


READER COMMENTS

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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