GRALISE

09 Sep 2019

Generic Name: GABAPENTIN

 

ABSTRACT –

Gralise is a prescription drug that is classified as a GABA analog. This medication is generally used to treat specific kinds of neuropathic pain that arises from the damage of nerves post the passing of shingles / rashes that are caused by herpes zoster infections. This drug affects the chemicals in the body that are responsible for this specific type of pain.

DOSAGE –

  • Gralise is to be taken as directed by the doctors. Consume this drug only as prescribed to avoid overdose or other harmful effects. Brand of this drug varies from condition to condition.
  • This drug is to be consumed once daily with dinner.
  • The oral tablet form of this drug is not be crushed or chewed – but swallowed whole.
  • General Adult Dosage available:
    Oral – 300mg, 600mg, 900mg, 1200mg

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Swelling in the limbs
  • Problems with vision
  • Motor problems

RARE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Mood changes
  • Seizures
  • Severe weakness
  • Severe lack in motor coordination
  • Upper stomach pain
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Kidney problems

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Buprenorphine
  • Levomethadyl acetate
  • Propoxyphene
  • Sodium Oxybate

Gralise has major interactions with 4 different drugs.

MODERATE DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Amoxapine
  • Amobarbital
  • Asenapine
  • Baclofen
  • Alprazolam
  • Buspirone
  • Butorphanol
  • Carbamazepine
  • Chloroquine
  • Cetirizine
  • Carisoprodol
  • Codeine
  • Dantrolene
  • Desipramine
  • Doxepin
  • Ginkgo
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone

Gralise has moderate interactions with 197 different drugs.

PRECAUTIONS –

  • Provide the doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history prior to drug prescription. Notify especially in case of illnesses and conditions such as kidney/liver disease, diabetic conditions, depression/mental health disorders, seizures or heart conditions.
  • Do not use this drug in case of an allergy to Gralise itself.
  • Inform the doctor of all the drugs being consumed so as to avoid severe drug interactions. Consult a doctor regarding the use of narcotic/sleep-inducing medications.
  • Avoid consuming antacids 2 hours prior/post to taking Gralise.
  • Avoid alcohol while on drug course, as it may lead to side effects.

WARNINGS –

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • This drug may be capable of changing mood or behavior, possibly leading to suicidal tendencies. Always remember to reach out for mental help if needed.
  • Contact a doctor in case of worsening side effects or severe skin conditions.
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

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