Long term bad Gabapentin side effects
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder; it includes loss of consciousness, occurrence of convulsion or seizures. Gabapentin is a drug which is used to treat convulsion or seizures, also known as an anticonvulsant drug. It causes numerous side effects, some are ordinary, and however some are lethal. It is also recommended to take this drug under strict medical supervision only.
Dizziness is one of the most common gabapentin side effects. It is likely to occur in the beginning of the treatment, but it will start to fade away as soon as your body gets accustomed to this drug. The second most common gabapentin side effect is drowsiness. The patient feels sleepy and tired. During that period, the patient should avoid driving, and should not do heavy lifting work.
Another gabapentin side effect is swollen hands and feet; this condition is also known as peripheral oedema. In this state, tissue fluid starts to collect in the hands, feet, and facial expression.
Mood swings are also likely to occur as a gabapentin side effect. The patient seems to be uneasy. Sometimes he may show aggressive behavior too.
Blurred vision or double vision is also a side effect of gabapentin. This symptom will be gone once you stop taking the medication.
Most common gabapentin side effects which occur in adults are:
- Involuntary eye movement
- Blurred vision
- Muscle pain
- Hearing impairment
- No coordination between hands and feet
- Swelling of hands, face or feet
These are the gabapentin side effects which occur commonly as body is trying to adjust to the drug. If these symptoms become worse or exaggerate, then please consult the doctor or pharmacist before they become fatal.
But some of the symptoms occur infrequently, which also need the attention of doctors, as they can create other problems too.
Severe gabapentin side effects for adults:
High blood pressure is a common gabapentin side effect, it affects the kidney and the water retention begins, which increases the blood pressure. Other severe gabapentin side effects are depression, mood swing, double vision, rashes, anxiety, diarrhea, mental impairment, dry mouth, weakness, gas, constipation, puffy face, middle ear infection, urinary tract infection, sluggishness, weight gain.
The allergic reaction is one the gabapentin side effect which is very serious, if this occurs, please call doctor immediately.
Some of the gabapentin side effects occur rarely, which are not common to every patient, and differ with patient to patient. These are not reported commonly and may need immediate attention of the physician.
Rare Gabapentin side effect
Numbness and tingling starts to occur with long treatment. The body’s immune system becomes weak, so fever, swollen lymph nodes, inflammation of nose, itching, irritation in the stomach start to occur. Confusion, liver failure, allergic reaction, decreased white blood cells, giant hives, suicidal behavior, hyperactive behavior, purple or brown blotches on skin, aggressive behavior, low amount of sodium, multiple organ failure, Stevens Johnson syndrome, weak reflexes, yellow skin due to liver problem, lack of concentration, painful urination, chronic sleeping syndrome, difficulty in speaking, excessive sweating, frequent urination, high blood sugar, headache, indigestion, inflammation of gums, joint pain, pink eyes, loss of appetite, hearing problem, ringing of ears, sensation of spinning, whirling, throat dryness are some of the rare Gabapentin side effects.
If a serious gabapentin side effect takes place, such as high fever, rashes, swelling, and breathlessness, get medical aid immediately without any time delay.