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Taking Gabapentin for back pain. Falling asleep. What to do?

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Posted on Tue, 12 Nov 2013
Question: My husband has been taking the pill Gabapentin for about a month for back pain it seems to zap him and he has been falling asleep at different times this morning he fell into a deep sleep this has me worried should he go off the pill
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Answered by Dr. Basheer Ahamed (51 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Gabapentin is sedative effects.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for your query.

Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug. It effects chemicals in the nerves and help in prevent the pain and seizures.

It acts centrally on the brain and has sedative effect.
This is the reason for sleep in your husband.

If this sedative effect of Gabapentin affects the day to day activity of your husband then it may be stopped and other non sedative drugs can be use with the help of your doctor.

Hope the answer helps you.

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Taking Gabapentin for back pain. Falling asleep. What to do?

Brief Answer:
Gabapentin is sedative effects.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for your query.

Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug. It effects chemicals in the nerves and help in prevent the pain and seizures.

It acts centrally on the brain and has sedative effect.
This is the reason for sleep in your husband.

If this sedative effect of Gabapentin affects the day to day activity of your husband then it may be stopped and other non sedative drugs can be use with the help of your doctor.

Hope the answer helps you.