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    Would accidental rupturing of a Gabapentin capsule in the trachea cause complications?

Posted on Thu, 29 Jun 2017 in General Health
Question: I was taking my night time medication (2 gabapentin capsules, 1 pantoprazole, 1 atorvastatin and 1 fish oil pill. one of the gabapentin somehow went down my windpipe. I finally coughed it up but it had already burst. Any danger beside the awful taste and burning? I am drinking lots of water...
Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Nothing to be worried about. Gabapentin will not cause any damage to lungs

Detailed Answer:
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Since you were able to cough up the medication and not experiencing any breathing difficulty right now, there is nothing to be worried about. Gabapentin will not damage your bronchial or lung epithelium.
You can continue taking next scheduled dose of Gabapentin .
No more treatment/intervention is needed .There is nothing to be worried about.
Please be advised to be very careful while swallowing food and medications. Avoid talking/laughing while swallowing to prevent choking in future.

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