This page outlines some important information that all users of gabapentinoid medication should be aware of.
Gabapentinoids are a class of drugs that include Gabapentin and Pregabalin.
These drugs are intended for short term use only and carry with them a risk of dependency .
It is important that prescriptions for this class of drug are reviewed regularly to ensure that it is being used safely and to minimise adverse reactions and dependency.
Drinking while taking gabapentin should be avoided as it can increase your risks of side effects like dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. Drinking alcohol while taking the prescription gabapentin can cause side effects like dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. The dangerous combination of alcohol and gabapentin may result in overdose or death.
If you are on any gabapentinoid medication, it may cause drowsiness which can impair your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Gabapentinoid medications are classed as controlled drugs and need to be stored securely.
Keep all medicines:
(a) securely closed in the original container with the label intact
(b) out of the sight and reach of children
(c) stored away safely where you or your carer can easily find them
(d) away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture
Controlled drugs, as with all medicines, need to be disposed of in a safe way when no longer required. All unused controlled drugs should be returned to your local community pharmacy for safe disposal. If you
are unable to take the medicines to the community pharmacy yourself, a relative, friend, neighbour or carer can do this on your behalf.