What is gabapentin?

Gabapentin is a prescription only medicine used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain (which is the result of damage to nerve tissue which can produce a burning, shooting or scalding feeling).

A prescription only medicine can only be prescribed following a consultation with a doctor.

Gabapentin can produce feelings of relaxation, calmness and euphoria and has been reported by some to cause stimulant effects. It can also enhance the euphoric effects of other drugs, like opiates, and is likely to increase the risks when taken in this way.

Gabapentin is manufactured as either white, yellow or orange capsules and tablets.