Neurontin or Gabapentin is an approved medicine prescribed for treating certain types of nerve pain and epileptic seizures.
It is not advisable to combine Neurontin and alcohol, in general. Combining these two can enhance the risk of some definite side effects caused by Neurontin, such as co-ordination problems and dizziness.
Also, you may not be able to drink as usual, considering the safety precautions involved in combining alcohol and Neurontin.
If at all you are unable to forego drinking, at the same time needing the treatment with Neurontin, have limitations in your drinking and go slow in your consumptions till such time you are able to know how this drug affects you.
It is not a good idea, in many cases, to combine Neurontin and alcohol. While combining, the possibilities are there for the side effects of Neurontin getting increased and these side effects can be severe also.
The side effects increased when you take alcohol with Neurontin include dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, and coordination problems.
You also become more sensitive to alcoholic effects when you take Neurontin while drinking. You will not able to drink your usual amounts of alcohol when you fear that it is not safe for you while on Neurontin. With elderly people, combining these two becomes more dangerous as they are more prone to the side effects of this drug.
Also, if the elderly people fall while drinking, due to the increased effects of alcohol caused by combining it with Neurontin, it is very dangerous for them due to their age.
Elderly people may have increased dizziness, coordination problems or passing out due to the combined effect of alcohol and Neurontin. If they fall, particularly while drinking, it may result in fractures in their bone(s).
If it becomes necessary for you to drink while you are taking Neurontin, start slowly and have a watch on your condition continually to see if affects you. Do not hesitate to discuss with your doctor on your consumption amounts of alcohol.
Along with this, you will be able to make a decision jointly with your doctor on the right proposition for you in combining alcohol and Neurontin.
Your doctor can also suggest the ways and means of quitting your drinking habit. The manufacturer of Neurontin also recommends that alcohol should be avoided during treatment with Neurontin (Gabapentin).
The manufacturer mentions that sleepiness, lightheadedness, and dizziness are the possible side effects of Neurontin, which are increased if you take alcohol along with this drug.
If you are a regular drinker of large amounts of alcohol, you should consult your doctor before you start taking Neurontin.
If you are already on Neurontin and have been prescribed this drug for unavoidable reasons, you should be sure not to combine Neurontin while taking alcohol and vice-versa.
You should not increase your alcohol counts or the dosages of Neurontin prescribed for you. This will lead to serious consequences in your health condition.
No decision should be taken by you in adjusting the dosages of Neurontin especially when you are a regular drinker and always take the help of your doctor on such occasions.