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Dangers of Neurontin

The dangers of Neurontin have been documented in clinical studies and by physicians who have treated individuals suffering from serious complications of Neurontin treatment, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare life-threatening dermatological condition. Although Neurontin was approved by the FDA only for seizures and post-herpetic pain, tens of millions of Neurontin prescriptions have been written for "off-label" uses such as migraine headaches and bipolar disorder.

The FDA is acutely aware of the dangers of Neurontin, particularly when it is used to treat individuals with conditions other than the two for which the FDA granted approval. Parke-Davis and its parent company Pfizer have paid millions of dollars in fines for their illegal promotion of Neurontin for off-label uses.

Side Effects and Risks

The side effects of Neurontin have been documented both by Parke-Davis, the manufacturer of Neurontin, and in several clinical studies of this controversial drug. Side effects that have been reported in Neurontin-treated individuals include:

  • dizziness (in up to 28% of the individuals studied)
  • coordination problems (up to 12.5%)
  • drowsiness (up to 21.4%)
  • fever (up to 10.1%)
  • infections (up to 10.9%)
  • nausea or vomiting (up to 8.4%)
  • swelling or fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms, or hands (up to 8.3%)
  • unusual eye movements (up to 8.3%)

In approx. 1% to 7% of those studied, the side effects included:

  • accidental injury
  • back pain
  • bronchitis
  • changes in thinking (such as difficulty concentrating)
  • conjunctivitis ("pink eye")
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • double vision or blurred vision
  • dry mouth
  • ear infection
  • flushing or hot flashes
  • gas
  • high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • hyperactivity (in children)
  • increased appetite or weight gain
  • indigestion or heartburn
  • memory loss (amnesia)
  • nervousness
  • problems walking
  • sore throat
  • speech problems
  • tremors
  • twitching
  • weakness or fatigue

Contact an Attorney

Neurontin-treated individuals, especially those who contracted Stevens-Johnson syndrome, should contact a Neurontin attorney to discuss their circumstances. Financial compensation for costs and damage due to Neurontin treatment is appropriate in many cases.

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