Gabapentin

(Neurontin® , Gabapentin)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Capsules, Tablets
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
Yes
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
No
Available as granules?
No
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
No
Available as an injection?
No
Available as nasal/oral spray?
No
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Whilst crushing or dispersing should always be used as last resort current text books and resources state that it is likely to be safe to open capsules and disperse the contents in water.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Gabapentin
Usual formulation brand names
Neurontin®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Yes - tablets
Modified release
No
Film coated
Yes - tablets
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
-
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Licensed
Are specials or imports available?
N/A licensed alternative available
Liquid strengths
50mg/ml
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Yes. Safe for patients with diabetes
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Some oral solutions are licensed for administration via NG/PEG feeding tubes, check product information for specific advice.
Notes
NICE guidelines advise that patients prescribed Gabapentin for epilepsy should receive the same formulation consistently. Changing formulation may affect seizure control.