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What is Gabapentin and What is it Prescribed For?
Gabapentin is the generic name for Neurontin. It is an anticonvulsant and painkiller used in the treatment of shingles and seizures. Gabapentin (Neurontin) is prescribed to reduce nerve pain following shingles or to prevent seizures brought on by epilepsy.
How to Request Gabapentin Online
Request a gabapentin prescription online by booking an appointment with a PlushCare doctor. During your phone or video appointment, the doctor will talk with you about your medical condition and current medications to decide if Neurontin (gabapentin) is right for you. If you qualify, they will then send your gabapentin prescription to your local pharmacy for pick up.
Do You Need a Prescription For Gabapentin?
Yes. You will need a prescription before you can receive the medication gabapentin or Neurontin. Gabapentin and Neurontin are not available over the counter and must be prescribed by a licensed doctor.
Is Gabapentin a Controlled Substance?
Gabapentin is not classified as a controlled substance in most states and can be prescribed online in 43 out of 50 states.
That said, gabapentin has the potential for abuse and is considered a controlled substance in 7 states, including Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, and North Dakota. If you are located in one of these states, you will need to see a doctor in person to request a gabapentin prescription.
Is Gabapentin a Narcotic?
Gabapentin is not considered a narcotic. It is a strong pain killer and anticonvulsant belonging to its own drug class, Gabapentinoids.
Where Can I Not Request a Neurontin Prescription Online?
Gabapentin is classified as a controlled substance in Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, and North Dakota. It cannot be prescribed online in those states.
Neurontin is available as a capsule, tablet, or liquid oral solution and can be taken with or without food.
Dosages will vary depending on the reason Neurontin is being taken, kidney function, and the effectiveness on the patient.
Dosages may be as low as 100 mg per day and as high as 3600 mg per day, although the most common dosages are in the middle of that range.
Always take Neurontin exactly as instructed by your doctor. Failing to do so can cause an increased risk of side effects, including increased seizures.
Side Effects of Gabapentin
While Neurontin is generally considered a safe medication, there is some risk of side effects, including:
– Swollen glands
– Flu-like symptoms
– Unusual bruising
– Rapid eye movement
– Kidney problems
– Memory problems
– Swelling of the feet or hands
– Eye problems
PlushCare's Gabapentin Prescription Policy
At PlushCare, we prioritize our patientsâ safety and have a specific Neurontin (gabapentin) prescription policy to reduce the odds of misuse.
At PlushCare, Gabapentin prescriptions can be considered under the following circumstances:
– You, as the patient, sign a gabapentin agreement.
– You provide a copy of your government-issued photo ID.
– You are not located in a state where gabapentin is classified as a controlled substance (e.g. Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia).
– You are not currently taking another controlled substance.
– You use the same PlushCare physician and same pharmacy for each visit where gabapentin is prescribed. You may only move your pharmacy in case of moving your home address or other situations at the judgment of the prescribing physician.
If your PlushCare doctor finds that you may benefit from a Neurontin prescription, they can write you a 30 day supply every six months. In order to receive a Neurontin prescription, we also require a form of ID. You can easily upload a photo of your ID to our app, or email a photo to [email protected]
A Note About Prescriptions
Medications are prescribed at the sole discretion of a PlushCare physician. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances can only be written after a medical evaluation. Scheduling an appointment does not guarantee that a medication can or will be prescribed.
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