Is Gralise (gabepentin) Effective for Migraine Maintenance?

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My neurologist has just prescribed 1800 mgs daily of Gralise for migraine maintenance.  Can you tell me if this drug is effective for migraine maintenance and if there are severe side effects? I've checked the Internet for various reviews and side effects and get a wide variance of opinions. Thank you for all you do to further the awareness of migraines, Diana.

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Dear Diana:

Gralise is also known as the brand name neurontin and the generic name gabapentin. Although it's not FDA-approved for migraine prevention, it has been prescribed off-label for that purpose for quite some time. As with other medications used for migraine prevention, it is effective for some people, but the only way to know if it will be effective for you is to try it. To give it a fair trial, you need to take it as directed by your doctor for at least 90 days.

Something to remember about side effects is that they're POTENTIAL side effects. You may not experience any of them at all. If you do, they may stop as your body becomes accustomed to the gabapentin. As always, if you experience any severe or concerning side effects, contact your doctor. Medications of this kind generally should not be discontinued abruptly, but tapered down, so if you experience side effects, please contact your doctor rather than just discontinuing the medication.

You're very welcome, Diana. It's our pleasure to answer questions and work to raise awareness.

Thanks for your question,
David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert

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