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Review: could Gabapentin cause Cough?

Summary: Cough could be caused by Gabapentin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Aspirin, and have Pain.

We study 36,656 people who have side effects while taking Gabapentin from FDA and social media. Among them, 699 have Cough. Find out below who they are, when they have Cough and more.

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On Apr, 14, 2014: 36,656 people reported to have side effects when taking Gabapentin. Among them, 699 people (1.91%) have Cough. They amount to 0.15% of all the 481,939 people who have Cough on eHealthMe.

Trend of Cough in Gabapentin reports

Time on Gabapentin when people have Cough * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Cough51.43%17.14%2.86%14.29%5.71%5.71%2.86%

Age of people who have Cough when taking Gabapentin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Cough0.17%0.00%0.84%2.01%10.05%15.75%28.31%42.88%

Severity of Cough when taking Gabapentin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Cough18.75%37.50%31.25%12.50%

How people recovered from Cough ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Cough0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (115 people, 16.45%)
  2. Depression (88 people, 12.59%)
  3. Hypertension (64 people, 9.16%)
  4. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (56 people, 8.01%)
  5. Arthritis (41 people, 5.87%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (176 people, 25.18%)
  2. Zometa (139 people, 19.89%)
  3. Neurontin (124 people, 17.74%)
  4. Lisinopril (121 people, 17.31%)
  5. Omeprazole (115 people, 16.45%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • 1st 3 symptoms due to a tooth extraction on 10/22/12 by an over-zealous dentist. After much effort the tooth finally came out and he exclaimed, "Most dentists would have sent a patient with a tooth like that to an oral surgeon, but I seem to have very good luck in getting them out." Little did I know that he had broken my maxillary bone and a week later I almost died from multiple bacterial infections in my sinus cavity. The bacteria damaged all 3 branches of my Trigeminal nerve and 3 surgeries later I have seen no improvement. Now have double vision in right eye and trigeminal pain 24/7. Gabapentin was a life saver, but only decreases pain and never eliminates it. Severe coughing started soon after starting gabapentin and cough is very wet, as if I have bronchitis. Chest x-Ray 4/7/14 shows normal and my doctor is perplexed. Neurologist has me taking Dextromorphan Hydrobromide, but seems to be ineffective. Help!

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  • From this study (3 months ago):

  • I have developed a cough within the last month that does not respond to treatment. i have no other symptoms. Cough keeps me up at night despite over the counter cough medicines.

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  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • severe RSD pain to upper right extremity with blisters, sores, pustules, coughing with spitting up blood and chronic pulmonary emboli, weight loss, loss of appetite, frail.

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