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Review: could Gabapentin cause Depression?

Summary: Depression could be caused by Gabapentin, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Zometa, and have Pain.

We study 36,666 people who have side effects while taking Gabapentin from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,540 have Depression. Find out below who they are, when they have Depression and more.

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Gabapentin

Gabapentin (latest outcomes from 39,166 users) has active ingredients of gabapentin. It is often used in neuralgia.

Depression

Depression (latest reports from 1,140,778 patients) has been reported by people with quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, pain, pain relief by acupuncture, acupuncture and pain.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 36,743 people reported to have side effects when taking Gabapentin. Among them, 1,540 people (4.19%) have Depression. They amount to 0.13% of all the 1,142,819 people who have Depression on eHealthMe.

Trend of Depression in Gabapentin reports

Time on Gabapentin when people have Depression * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Depression25.75%27.54%17.37%11.38%12.57%4.79%0.60%

Age of people who have Depression when taking Gabapentin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Depression0.00%0.07%0.45%3.06%11.55%24.07%33.31%27.50%

Severity of Depression when taking Gabapentin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Depression5.26%50.00%31.58%13.16%

How people recovered from Depression ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Depression5.26%42.11%52.63%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (280 people, 18.18%)
  2. Depression (268 people, 17.40%)
  3. Anxiety (168 people, 10.91%)
  4. Hypertension (158 people, 10.26%)
  5. Multiple sclerosis (143 people, 9.29%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (293 people, 19.03%)
  2. Aspirin (280 people, 18.18%)
  3. Neurontin (244 people, 15.84%)
  4. Cymbalta (242 people, 15.71%)
  5. Aredia (209 people, 13.57%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I have so many problems and take so many medicines I am trying to find out what works what doesn't what interacts which drugs are necessary - 2 years ago had bilateral total knee replacement -- trying to quit smoking, did quit for about a year then started up part time

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • BECAUSE OF A STROKE I EXPERIENCED AUGUST 5, 2010, I AM UNCOMFORTABLE IN MY OWN SKIN 24/7 ADD THE DISCOMFORTS CREATED FROM THE MEDICINE I TAKE SOME DAYS ARE HARDER TO STAY POSITIVE ABOUT MY LIFE. I HAVE A LOT OF STRESS DAILY AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ACHIEVE SOME LEVEL OF COMFORT AND I SEEM TO BE FAILING AND I FEEL ITS DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF THE MEDICINES I TAKE.

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  • From this study (1 month ago):

  • I also have RA but am currently not taking anything for it.

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