Review: could Gabapentin cause Depression?


Summary

Depression is found among people who take Gabapentin, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Zometa, and have Depression . We study 37,321 people who have side effects while taking Gabapentin from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,530 have Depression. Find out below who they are, when they have Depression and more.

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Gabapentin

Gabapentin has active ingredients of gabapentin. It is often used in pain. (latest outcomes from Gabapentin 38,780 users)

Depression

Depression has been reported by people with suicidal ideation, drug ineffective, drug exposure during pregnancy, insomnia, fatigue (latest reports from 245,188 Depression patients).

On Jul, 21, 2016

37,321 people reported to have side effects when taking Gabapentin.
Among them, 1,530 people (4.1%) have Depression


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Gabapentin cause Depression?

Time on Gabapentin when people have Depression *:

  • < 1 month: 21.35 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 29.17 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 15.1 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 12.5 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 14.06 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 6.25 %
  • 10+ years: 1.56 %

Gender of people who have Depression when taking Gabapentin *:

  • female: 61.99 %
  • male: 38.01 %

Age of people who have Depression when taking Gabapentin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.08 %
  • 10-19: 0.4 %
  • 20-29: 2.97 %
  • 30-39: 10.93 %
  • 40-49: 23.71 %
  • 50-59: 33.28 %
  • 60+: 28.62 %

Severity if Depression when taking Gabapentin **:

  • least: 4.69 %
  • moderate: 43.75 %
  • severe: 40.62 %
  • most severe: 10.94 %

How people recovered from Depression **:

  • while on drug: 2.27 %
  • after off the drug: 29.55 %
  • not yet: 68.18 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Depression (302 people)
  • Pain (281 people)
  • Anxiety (147 people)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (126 people)
  • Hypertension (125 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Zometa (293 people)
  • Neurontin (227 people)
  • Cymbalta (221 people)
  • Aredia (209 people)
  • Aspirin (201 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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