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Review: could Gabapentin cause Headaches?

Summary: Headaches 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, 1,815 have Headaches. Find out below who they are, when they have Headaches and more.

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Gabapentin

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

Headaches

Headaches (pain in head) (latest reports from 1,204,791 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 36,743 people reported to have side effects when taking Gabapentin. Among them, 1,815 people (4.94%) have Headaches. They amount to 0.15% of all the 1,203,863 people who have Headaches on eHealthMe.

Trend of Headaches in Gabapentin reports

Time on Gabapentin when people have Headaches * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headaches51.58%22.11%9.47%7.37%5.79%2.11%1.58%

Age of people who have Headaches when taking Gabapentin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headaches0.00%0.00%1.87%3.74%15.85%22.97%27.49%28.09%

Severity of Headaches when taking Gabapentin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headaches2.56%41.03%48.72%7.69%

How people recovered from Headaches ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Headaches0.00%20.00%80.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (268 people, 14.77%)
  2. Depression (228 people, 12.56%)
  3. Multiple sclerosis (190 people, 10.47%)
  4. Hypertension (124 people, 6.83%)
  5. Anxiety (115 people, 6.34%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (240 people, 13.22%)
  2. Neurontin (217 people, 11.96%)
  3. Zometa (209 people, 11.52%)
  4. Omeprazole (207 people, 11.40%)
  5. Cymbalta (186 people, 10.25%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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