Alcohol interaction warning
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Nopatic. Nopatic can cause sleepiness, and drinking alcohol can make you even more sleepy. Alcohol can also make you more likely to feel dizzy and have trouble concentrating.
Q: I take Nopatic. Is it safe over a long period of time?
A: Studies suggest that Nopatic is usually well tolerated by patients. Beena Thomas, PharmD
What is Lyrica? What is Nopatic? How do they work?
Nopatic is an anti-seizure (anti-convulsant) drug that is used for preventing seizures and for treating post-herpetic neuralgia, the pain that follows an episode of shingles. Doctors do not know how Nopatic works. Nopatic structurally resembles the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). It is possible that this similarity is related to Nopatic's mechanism of action. In animal models used for testing the anticonvulsant and analgesic (anti-pain) activities of drugs, Nopatic prevents seizures and reduces pain-related responses.
Lyrica (pregabalin) is an oral medication that is chemically related to Nopatic (Gralise, Neurontin). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia.
Coadministration of NEURONTIN (125 to 500 mg; N=48) decreases hydrocodone (10 mg; N=50) Cmax and AUC values in a dose-dependent manner relative to administration of hydrocodone alone; Cmax and AUC values are 3% to 4% lower, respectively, after administration of 125 mg NEURONTIN and 21% to 22% lower, respectively, after administration of 500 mg NEURONTIN. The mechanism for this interaction is unknown. Hydrocodone increases Nopatic AUC values by 14%. The magnitude of interaction at other doses is not known.
Nopatic pharmacokinetics were determined in 48 pediatric subjects between the ages of 1 month and 12 years following a dose of approximately 10 mg/kg. Peak plasma concentrations were similar across the entire age group and occurred 2 to 3 hours postdose. In general, pediatric subjects between 1 month and 60 mL/min) to 52 hours (creatinine clearance 60 mL/min group) to about 10 mL/min (
Q: My father-in-law had open-heart surgery 14 years ago. He now has congestive heart failure and suffers chronic leg pain. He's heard from a friend that Nopatic works for the pain. Could this be a safe treatment for him?
A: Neurontin (Nopatic) is an anticonvulsant. It's used to treat seizures and also nerve pain from shingles. Common side effects of Neurontin include dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, blurred vision, dry mouth, headache, diarrhea, and constipation. For more information on Neurontin, go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Nopatic. Do not use Neurontin for a condition for which it was not prescribed. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor, particularly before taking any action. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD