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Q. Is it safe to take Gabapentin for diabetic neuropathy?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 12, 2020 and last reviewed on: Apr 08, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am a 52-year-old male with a weight of 80 kilograms. I am diabetic. My doctor advised me to take Gabapentin NT 400 for neuropathy. Previously, I was taking Pregabalin 150 mg. On seeing some reviews online, I found that ninety percent of patients are against taking Gabapentin. It causes confusion in me and so I am willing to have a second opinion. Kindly advise.

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Gabapentin is more potent than Pregabalin. It is an excellent drug. The possible side effect is dizziness. As you have taken Pregabalin 150 mg previously and so Gabapentin suits you. Gabapentin NT contains Nortryptilline which helps with neuropathic pain. Most of the diabetologist prefer it. I suggest you start taking it and if there are any adverse effects, then we can go for other options. There are no other options other than Pregabalin or Gabapentin for diabetic neuropathy.


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