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Q. Can Neurontin be the reason for high WBC count?

Answered by
Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 22, 2016 and last reviewed on: Sep 19, 2018

Hi doctor,

My husband, who is 49, had blood work done. It shows a WBC count of 40,000, which has been checked twice now. His doctor wants to send him to see a specialist. He has had no recent infections. There is no change in his appetite and no weight loss. He feels fine.

He has been on Neurontin for 3-5 months now for neuralgia and in researching it; it says it can cause an increase in WBC count. He had been on Tegretol for neuralgia before. Could this cause it? Of course, our main concern is, could it be leukemia?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Based on your query, my opinion is as follows:

Yes, Neurontin - Gabapentin is known to cause high WBC (white blood cell) count. If there is no infection, then it is common to worry about leukemia when the WBC count is high. At present, the best idea is to get a peripheral blood smear report done.

If there is no increased immature form like blasts, then it is a Neurontin side effect. If immature blasts present, then he will require further evaluation.The cause is probably Neurontin; however, get a peripheral smear to calm your mind.

For further information consult a hematologist online -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/hematologist


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