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I have read that muscle twitches are an uncommon side effect

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I have read that muscle twitches are an uncommon side effect of Neurontin. However, it is not uncommon when it happens to you. In this case, the Neurontin is being used by psychiatry to treat anxiety. The Neurontin is not being used to treat any neurological disorders.
1. Can the muscle twitches become permanent?
2. Is magnesium a good treatment? If yes, what dose should be used?
Also -
Regarding Neurontin withdrawal.
Can Neurontin withdrawal cause seizures, in a person that does not have a seizure history?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  dr abid replied 2 years ago.

Hi there ...

Regarding your questions about Neurontin ...

Muscle twitches are the temporary side effects of Neurontin and it is highly unlikely that it become permanent , treatment is to stop the drug , Magnesium is not helpful for that unless drug is not withdrawn .

Dose depends on underlying medical illness , for Neuropathies , for Post herpetic neuralagia different dose is advised .

Withdrawal is just seen in 2 percent of cases and fits can occur in few cases even in the absence of Epilepsy history because abrupt withdrawal disturbs levels of neurotransmitter in brain .

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