Is Neurontin an Nsaid?


on 1/22/10 8:58 pm - FRANKLIN, IN
One of my doctors just prescribed this for me. Is this an Nsaid? I"ve told him about having bariatric surgery(RNY) and that I can't take Nsaids, but sometimes doctors have prescribed stuff for me before that I wasn't supposed to have. He gave me some samples to start out with.

Ms. Cal Culator
on 1/22/10 9:07 pm - Tuvalu

Now don't get me have every right to ask this question here and to accept the word of a stranger--or a bunch of strangers--and make this health decision based on that.

OR, you could google the word and follow links to RELIABLE sources (pfizer, who makes the drug, or web md or the new york times) of information and see what the consensus is.  That would be the safer route.
Jacqueline F.
on 1/22/10 10:02 pm - Flagstaff, AZ
Any drug related questions like this would be better answered by your pharmasist. I take Neurontin aka Gambapentin... I have been told it is not an NSAID but again you should check with a pharmasist.
Jackie McGee
on 1/22/10 9:27 pm - PA
NSAIDs : non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


Aspirin (Anacin, Ascriptin, Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Excedrin)
Choline and magnesium salicylates (CMT, Tricosal, Trilisate)
Choline salicylate (Arthropan)
Celecoxib (Celebrex)
Diclofenac potassium (Cataflam)
Diclofenac sodium (Voltaren, Voltaren XR)
Diclofenac sodium with misoprostol (Arthrotec)
Diflunisal (Dolobid)
Etodolac (Lodine, Lodine XL)
Fenoprofen calcium (Nalfon)
Flurbiprofen (Ansaid)
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Motrin IB, Nuprin)
Indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR)
Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail)
Magnesium salicylate (Arthritab, Bayer Select, Doan's Pills, Magan, Mobidin, Mobogesic)
Meclofenamate sodium (Meclomen)
Mefenamic acid (Ponstel)
Meloxicam (Mobic)
Nabumetone (Relafen)
Naproxen (Naprosyn, Naprelan*)
Naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox)
Oxaprozin (Daypro)
Piroxicam (Feldene)
Rofecoxib (Vioxx)
Salsalate (Amigesic, Anaflex 750, Disalcid, Marthritic, Mono-Gesic, Salflex, Salsitab)
Sodium salicylate (various generics)
Sulindac (Clinoril)
Tolmetin sodium (Tolectin)
Valdecoxib (Bextra)

Note: Some products, such as Excedrin, are combination drugs (Excedrin is acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine).

Note that acetaminophen (Paracetamol; Tylenol) is not on this list. Acetaminophen belongs to a class of drugs called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). The exact mechanism of action of acetaminophen is not known. Acetaminophen relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold, that is, by requiring a greater amount of pain to develop before it is felt by a person. It reduces fever through its action on the heat-regulating center of the brain. Specifically, it tells the center to lower the body's temperature when the temperature is elevated. Acetaminophen relieves pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation, redness and swelling of the joint.
Paracetamol, unlike other common analgesics such as aspirin and ibuprofen, has no anti-inflammatory properties, and so it is not a member of the class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs.

* Naproxen Sodium
" Naprelan contains naproxen sodium, a member of the arylacetic acid group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)"
"The chemical name for naproxen sodium is 2-naphthaleneacetic acid, 6-methoxy-a-methyl-sodium salt, (S)."

Here's a link to the Wikipedia page: Click here!

I don't see it cited anywhere as an NSAID. My husband tells me that he took it for a few months and gained 80 lbs, so be careful. Also, look over the risks on the Wiki page I sent you to.

From Google:

Gabapentin (brand name Neurontin) is a GABA analogue. It was originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy, and currently, gabapentin is widely used to relieve pain, especially neuropathic pain.[2]

 Proud mama of Mischa and Gabriel, both born post-op.

Harlee J.
on 1/22/10 10:05 pm - Charlotte, NC
Neurontin is NOT one of the many NSAID medications. I am a RN 40yrs and had gastric bypass 12 yrs ago this coming Feb 4th. I do suggest though, that you ALWAYS carry an updated Google'd list of NSAIDs as some MDs consider some drugs a risk and one of those drugs is called TORADOL (ketoralac-generic). It is mostly given IM/IV for pain, so you would think it bypasses the stomach and won't cause GI bleeding, but 2 of my 4 MDs tell me NOT to take it AT ALL, as there have been GI bleeds associated with it IV and even IM. It recently is made PO (a pill) and absolutely I would never take it that way. You have to do your homework and carry a paper or some kind of info in your wallet from surgery on FOREVER.

OF NOTE: If you happen to have reflux/GERD before surgery, there's a chance it may get a bit worse after, make SURE that you tell not only your MD, but if you ever have any other surgeries, TELL THE SURGEON AND THE ANESTHESIA PERSON. Why?? Because they usually lie you flat on a table for surgery and if even with an endotracial tube in you might aspirate stomach contents into your lungs where it's NOT supposed to go.
There is a medication they can give you immediately before surgery BY MOUTH, to neutralize and further stop gastric secretion during any surgery. You really can't tell too many people things in hospitals these days. I'd much rather be called "silly" for telling each person who I came in contact with IN THE OR, then be on a ventilator or dead.

I wear a pretty 14 kt dog tag necklace charm that has a RED cross emblem on one side and says: SEE WALLET~Gastric Bypass Patient engraved on it. I keep allergies, when I had the surgery, what type it is, any complications in my wallet behind my driver's license so it can't be missed. As a ER RN we really DO look for things in people's wallets when they come in unconscious as we work on them. One person is dedicated to doing that you YOU stay safe.

Amalia S.
on 1/22/10 10:35 pm - Athens, Greece
OK I take A LOT of Neurontin for MS pain. I can't function without it. I'm having VSG in 4 days. What do you suggest I do from now on?

Over 110 lbs lost!! (Finally!)

Jackie McGee
on 1/22/10 10:56 pm - PA
The websites I went on suggested taking opiates like Vicodin instead of Neurontin.

 Proud mama of Mischa and Gabriel, both born post-op.

Harlee J.
on 1/22/10 10:58 pm - Charlotte, NC
Get with the MD who prescribes it to you and see what he wants you to do. Since it is NOT a NSAID, he may leave you on it, but HE, not I has to make that decision.
I wish you the best post op and in your life! If  I were you, I'd call him prior to the surgery and have him call the surgeon, as you will need Neurontin post op. It is my understanding that current thinking is that any "brain chemical" shouldn't be suddenly stopped, but tapered down if you are stopping it.
Andrea U.
on 1/23/10 6:11 am - Wilson, NC
I took it and did not have any weight gain.

Well.  I took it while pregnant and did not experience anything over what they didn't already expect.

on 1/23/10 9:01 am - Suffern, NY
There is nothing wrong with Neurontin, it is not an NSAID.  It is an Seizure medication used for many other things like nerve pain in shingles, sciatica and as you said MS.  If it is helping you, keep taking it.  It will not be affected by your surgery at all.


Jacqueline F.
on 1/23/10 10:42 am - Flagstaff, AZ
Neruontin is NOT an NSAID but confirm that with your Pharmasist...I too take a lot of Neurontin in a gell capsule form, because the pills are so large or in gell form, I didn't want to risk them getting caught blocking my pouch so I suggest you do what I did ... call your doctors up explain to him/her that your medications need to be in a chewable or liquid form and have him/her write you scripts for them.

CAUTION when doing this though, depending on your medication needs, you may not go back on all of them post surgery so I suggest you check with the doc's to see what you will likely keep and what you will not in order to avoid spending money on unnecessary Prescriptions.
on 1/23/10 5:22 am - winnipeg, Canada
Wow, great info, thanks for posting such helpful tips!!
on 1/23/10 5:01 am
 Neurotin is a safe med for neuropathic pain. Try to avoid Narcotics. And stay away from goofy websites. 
I have been on the neurotin for years and it has controled my pain and discomfort well. Take to your doctor or nurse if you have more questions. IT is not a NSAID. I have been off my NSAID since before surgery and have been fine. Massages are also another good option for pain control. 
Hope this helps. 

Same days it doesn't pay to chew the restraints off...   

Andrea U.
on 1/23/10 6:12 am - Wilson, NC
Why avoid narcotics?

Some of us have to have them.

on 1/23/10 6:18 am - Dayton, OH
i got an rx for neurotrin but was avoiding it because i heard it can cause weight gain... any issues with this?   ive also been icing for pain... amazing how much it helps
Highest 406 / Surgery 391 / Lowest 196 / Current 219
Andrea U.
on 1/23/10 5:48 pm - Wilson, NC
I never had a problem with it, and I was on a high dose.
Jackie McGee
on 1/23/10 8:36 pm - PA
My husband was on it for severe nerve pain (almost ten years ago now) and gained 80+ lbs in just a few months. It also caused him to retain a lot of water in his lower legs, which he never had a problem with prior to the Neurontin.

 Proud mama of Mischa and Gabriel, both born post-op.

Harlee J.
on 1/23/10 6:30 am - Charlotte, NC
Sadly (MY opinion), we all must be our OWN advocate and watch out for our own care and our family"s. As great as Healthcare is, we are still pretty much #s...and do not think medical professionals get any better treatment!
My own family MD, AND a colleague, insisted that LODINE was NOT a NSAID & I took it. Three days later I had a GI bleed of my tiny pouch>>>GRRRRR! Had to be admitted to ICU. I still told EVERY MD who walked in, I HAVE HAD GASTRIC BYPASS SURGEY, to make sure they knew WHICH procedure and WHY I was upset. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. (and I did look up the Lodine as it was new at the time and no info avail in 1998 online that fast-plus it was probably the size of my fairly new pouch).
At this time, MDs are more knowledgible about gastric bypass surgeries, but I still say DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK...the internet is a wonderful thing!
on 1/23/10 9:04 am - Suffern, NY
Neurontin is perfectly safe.  It is not an NSAID. It is a seizure medication used for treating all sorts of pain - mostly nerve pain associated with shingles, sciatica etc.



on 1/23/10 5:10 pm - FRANKLIN, IN
Thanks for your replies and all the information every one. I checked with the pharmacist at our local 24 hr. drugstore(it was late) and he said it was not an Nsaid, but this pharmacy is not the best so I wanted to get a second opinion. I just started taking this last night, so I don't really know how it's going to work out. I am very sensitive to medications, so my experience may not be typical. My neurologist wants me to take 1 600 mg. tablet at bedtime for 2 wks. then take 1 in the morning and 1 at bedtime for 2 wks., then 1 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon, and 1 at bedtime for 2 wks. At the end of the six weeks he wants to see me again to see how I am doing. He wants me to take it this way so that I get used to it slowly. He said that it can make you dizzy and drowsey at first. Well, I took it last night (kind of late, I wanted to be able to watch Conan's last night on the Tonight Show). It took forever to kick in. I thought my doctor was dead wrong, as I didn't get sleepy for the longest time. I finally did go to sleep, and I slept like the dead! I was expecting a phone call in the morning, so I put the phone on my bed right beside my pillow. Well, I did not wake up until 2pm. today, and I had 2 phone calls on my answering machine. I never heard the phone ring, and my phone is loud and was right beside my head! Since I have been up I feel kind of slow, fuzzy headed kind of like hung over. Lesson learned! I'm taking this stuff EARLY tonight. I really do not like my head feeling all messed up. Hopfully I will adjust to this and that will go away, I won't gain any weight, and it will help my pain. I had many steroid injections, extensive spinal surgery on my neck(fused at C4, C5, C6, and C7), and was better for a while. Some of my pain has returned, so hopefully I will be able to tolerate this medication and it will help my pain. I hate this! I had such high hopes that the neck surgery would fix my problem and that I would be able to exercise and maybe even go back to work in some capacity. I am soo depressed. And yeah I'm on an anti-depressant.  Again, thanks for the info. I copied the list of Nsaids to have on hand .Wish me luck guys!