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2 Medications Added to the FDA watch List
TDXSP08 posted:
The FDA has added to the Watch list two other products that are occasionally prescribed in pain conditions. Forest Pharmaceutical's milnacipran (Savella), used in the management of fibromyalgia, has been identified as a drug that needs to be monitored for the potential of incurring homicidal ideation. Pfizer's gabapentin (Neurontin) has been reportedly linked to an increase in blood creatine phosphokinase levels and rhabdomyolysis. The FDA will continue to monitor these drugs through the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) before determining if they are truly associated with a health risk.
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trs1960 responded:
I've taken a lot of gabepentin, but quit taking it about 3-4 years ago. Hopefully no damage. I did come down with hypothyroidizm. don't know if it's linked to any use of meds or not though?
annette030 replied to trs1960's response:
I have taken gabapentin daily for nearly 15 years, no problems yet, my doc does blood tests including a CPK regularly.

Do you have any links to articles about those things?

Take care, Annette
annette030 replied to annette030's response:
I did try by going to the FDA website and did not find this info, where did you find it?

Take care, Annette
cweinbl responded:
Neurontin (Gabapentin) has been widely prescribed for many years as designed (as an anti-convulsant). In more recent years it has also been widely prescribed, along with Lyrica, for neuropathic pain. I have neither heard nor read anything about such dangers. Can you please provide citations to this in reputable medical and scientific journals, as wel as the FDA report?
kittywink replied to cweinbl's response:
my husband was started on Neurontin less than a month ago. He had an office appt 5 days ago-Wednesday and has a history of Rhabdo. He was told on Wed that his creat was a little high and to drink more fluid. By Friday night he was wheezing in his sleep and was hoarse and felt very bad. On Sunday we figured out it was the Neurontin.
annette030 replied to kittywink's response:
All drugs work differently for different people. I am so sorry that your husband reacted this way. I assume he is off of it by now, how is he doing? Any permanent damage?

Is he taking something else now?

Take care, Annette

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