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Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- A history of suicidal thoughts or actions
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Horizant and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Horizant and Breastfeeding).
How Does Gabapentin Enacarbil Work?It is not known exactly how this medication works to treat restless legs syndrome or postherpetic neuralgia. Preliminary data suggests that gabapentin enacarbil binds to certain parts of calcium channels in the central nervous system, and this may be how it works for RLS and postherpetic neuralgia.
- Gabapentin enacarbil comes in extended-release tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day, with food, at approximately 5 p.m. (for RLS) or twice a day (for postherpetic neuralgia).
- You must swallow the tablets whole; do not chew, cut, crush, or dissolve them, as this causes the medication to be released too quickly.
- For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.