Does Gabapentin cause horrible gas? 

Does Gabapentin cause horrible gas? 

Gabapentin can cause gas in some individuals. This is one of the most commonly reported side effects of this medication, among other side effects of gastrointestinal nature. 

Gabapentin can trap gasses in your stomach which can exert pressure and cause pain, bloating, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, etc. This medication is also known for causing acid reflux, which may make your gassy stomach much worse. 

However, these side effects are called ‘early side effects’ of Gabapentin and they begin to subside as your body adjusts to the medication. Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider if Gabapentin causes severe gas pain and avoid taking it on an empty stomach

What does research suggest?

Several studies have documented the occurrence of gastrointestinal side effects with Gabapentin use. These symptoms are generally mild to moderate in intensity and may improve over time as the body adjusts to the medication. 

However, in some cases, these symptoms can be bothersome and affect the quality of life for individuals taking Gabapentin (1,2). If you are experiencing gas or stomach disturbances while taking Gabapentin, it is advisable to discuss these symptoms with your healthcare provider. 

The experts also indicate that Gabapentin has various potential benefits in treating certain conditions, such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain, and anxiety disorders. (3,4)

The prescribing physicians should always consider the overall benefits and potential side effects of Gabapentin when determining the best treatment approach for your specific condition

What to do if Gabapentin causes horrible gas? 

There are a few things you can try to release the trapped gases in your stomach. These include:

  • OTC medications 
  • Take Gabapentin with meals
  • Don’t overfill your stomach
  • Avoid trigger foods
  • Try natural gas-relieving ingredients 

OTC medications 

You can try over-the-counter medications like Alka-Seltzer gas relief and Gas X to help relieve the trapped gases in your stomach. If your gas is paired with acid reflux, you can also take OTC acid reducers to dilute that strong stomach acid down. 

If you’re lactose intolerant and your gas pain is triggered after eating something with lactose in it, make sure you take Lactaid or dairy relief to prevent it. 

Take Gabapentin with meals 

Taking Gabapentin on an empty stomach may cause more intense gas and other gastrointestinal side effects, as the drug rapidly gets dissolved and starts to produce its effects. This can be prevented to some extent by taking your medication in between meals. 

Don’t overfill your stomach

Make sure you eat slowly and do not overfill your stomach. Eating heavy foods or too much food, in general, can put a lot of burden on your stomach to digest all of that. 

This can make your symptoms much worse, as the medication is already affecting your digestion and causing gases to get trapped inside your stomach. So it’s best to stick to lighter meals to help your stomach relax. 

Avoid trigger foods

Make sure you avoid trigger foods. There are a lot of foods that some people may find heavy on their stomachs. This can produce more gas, pain, and bloating. So it’s best to avoid trigger foods specific to you and stick to foods that are easy to digest. 

Try natural gas-relieving ingredients

There are plenty of natural gas-relieving ingredients, like fennel, peppermint, lemon, etc. These ingredients help you digest food more easily and generally facilitate the breakdown of food. 

If you find yourself gassier after meals, try making fennel tea with some fresh mint leaves. You can then add a few drops of lemon and some honey to taste. This refreshing tea can help release the trapped gases and aid digestion. 

Final words

To sum up, Gabapentin may cause gas and bloating during the early course of your treatment, but it eventually fades away. Meanwhile, you can use some natural or medicinal products to help you get rid of the trapped gases. 

However, if the side effect persists or starts to affect the quality of your life, it’s important to discuss it with your healthcare provider. 

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