Does Gabapentin thin your blood? 

Does Gabapentin thin your blood? 

No, Gabapentin does not cause blood thinning. Blood-related side effects are not reported in clinical trials and are not listed as side effects of Gabapentin. Even in rare cases, Gabapentin is not known for thinning your blood or affecting your platelets in any way. 

Gabapentin does cause hypotension or low blood pressure in some people, but that’s not common either. The only way Gabapentin affects your blood is by causing an allergic reaction, which is an extremely rare condition and such people can’t continue using Gabapentin (1,2). 

In normal practice, the blood thinning effect is not reported and no patient has ever mentioned it. Blood thinning is common with some antidepressants, and medications like anticoagulants and Aspirin are used for that purpose – which are not related to Gabapentin or how this medication works.

However, every individual is different and responds differently to medications. Gabapentin is not an easy medication and not everyone can bear it. 

If you think Gabapentin is affecting your blood in some way, talk to your healthcare provider. Your doctor may ask to run some tests to check the thickness of your blood and the overall quantity of your blood cells to monitor your haematological functions. 

If something is not up to the mark, your doctor will determine the next step to restore your health. Make sure you don’t stop using Gabapentin without consulting your doctor first. 

What side effects are common with Gabapentin?

Gabapentin, although it does not cause blood thinning, is associated with a number of side effects and is considered one of the most dangerous medications if not taken properly. 

Some of the common and rare side effects of Gabapentin include (3,4):

  • Xerostomia or dry mouth 
  • Weight gain 
  • Dizziness 
  • Somnolence
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Headache
  • Vision problems 
  • Cloudy mind
  • Fatigue
  • Tremors 
  • Confusion
  • Joint pain 
  • Difficulty in remembering things
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Low heart rate
  • Unsteadiness
  • Muscle twitching 
  • Back pain
  • Increased appetite 

Some serious and rare side effects include:

  • Suicidal behaviour 
  • Impaired motor coordination 
  • Thrombocytopenia or decreased levels of platelets
  • Water retention
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Convulsions 
  • Swelling or tenderness in different parts of the body.
  • Allergic reaction associated with symptoms like redness of the skin, itching, burning sensation, blisters, blue-purple patches, tightness of chest, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, hoarseness etc. 

It’s important to remember that not everyone will experience these side effects, and some side effects may be more or less severe than others. If you are concerned about any side effects while taking gabapentin, it’s best to discuss them with your healthcare professional. 

Final words

To sum up, Gabapentin does not make your blood thinner. If you are experiencing such a side effect, there could be other factors contributing to it or another underlying cause that might not be linked to the medication or your mental health condition.

Your doctor will properly evaluate your symptoms, diagnose the underlying cause of blood thinning, and will determine the best course of action. Make sure you don’t stop taking Gabapentin without consulting your doctor first. 

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