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Can gabapentin affect mental health?

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant, it helps control seizures in patients with epilepsy. These medicines decrease unusual electrical activity in the brain. Therefore, yes, gabapentin may affect your mental health. Before taking this drug, discuss risks with your doctor. Contact your doctor about any changes in behavior or mood. These include:

• Panic attacks
• Agitation
• Irritability
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Sleep problems
• Aggressive, angry or violent behavior
• Mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood)
• Withdrawing from friends and family
• Preoccupation with death and dying

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