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Gabapentin comes in a capsule or in tablet form too. It is an extended-release (long-acting) tablet and an oral solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It comes in many different colors and shapes to describe the color of the medication. It is not an opioid or painkiller, Gabapentin is commonly used to treat some types of nerve pain. It is also known as a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) analog. It works by affecting chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures. It is not a federally controlled drug substance and does not contain an opioid (narcotic) medication. Swallow tablets whole with a full glass of water, do not chew or break it. Do not overdose on it, it can be harmful for you. If you accidentally take a double dose then contact your doctor immediately. In the case that your doctor prescribes gabapentin to treat PHN or seizures, your dosage will likely be started low and increased gradually over time. You should know that gabapentin is available in different forms that may be prescribed for different uses. Ask your doctor to be sure that you are not taking other pills that contain gabapentin. It also has some side effects including Feeling tired, Dizziness, Headache, Nausea, vomiting, Fever, Difficulty speaking, Recurring infections, Memory loss, and Weight gain.