Gabapentin Lawsuit: How to Join


In recent years, there has been a surge in lawsuits related to the prescription medication gabapentin. Gabapentin, also known by its brand name Neurontin, is commonly prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy, neuropathic pain, and other conditions. However, some individuals who have taken gabapentin have experienced adverse effects and believe they have grounds for legal action. If you or someone you know has been affected by gabapentin and are considering joining a lawsuit, this article will provide you with essential information and guidance on how to proceed.

Gabapentin is a prescription medication that was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 for the treatment of epilepsy. Over time, it has gained popularity for its off-label uses in managing various conditions such as chronic pain, migraines, and anxiety disorders. However, concerns have arisen regarding the drug’s safety and potential side effects, leading to a significant number of lawsuits against the manufacturers and distributors of gabapentin.

Understanding Gabapentin and its Uses

Gabapentin belongs to a class of medications known as anticonvulsants. It works by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain to reduce seizure activity and alleviate pain. Doctors commonly prescribe gabapentin for epilepsy, diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, and other nerve-related disorders. It is essential to note that gabapentin is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions, although it may be prescribed off-label for such purposes.

Allegations and Claims Against Gabapentin

In recent years, individuals who have taken gabapentin have filed lawsuits, alleging that the drug caused severe side effects, including suicidal thoughts, birth defects, and other complications. These lawsuits claim that the manufacturers of gabapentin failed to warn patients adequately about these potential risks. Some lawsuits also accuse the manufacturers of engaging in misleading marketing practices and promoting off-label uses without sufficient evidence of efficacy and safety.

Types of Lawsuits Involving Gabapentin

There are different types of lawsuits related to gabapentin, including individual lawsuits, class action lawsuits, and multidistrict litigation (MDL). Individual lawsuits involve a single plaintiff seeking compensation for the specific damages caused by gabapentin. Class action lawsuits involve a group of individuals with similar claims against the manufacturers. MDL consolidates multiple individual lawsuits into one federal court for more efficient handling.

Factors to Consider Before Joining a Gabapentin Lawsuit

Before deciding to join a gabapentin lawsuit, several factors need to be carefully considered. These factors include the severity of the side effects experienced, the strength of the available evidence linking the side effects to gabapentin, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, and the potential compensation that may be awarded. Consulting with an experienced attorney who specializes in pharmaceutical litigation is crucial in assessing the viability of your case.

Finding a Reputable Attorney

To navigate the complexities of a gabapentin lawsuit, it is essential to find a reputable attorney who has experience in handling similar cases. Seek out attorneys or law firms that specialize in pharmaceutical litigation or personal injury claims related to medications. Research their track record, client testimonials, and expertise in the field. Schedule consultations with potential attorneys to discuss the details of your case and assess their suitability for representing your interests.

Gathering Evidence and Documentation

Building a strong case requires gathering relevant evidence and documentation to support your claims. This may include medical records, prescription history, pharmacy records, photographs of injuries or birth defects, and any correspondence with healthcare providers regarding gabapentin side effects. It is vital to preserve all relevant documents and maintain detailed records of your experiences, symptoms, and medical treatments related to gabapentin.

Joining a Class Action Lawsuit vs. Filing an Individual Lawsuit

When considering legal action related to gabapentin, you have the option to join an existing class action lawsuit or file an individual lawsuit. Joining a class action lawsuit can provide strength in numbers and shared legal costs but may result in a lower individual compensation amount. Filing an individual lawsuit allows for more individualized compensation but may involve higher costs and a longer legal process. Consult with your attorney to determine the best course of action for your specific circumstances.

The Legal Process and Timeline

The legal process for gabapentin lawsuits can be lengthy and complex. It typically involves filing a complaint, the discovery phase, negotiations, and, if necessary, trial proceedings. The timeline for resolution varies depending on factors such as the court’s caseload, the number of parties involved, and the complexity of the case. It is crucial to be patient and prepared for a potentially extended legal journey while your attorney advocates on your behalf.

Potential Compensation and Settlements

If a lawsuit is successful, potential compensation can vary widely based on factors such as the severity of the harm caused, the extent of medical treatment required, and the impact on the plaintiff’s quality of life. Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. Settlements are often reached before a trial, but the specific terms and amounts vary from case to case. Your attorney will work to negotiate the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Risks and Challenges in Gabapentin Lawsuits

It is essential to be aware of the risks and challenges involved in gabapentin lawsuits. The pharmaceutical industry has significant resources and legal teams that vigorously defend against claims. Proving causation between gabapentin and specific side effects can be challenging, requiring expert testimony and extensive medical evidence. Additionally, each lawsuit’s outcome depends on the unique circumstances and merits of the individual case. Understanding these risks and challenges is crucial when embarking on a legal journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I join a gabapentin lawsuit if I haven’t experienced any side effects?

A: Yes, you may still be eligible to join a lawsuit if you have taken gabapentin and believe the manufacturers did not provide adequate warnings or engaged in misleading marketing practices.

Q: How long do I have to file a gabapentin lawsuit?

A: The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit varies by jurisdiction. It is advisable to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure your case is within the allowable timeframe.

Q: Is it necessary to have taken gabapentin for a specific duration before joining a lawsuit?

A: There is no specific duration requirement to join a gabapentin lawsuit. If you believe you have suffered harm as a result of taking the medication, you should consult with an attorney to evaluate your case.

Q: Can I switch attorneys if I am not satisfied with the one I initially hired?

A: Yes, you have the right to switch attorneys if you are not satisfied with their representation. However, it is crucial to consider the potential impact on your case and consult with new attorneys before making a decision.

Q: Will joining a gabapentin lawsuit guarantee compensation?

A: Joining a gabapentin lawsuit does not guarantee compensation. The outcome depends on various factors, including the strength of the evidence, the merits of the case, and the negotiations or trial proceedings.


The rise in gabapentin lawsuits highlights the concerns surrounding the medication’s safety and potential side effects. If you believe you have been adversely affected by gabapentin, it is crucial to seek legal guidance from a qualified attorney. They can assess your case, navigate the legal process, and advocate for your rights. Remember, each case is unique, so it is essential to consult with a professional to determine the best course of action based on your circumstances.

35 thoughts on “Gabapentin Lawsuit: How to Join

  1. I have liver damage due to the drug gabapinten now for two years now have had a heart attack due to the problems from my liver

    1. I can’t spell. When I am talking I for get what I was talking about all the time. My brain is like their is a block in it. I can’t read sometimes. Remembering what people saying things all the time. My memory is bad because of thawing this drug. Please call me 8145988081.

      1. I have that very same problem also I seem to have developed some kind of lung problem. Have you heard of anybody from any lawyers about it if so could you refer them to me my phone number is 419-584-xxxx

    2. I was given Gabapentin for pain of neuropathy and it caused severe weakness, dizziness and eventually I was passing out. I was hurt badly on one episode of fainting as I smashed my face into a door and was bleeding badly. I knew that this started when I was taking this drug. I had to have a loop recorder put in my chest to monitor my heart to make sure it was not because of something else. When I stopped the drug the symptoms went away but I have the recorder in my chest. At the time if I did not have it surgically inserted in my chest I was told that I would have my driver’s license taken away so I had no choice. This was all because of Gabapentin

      1. I too have been well I’ve been getting close to passing out several times just started recently in the last couple months. I’m also falling into the walls when I walk down the hallway and stuff like that in different places at different times it’s not every minute of the day but it’s happening to frequently for me if you found out any information about the lawyers for the class action lawsuit give me a call at 419-584-xxxx

      2. Gabapentin, has called me to not to remember things. Have a shortness of breath, I must have stayed tight. My mouth stay dry. It is hard to focus on anything. This is just a few other things that gabapentin has done to me.

    3. Ive taken gabapentin for over 20 years. I have experienced depression with thoughts of suicide. Multiple infections including sepsis 5 or 6 times. Addiction to gabapentin & opioid pain meds. Just finally quit gabapentin & that was horrible. Vomiting, sweats & 8-10 sleepless nights. And come to find out gabapentin did not help my pain at all. I still have the same condition that I was originally prescribed gabapentin. I feel like a guinea pig that has been tested on.

      1. Well I’m still taking Gabapentin I have not taken it as long as you have I have been taking it for a couple 3 years now and I have thought about suicide a few times life is just not the same anymore I don’t even leave the house very rarely anymore only to get food and that’s it for the most part. Depression has gotten worse since I started this medicine. But it has stopped my diabetic nerve pain it has stuffed my restless leg syndrome it does make me a little drowsy but I can force myself through that. I do not sleep very well I’m up every hour mostly the other half of the time I’m up every 2 hours of the night and I don’t believe I even get any restful type of sleep I can wake up in the morning after 4:00 maybe 5 hours of sleep and waking up every hour or every two hours during that time frame I’m ready to go back to bed after 1 or 2 hours of being up.

  2. I stopped taking Gabapentin because it caused me to feel sleepy & dizzy along with weight gain. In September 22, I began taking one pill at night. I still felt sleepy, dizzy and couldn’t loose weight. In February 23, I stopped taking Gabapentin. A week later, I began having terrible stomach pains that turned into spasms. The spasms were so severe, I went to the emergency room twice. I am still experiencing these symptoms. Could this be withdrawal. No one told me that this medication was addictive.

  3. Is this lawsuit still going on. I took gabapentin and neurontin for neuropathy due to failed back surgery’s and when tried to stop medicine due to side effects of memory loss and started to have seizures due to extreme withdraws.

  4. I have taken Gabs for about 12 yrs and have experienced suicidal thoughts and emotional disruptions as well as elevated liver enzymes and respiratory illnesses ..

  5. I have blurred vision and had to order special glasses because my peripheral vision is damaged. Brain fog, no energy, the worst, my dental decay, and my teeth, breaking off at the gumline. From many years, using gabapentin, my body is poisoned!

  6. My daughter, age 32, was prescribed 100mg Gabapentin X 2 /day by her psychiatrist for anxiety in October 2022. My daughter felt dizziness and fatigue, experienced paranoid thoughts of someone trying to harm her throughout December. She committed suicide by hanging on December 30, 2022. Gabapentin was the only drug found in the toxicology report from the coroner. Gabapentin has no black box duty to warn about the suicidal ideation. None of us knew.

  7. I immediately had memory loss while taking gabapentin. I could not find simple words to make complete sentences and experienced blurry vision. My neurologist told me to stop it ASAP. I still have both issues years after stopping this horrible medication. I need to join this lawsuit.

  8. I’ve been taking gabapentin 300 mg 2 pills at 4/day for at least 8-10 years. I have vision problems, swollen optic nerve, blurry vision even with glasses and after cataract surgery. I also have severe memory issues and brain fog that I contributed to fibromyalgia. I have severe depression that no drug has been able to help with, suicidal ideations. All of these things I contributed to other things I now believe is the gabapentin. Which btw I read now I should not be taking with opioids which I take 15 mg oxycodone 3 times a day. So my breathing problems may very well be caused by this instead of the copd I’ve been diagnosed with. So I definitely want to be added to the lawsuit.

  9. I was taking Gabapentin for diabetic neuropathy and I kept passing out. I ended up passing out and breaking both my feet and my left ankle within little over a year.

  10. Good afternoon I was taking gabapentin and Baclofen for a long period of time for MS and developed some severe issues I can not longer focus or think I forget everything and have foggy head daily. Along with other issues my whole head is numbered constantly I am always tired and yet I have a hard time sleeping and I have these severe pains daily in my head that have become very uncomfortable. I did not think anything until my friend and boyfriend mentioned that I should look into side effects and or lawsuits with these drugs. Can someone contact me if there is anything that can be done please.

  11. Iv been talking Gabapentin for 5 to 6 yrs for pain I was taking 3x 800mlg a day.Talk to my Pain Dr about how it was effecting me especially at work so took 2 pills 800 mil at night still messed with my head took my self off.I do stupid things forget what I’m doing can’t get my messages across when talking I call it Gabapentin brain.

  12. I’m curious if there is a current class action lawsuit involving gabapentin for memory loss, restless leg syndrome and breathing problems?

  13. I was put on gabapentin initially for nerve pain do to an accident then later my mental health doc put me on gabapentin for anxiety/stress, after being on it for a couple months I started feeling suicidal, I had started passing out from time to time, I have experienced memory loss way beyond average, and now for several months I have had a lot of trouble breathing and have had blurred vision who do I need to contact to see if my case is one I need to move forward with?

  14. I have been taking Gabapentin for years. It seemed to help relieve some of the pain (back, neck and shoulder damage from an auto accident), but I’d experience drowsiness, sleepiness, being forgetful, and eventually, my hair had fallen out. I told my doctor about the symptoms and he said that he wasn’t aware of those side effects….Well, I stopped taking Gabapentin and my hair grew back, and my memory has improved. My doctor began prescribing me Ibuprofen.

  15. My mother has been Gabapentin. I told them to stop giving it to her. It make her in up back in hospital cause she can’t talk and with pneumonia. Make act not her self

  16. Looking to find information on Gabapentin lawsuits, have been on Gabapentin for 5+ years and it has caused significant memory loss

  17. Has anybody at all know the lawyers that are in this are handling this class action lawsuit how do I find out about this please call me at 419-584-xxxx

  18. I feel the exact same way, I know what I want to say, but can’t think of the right words. I put things down then instantly forget where, I am absolutely lost all the time and out of focus, and it has affected me at work, home, while driving, walking, eating, sleeping, I am depressed all the time, I cannot stop losing weight, I absolutely fucking hate it, and I get suicidal thoughts, sometimes I really think about doing other people harm. I’m on 2400 mg a day right now, and I keep getting worse, but feel like I need to keep taking it, Gabapentin has REALLY messed me up!!

  19. I was put on a combination of 600 mg gabapentin 2x a day 15 mg Meloxicam 1x per day and 10 mg baclofen 1 x per day for 12 years for pain related to spinal stenosis,osteo arthritis and neuropathy I had to quit taking it because I couldn’t even perform basic daily functions I am still suffering severe memory loss and brain fog as a result I’m not sure if it’s permanent or not

  20. My husband has been getting prescribed gabapentin for neuropathy pain although he has COPD so it really shortened his breathing as well as made him extremely dizzy. He’s fell several times. He’s hurt his ribs. He’s hurt his head and he’s hurt his back. He now suffers from back pain as well. I think he has a herniated disc from falling. The gabapentin helped his neuropathy pain at his distal lands like his hands and his feet, but the damage that it caused due to his falls and his breathing way outweighed the benefits.

  21. i have been told i have Glaucoma, no one in my family has ever had it, they say in one eye i have lost 65 percent… was on the med for about 2 years.. called Dr got “sorry about that”

  22. I have been taking Gabapentin for well over a year. I have the best memory ever until I started prescribed this . I have huge anxiety that has caused many respiratory problems. I have never been so depressed I can’t imagine a person being so depressed and tired all the time. Not a day goes by that I do not have some sort of anxiety breakdown. I am worried for any long term affects any labs would turn up about my organs and blood counts. God help us all . Not to mention my eyesight has deteriorated so bad especially driving. Driving at nite is out . I’m very concerned

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