Drug Class of Gabapentin
Mechanism of Action of Gabapentin
The exact MOA of Gabapentin is unknown.
NOTE: Gabapentin is structurally related to the GABA neurotransmitter but it does NOT interact with GABA receptors and is NOT and inhibitor of GABA uptake or degradation.
FDA Indications of Gabapentin
- Partial seizure (Adjunct Therapy)
- Postherpetic Neuralgia (Neuropathy)
Most Common Adverse Effects of Gabapentin
- Somnolence (excess sleepiness)
- Ataxia (impaired coordination)
- Viral Disease
Patient Counseling Tips
Patients taking Gabapentin should be advised that they should take caution when operating machinery or when mental alertness is required because Gabapentin causes _________.
Patients taking Gabapentin should be advised to NOT discontinue drug abruptly because of risk of increased _________ frequency.
Patients should be tapered off of Gabapentin over a ____ week period.