Anticonvulsant/Antineuralgic Flashcards


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Drug Class of Gabapentin

Anticonvulsant/Antineuralgic

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Gabapentin

  1. Neurontin
  2. Gralise
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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.

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FDA Indications of Gabapentin

  • Partial seizure (Adjunct Therapy)
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia (Neuropathy)
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Most Common Adverse Effects of Gabapentin

  • Somnolence (excess sleepiness)
  • Dizziness
  • Ataxia (impaired coordination)
  • Fatigue
  • Viral Disease
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Patient Counseling Tips

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Patients taking Gabapentin should be advised that they should take caution when operating machinery or when mental alertness is required because Gabapentin causes _________.

Drowsiness

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Patients taking Gabapentin should be advised to NOT discontinue drug abruptly because of risk of increased _________ frequency.

Seizure

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Patients should be tapered off of Gabapentin over a ____ week period.

1 week