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Gabapentin was originally developed as an anticonvulsant medication and, over time, has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including seizures, diabetic neuropathy, restless legs syndrome, postherpetic neuralgia, and fibromyalgia. Gabapentin is often used to treat acute or chronic pain associated with many of these conditions, which can help improve a patient’s quality of life. Gabapentin has also been used in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders; however, there are no formal randomized controlled trials on this topic. Gabapentin use can produce side effects such as somnolence, dizziness, ataxia, drowsiness, and fatigue.
Identify the uses of gabapentin for the treatment of seizure disorders, pain management, and restless leg syndrome
Describe the basic pharmacological profile, use, and clinical outcomes of gabapentin treatment
Describe the potential contraindications and side effects
Identify drug overdose and the use of drug tapering to discontinue gabapentin
II. History of the Drug
III. Clinical Pharmacology
1. Mechanism of Action
3. Other Drugs Commonly Used to Treat Similar Pain
IV. Labeled and Off-label Uses for Gabapentin
1. Labeled Uses
2. Off-Label Uses
V. Administration and Dosage
1. Formulations and Strengths
2. Significant Warnings/Precautions
3. Adverse Reactions
4. Drug Interactions
5. Specific Populations
6. Lookalike/Soundalike Concerns
7. Storage and Handling
VI. Postmarketing Clinical Studies
1. Postherpetic Neuralgia
2. Restless Legs Syndrome
3. Diabetic Neuropathy
5. Mood Disorders/Depression/Anxiety
6. Dystonias in Children
VII. Gabapentin Misuse
VIII. Gabapentin Overdose
1. Symptoms of Gabapentin Overdose
2. Risks Associated with Prescribing Gabapentin with Opioids
IX. Overdose Treatment
X. Withdrawal from Gabapentin
XI. Case Study: Gabapentin Withdrawal
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Faculty Planner Disclosure
The following individuals were involved in the development of this activity: Susan DePasquale, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Amanda Mayer, PharmD, Jeff Goldberg, PharmD, BCPP, and Steve Malen, PharmD. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.
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- Activity Release Date: 8/24/2022
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