Active Ingredient: Gabapentin
However, the trials investigating gabapentin as monotherapy have shown mixed results.
For gabapentin, unlike disulfiram and naltrexone, there is no need for hepatic dose adjustments. Specifically, gabapentin was found to be superior to the benzodiazepine lorazepam in the treatment of outpatients with moderate alcohol withdrawal.
Gabapentin in the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression Gabapentin is rarely prescribed for patients with only anxiety disorder but is commonly prescribed for patients with bipolar disorder to reduce anxiety levels. It is also used in patients who have anxiety and depression.
Since anxiety is the coping skill, there is no drug to treat anxiety, but the medications used for this purpose make it possible to live at the moment, and this gives patients a chance to undergo anxiety treatment with non-pharmaceuticals.
Even though the studies show that gabapentin is ineffective in the treatment of bipolar disorder, a case-control study with 60 patients in an acute phase of mania, had a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety with lithium and 900 mg of gabapentin.
A study of 153 patients who responded to the initial treatment of 450 mg per day for maintenance treatment of social anxiety disorder.
In a randomized, double-blind study, with 130 patients that had under eye surgery, a one-time dose of 600 mg gabapentin significantly reduced the perioperative anxiety in comparison to a placebo.
However, there was no major difference in comparison to melatonin.
Recently, gabapentin has been systemically evaluated in the management of diabetic neuropathy. In 1998, Rowbotham and research team, conclude that in 229 postherpetic neuralgia patients, gabapentin had greater pain reduction as early as 2 weeks after initiating the treatment.
If you break a tablet and take one half of it, take the other half at your next dose. Any tablet that has been broken should be used as soon as possible or within a few days. Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon.
If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Neurontin can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests.