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A Guide to Gabapentin - Neurotin for Dogs and Cats Option

How this Pharmaceutical Can Help Ward off Epileptic Seizures

By Sam Bourne. September 16, 2013

indications for Gabapentin

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication that works by enhancing the release and action of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), which is a chief inhibitory neurotransmitter that plays a major role in regulating nervous impulses, which, in turn, are a major cause of seizures. Usually taken in a cocktail of other anticonvulsant medications, Gabapentin is a key ingredient for many pets trying to live with epilepsy.

Precautions

Since this drug is designed for use in humans, its use in pets is considered “extra-label,” but can be legally prescribed by a veterinarian. However, because of this, its usage in pets has not been extensively studied, meaning that this drug should be taken with caution, and possibly at a reduced dosage.

Gabapentin should not be taken with antacids, since the bioavailability of gabapentin is decreased when taken with antacids. Taking with Hydrocodone might increase the efficacy of gabapentin, along with adverse side effects associated with gabapentin. Taking with morphine can increase gabapentin levels.

Dosage

Since gabapentin is an extra label veterinary medication, you should follow your vet’s specific direction, since dosages can vary depending on your pets size, species, breed, weight, and age.

Side Effects

Sudden withdrawal should be avoided, as this can cause adverse effects. While specific veterinary studies are not available, humans taking gabapentin experience CNS depression, sedation, dizziness, sleepiness, and peripheral edema.

Brand/Generic equivalents

Neurotonin

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Gabapentin at a glance

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  • 1For dogs and cats
  • 2An anticonvulsant drug
  • 3Taken orally
  • 4Treats epilepsy and prevent seizures