How many health condition can Gabapentin used for ?

There are a lot of off label usage of Gabapentin.

Gabapentin Usage

Gabapentin is widely used in the United States for a number of off-label indications, often as an alternative to opioid therapy. Increasing evidence has emerged suggesting that gabapentin may not be as benign as once thought and may be associated with substance abuse in concert with opioids.

With concerns for safety mounting, it is prudent to examine the efficacy of gabapentin across its many uses to understand the risk-benefit balance. Reviews on off-label indications such as migraine, fibromyalgia, mental illness, and substance dependence have found modest to no effect on relevant clinical outcomes.

This high-quality evidence has often been overshadowed by uncontrolled studies and limited case reports. Furthermore, the involvement of gabapentin in questionable marketing schemes further calls its use into question. Overall, clinicians should exercise rigorous appraisal of the available evidence for a given indication, and researchers should conduct larger, higher-quality studies to better assess the efficacy of Gabapentin for many of its off-label uses.

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Use only the brand and form of gabapentin that your doctor has prescribed. Check your medicine each time you get a refill at the pharmacy, to make sure you have received the correct form of this medication. Do not stop taking Gabapentin unless your doctor tells you to. If your treatment is stopped it should be done gradually over a minimum of 1 week. If you stop taking gabapentin suddenly or before your doctor tells you, there is an increased risk of seizures.

 

Off-label prescription use and gabapentin’s reputation

Even before gaining recent attention for its role in the opioid epidemic, gabapentin had acquired something of a dubious reputation.

While initially only approved for seizures and neuropathic pain, it was widely prescribed and marketed for other conditions and symptoms. Those include bipolar disorder, migraines, insomnia, and anxiety.

It’s also sometimes prescribed for chronic pain.

Pfizer, the developer of gabapentin, was involved in a lawsuit over their marketing of the drug for these off-label treatments.

The company eventually paid out more than $400 million in 2004 to settle fraudulent claims it made about the drug’s uses.

It’s common and legal for some drugs to be prescribed off-label. However, it’s illegal for drug companies to market drugs to treat unapproved conditions.

Gabapentin has several potential therapeutic uses and may represent a safer option versus alternative agents in some of these indications, so the intent of this analysis is not to condemn its use.

However, it is prudent to recognize that gabapentin has seen high rates of off-label use and increased prescribing in recent years, which fails to align with current evidence regarding efficacy. Indeed, most of the evidence for off-label use is limited to a few small, low-quality studies, often with data only weakly supporting use.

Higher quality evidence, which indicates gabapentin nonefficacy, is often lost in the shuffle. Given the increasing reports of abuse and evidence of potential harms associated with gabapentin use, it is important to realize the potential risks associated with this medication and weigh these risks against this lack of reliable evidence purporting its efficacy for many of its off-label uses.

Thus, we urge clinicians to apply a more stringent appraisal of the available evidence for a given indication when prescribing gabapentin off-label and call for larger, higher-quality studies to be conducted to better assess the efficacy of gabapentin for many of its off-label uses.

 

Gabapentin Usage for Alcohol disorder and Alcohol withdrawal

Gabapentin Usage for Alcohol disorder and Alcohol withdrawal

Alcohol use disorder, moderate to severe (alternative agent)

Data from randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies support the use of gabapentin in the maintenance of abstinence in patients with alcohol use disorder.

Gabapentin for alcohol-withdrawal
Gabapentin for alcohol-withdrawal

 

Based on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) guidelines for the pharmacological treatment of patients with alcohol use disorder, gabapentin is suggested for patients with alcohol use disorder (moderate to severe) who want to decrease or abstain from use of alcohol and either prefer gabapentin or are unable to tolerate or are unresponsive to naltrexone and acamprosate .

Based on the VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for the management of substance use disorders, gabapentin given for moderate to severe alcohol use disorder is effective and suggested when first-line pharmacotherapy is contraindicated or ineffective.

Alcohol withdrawal, mild (alternative agent)

Data from a randomized, double-blind, active-controlled study support the use of gabapentin in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal.

Based on the VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for the management of substance use disorders, gabapentin given for mild alcohol withdrawal is effective and suggested when the risk of benzodiazepines outweigh the benefits (eg, inadequate monitoring available, abuse liability, contraindication, adverse reaction).

How many Health conditions does Gabapentin can treat ?

Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant.

It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain. Gabapentin is used in adults to treat nerve pain caused by herpes virus or shingles (herpes zoster).

The Horizant brand of gabapentin is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).The Neurontin brand of gabapentin is also used to treatseizures in adults and children who are at least 3 years old.

Gabapentin is also be used to treat following health conditions:

  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Anxiety
  • Benign Essential Tremor
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • Cluster-Tic Syndrome
  • Cough
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Epilepsy
  • Erythromelalgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hiccups
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Insomnia
  • Lhermitte’s Sign
  • Migraine
  • Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Pain
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Postmenopausal Symptoms
  • Pruritus
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vulvodynia
Gabapentin off-label usage
Gabapentin off-label usage

One of Gabapentin “off-label” usage is for migraine prevention and treatment, including migraines with or without aura, vestibular migraines. It can reduce the frequency of headaches, pain intensity, and the use of symptomatic medications. Gabapentin is a good preventive therapy for migraines refractory to standard medications.

The chemical structure of gabapentin is related that of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is a neurotransmitter in the brain. The exact mechanism as to how gabapentin controls epilepsy and relieves pain is unknown, but it probably acts like the neurotransmitter GABA.

The effective dose of gabapentin varies greatly. Some persons need only 200-300 mg a day whereas others may need 3000 mg or more a day. It may take several weeks to become effective, so it is important to stay on it for an adequate length of time.

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Gabapentin is a commonly used drug

Gabapentin remains a widespread and popular drug.

In 2016, it was the 10th most prescribed medication in the United States, with 64 million prescriptions.

As use of a drug grows, so does the unpredictability of side effects and potential for misuse.

“Once released as an approved drug, the number of people being prescribed the drug jumps substantially (tens of thousands to millions), and there is much more variability in the patient population and less control on how the drug is actually being taken,” said Bilsky.

A study from 2016 found that gabapentin misuse was low among the general population at just 1 percent. But that jumped to between 15 and 22 percent among people who misuse opioids.

“With decreasing availability of commonly abused prescription opioids, it has been suggested that nonmedical users of prescription opioids are substituting other licit and illicit drugs for abuse,” wrote the authors of a 2015 article on gabapentin misuse.

Gabapentin isn’t the only “safe” pain medication to show up on the radar of doctors and lawmakers in recent months, either.

As Healthline previously reported, Imodium — an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drug — has also seen a surge in misuse. So much so that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to help cut down on its misuse potential.

Neither gabapentin nor Imodium is particularly good at getting someone high, so reasons for misuse are likely associated with cost and availability.

“It is hard to say what drives the person who suffers from a substance use disorder to switch between drugs and drug classes,” said Bilsky. “The current misuse of gabapentin may be another version of combining drugs to try and maximize the high.”

Editor’s note: This article was originally reported by Gigen Mammoser on April 9, 2018. Its current publication date reflects an update, which includes a medical review by Zara Risoldi Cochrane, PharmD, MS, FASCP.