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Gabapentin 

Gabapentin
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Gabapentin
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Andrea E. Cavanna

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198791577.003.0006
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date: 23 October 2019

Gabapentin is a second-generation antiepileptic drug characterized by few antiepileptic indications, with very good interaction profile in polytherapy. The therapeutic indications of gabapentin for the treatment of epileptic seizures have been largely overshadowed by its widespread use for the treatment of neuropathic pain (especially post-herpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, and pain caused by a spinal cord injury). Gabapentin has a good behavioural tolerability profile and a good range of psychiatric uses (unlicensed indications for anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal symptoms). Despite the widespread use of gabapentin for behavioural conditions, its potential usefulness as adjunctive treatment of bipolar affective disorder is still controversial.

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