Episode 17: Gabapentin Abuse

Episode 17: Gabapentin Abuse

Medication Minute, Psychopharmacology
On today's Medication Minute, we will be discussing gabapentin, including its pharmacology, use in management of psychiatric diagnoses, and it’s more recent growing potential for abuse. Gabapentin is a gamma-aminobutyric acid analog that is was approved for use as an antiepileptic in 1993 and for post-herpetic neuralgia in 2004, but is also used off label for alcohol withdrawal symptoms, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, restless legs syndrome, and other types of neuropathic pain. References Sadock, Benjamin James. Sadock, Virginia Alcott. Ruiz, Pedro. Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/clinical Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015. Print. Smith, Rachel V., et al. “Gabapentin misuse, abuse, and diversion: a systematic review.” Addiction, vol. 111, no. 7, 2016, pp. 1160-1174., doi:10.1111/add.13324. Reccoppa, Lawrence, et al. “Gabapentin abuse in inmates with prior history of…
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