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Gabapentin

Author: Abimbola Farinde, PhD., PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication used for specific medical conditions, such as partial onset or focal seizures, post-herpetic neuralgia, and restless legs syndrome. It is also used as an off-label treatment for other medical conditions. These include mood and anxiety disorders. Gabapentin has been recommended as a useful treatment to achieve pain relief in varied age groups and reported to improve both acute and chronic conditions that affect patient quality of life. As such, it has been used for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Gabapentin has side effects that frequently occur, and may cause breathing difficulties in patients with respiratory illnesses. It is also a drug that may be misused. It is not a controlled substance under U.S., federal law but some states have scheduled the drug because of misuse. Health professionals need to be aware of this misuse potential and monitor patients for misuse and dependence.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.           Introduction

II.           Gabapentin Overview

III.           Partial Onset/Focal Seizures

Case Study: Sleep-bound Seizures Resistant to Treatment

IV.           Post-herpetic Neuralgia

Case Study: Adolescent with Sickle Cell Disease

V.           Restless Legs Syndrome

Case Report: Restless Leg Syndrome

VI.           Gabapentin Forms, Labeled and Off-label Uses

VII.           Diabetic Neuropathy

Case Study: Failed Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

VIII.           Fibromyalgia

            Case Study: Pregabalin Side Effects and Cross-taper to Duloxetine

IX.           Social Anxiety Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder

            Case Study: Gabapentin Treatment and New Onset Trypophobia

X.           Dystonias in Children

Case Study: Adjunctive Gabapentin for Dystonia

XI.           Gabapentin Misuse and Overdose

1.    Misuse of Gabapentin
2.    Risk of Overdose with Gabapentin
3.    Overdose Treatment
4.    Case Study: Gabapentin Overdose

XII.           FDA Warning

XIII.           Summary

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