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Gabapentin

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant that is used for the treatment of partial onset seizures, as well as for treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia, peripheral diabetic neuropathy, restless legs syndrome, and is used off-label for a wide variety of other health conditions. Important benefits of gabapentin include beneficial effects on sleep interference, fatigue, and depression, as well as quality of life, function, and work. A basic pharmacological understanding of gabapentin includes off-label uses of the drug and recommendations related to overdose.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I                Introduction
II             Drug Overview
1.   Category
2.   Labeled Uses
3.   Unlabeled Uses
4.   Available Forms
5.   Mechanism of Action
6.   Contraindications
7.   Warnings
8.   Dosing Adjustments: Hepatic Impairment
9.   Dosing Adjustments: Renal Impairment
10.        Adverse Effects
11.        Use During Pregnancy
12.        Use During Breastfeeding
13.        Dietary Considerations
III           Clinical Practice Pearls
1.   Post-herpetic Neuralgia
2.   Partial Onset Seizures
3.   Restless Legs Seizures
4.   Common and Rare Side Effects
5.   Contraindications and Precautions
6.   Tumorigenic Potential
IV            Gabapentin and Pregnancy
1.   Use During Pregnancy
V              Unlabeled Uses for Gabapentin
1.   Diabetic Neuropathy
2.   Fibromyalgia Syndrome
3.   Children and Dystonias
VI            Gabapentin Overdose
1.   Overdose Treatment
2.   Case Study: Gabapentin Overdose
VII         Summary

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