Gabapentin

Gabapentin

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Gabapentin may be useful in the treatment of pain in cats and dogs, and it is also commonly used as a sedative prior to stressful events.

How is this medication used as a sedative?

Gabapentin may be prescribed for pre-appointment sedation, or sedation prior to other stressful events, which generally means a higher dose that would be used for long term pain-contro. When using the medication in this context:

  • Please administer it about 1-2 hours before the desired effect
  • If in capsule form, the capsule can be given directly, or it can be opened and it's contents mixed with food - only use a small amount of a highly desired food to make sure your pet eats the whole thing.

How do I give this medication?medications

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • When used for epilepsy, DO NOT stop giving this medication unless directed by your veterinarian.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

What are the potential side effects?

"Since the adverse effect profile of this medication is not well established in veterinary patients, other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian."
  • Your pet may experience some drowsiness. If this symptom appears excessive or persists, contact your veterinarian.
  • Since the adverse effect profile of this medication is not well established in veterinary patients, other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following medications may interact with gabapentin: hydrocodone, morphine,
  • If your pet requires antacids and gabapentin, separate the administration of the two medicines by at least 2 hours.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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