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Gabapentin Capsules by Actavis

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Gabapentin


Trade Names:

Neurotonin®

General Description:

Gabapentin is used as an anticonvulsant and to relieve chronic pain. Gabapentin may be used alone or in combination with other drugs.

Gabapentin is available in 100 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg capsules: 600 mg and 800 mg tables; oral solution.

 What is this drug?
  • An anticonvulsant
  • Given by mouth
 Reasons for prescribing:
  • To control seizures in dogs or cats
  • To control chronic pain, especially arthritis pain
  • To control pain associated with surgery
 What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
  • Pregnant or nursing pets
  • Use with caution in pets with kidney or liver disease or a blood disorder
  • If your pet has had an allergic reaction to gabapentin
 Directions:

Read and follow the label carefully.

If using the oral solution, shake well before measuring.

Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. For seizure control, it is usually given three times a day, but for pain control it is usually given once a day. Anti-seizure doses are much higher than the doses given for analgesia.

Ideally, give the medication at the same time(s) daily.

Gabapentin may be given with or without food.

It may take several days before adequate blood levels will be reached to effectively control seizures. Monitor carefully during this time.

Do not suddenly discontinue giving gabapentin. Check with your veterinarian before stopping this drug.

Record the date, time, severity, length and circumstances of any seizure your pet has. Provide this information to your veterinarian in order to help him/her to best treat your pet.

 What if a dose is missed?

If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.

 What to tell/ask veterinarian before giving medication?

Talk to your veterinarian about:

  • When will your pet need to be rechecked
  • What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
  • What are the risks and benefits of using this drug

Tell your veterinarian about:

  • If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
  • If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or over
  • If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
  • All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
  • If your pet is pregnant or nursing of if you plan to breed your pet
 Storage and Warnings:

Store capsules and tablets in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Refrigerate the oral suspension.

Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.

Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.

 Potential side effects:
  • Drowsiness, loss of balance, limb swelling
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Some laboratory tests are affected by gabapentin
  • If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian
 Can this drug be given with other drugs?
  • Yes, but possible interactions may occur with narcotics (hydrocodone or morphine)
  • When treating for chronic pain, gabapentin is often started with other pain relievers. It is often possible to at some point eliminate the other drugs and have the pet remain on just gabapentin.
  • If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
 Overdosing?

Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet receives more than the prescribed amount.

 What else should I know?

Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.

As with all prescribed medicines, gabapentin should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.

 This is just a summary of information about gabapentin. If you have any questions or concerns about gabapentin or the condition it was prescribed for, contact your veterinarian.

Gabapentin
(Neurontin)

Common Drug Name
Gabapentin

Common Brand Names
Neurontin
Generic products are available.

Storage
Store capsules and tablets at room temperature in a tight, light resistant, childproof container. Oral liquid should be refrigerated.

Uses
Gabapentin is used as an anticonvulsant and to relieve chronic pain.

Dose and Administration
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
The dose may need to be adjusted depending upon the response to treatment.
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give 2 doses at once.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.

Possible Side Effects
May see drowsiness, loss of balance, swelling of the limbs, and rarely vomiting, or diarrhea. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any of the above side effects.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Precautions
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to gabapentin.
Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals (female animals nursing their young) unless the benefits outweigh the risks.
Use with caution in animals with kidney disease. The dose of gabapentin may need to be adjusted in animals with kidney disease.
Do not suddenly discontinue the use of gabapentin. Consult your veterinarian before stopping this or any other medication.
Consult with your veterinarian regarding the physical examinations and laboratory testing necessary prior to and during treatment with gabapentin.

Drug, Food, and Test Interactions
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements your pet is taking while your pet is receiving gabapentin.
Antacids can affect gabapentin levels. Do not give antacids within 2 hours of giving gabapentin.
Consult your veterinarian before using gabapentin with narcotics such as hydrocodone or morphine, since interactions may occur.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose
May see reduced activity, excessive sleepiness, loss of balance, and depression.
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

This information may not cover all possible uses, directions, side effects, precautions, allergic reactions, drug interactions, or withdrawal times.  Always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.


 

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