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Gabapentin is used for the treatment pain in dogs and cats. It may also be used in the treatment of seizure disorders.

For: Multiple species including dogs and cats.

Benefits:

Gabapentin is used for the treatment of seizure disorders. Gabapentin is in a class of drugs called anticonvulsants and may also used to relieve chronic pain.

How it works: Gabapentin treats seizure disorders by means of anticonvulsive activity. The exact mechanism involved In the prevention of seizures and nerve pain is unknown. 

Dosage & Administration: Gabapentin is given by mouth. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.

Possible side effects of Gabapentin: May see drowsiness, loss of balance, swelling of the limbs, and rarely vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you miss giving a dose: 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 two doses at once.

If you overdose the pet: If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What should I avoid while giving Gabapentin to my pet: 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.

Who should not take it? 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.