07.03 Gabapentin (Neurontin)

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Generic Name

Gabapentin

Trade Name

Neurontin

Indication

Seizures, peripheral neuropathy, neuropathic pain, prevention of migraines

Action

Exact method of action unknown, may play a role in stabilizing neural membranes

Therapeutic Class

Analgesic adjuncts, therapeutic, anticonvulsants, mood stabilizers

Pharmacologic Class

None

Nursing Considerations

• May cause suicidal thoughts, confusion, depression, drowsiness, ataxia, facial
edema, hypertension
• Monitor pt closely for changes in behavior and depression
• Assess seizure activity
• Assess pain level
• Patient should take medications exactly as prescribed

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