Gabapentin for Dogs & Cats

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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.

Gabapentin is for multiple species including dogs and cats.

  • Medication for the treatment pain, especially chronic pain

  • Gabapentin can also be used to treat seizures

  • Available in two prescription strengths in tablet or capsule form 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.

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

Gabapentin is a generic medication.

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.

Gabapentin will take effect within hours. However, for the best results, multiple doses need to be given.

Tablet or capsule.

Please click on "More Information" for possible drug and food interactions with this medication.

Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain the other treatment options that may be available to treat your pet's condition.

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease or is pregnant or may be used for breeding.

Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking. Also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.

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.

May see drowsiness, loss of balance, swelling of the limbs, and rarely vomiting, or diarrhea.

Store capsules and tablets at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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.