What is Gabapentin?
Gabapentin is used for the treatment pain in dogs and cats. It may also be used in the treatment of seizure disorders.
Who is it for?
Gabapentin is for multiple species including dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
||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.
How does Gabapentin work?
Gabapentin treats seizure disorders by means of anticonvulsive activity. The exact mechanism involved
In the prevention of seizures and nerve pain is unknown.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Gabapentin is a generic medication.
How is it given?
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.
What results can I expect?
Gabapentin will take effect within hours. However, for the best results, multiple doses need to be given.
What form(s) does it come in?
Tablet or capsule.
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Gabapentin?
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.
What should I do if I miss 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.
What is the most important information I should know?
The most common side effect is sedation. If sedation is severe or if your pet becomes uncoordinated, contact your veterinarian.
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.
What side effects may be seen when taking Gabapentin?
May see drowsiness, loss of balance, swelling of the limbs, and rarely vomiting, or diarrhea.
How is it stored?
Store capsules and tablets at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Gabapentin?
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.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the
Patient Information Sheet on this medication.