Gabapentin classified as an anti-seizure medication but is commonly used to treat neuropathic pain and may also be used as an anticonvulsant. Gabapentin can also be used in chronic arthritic-pain and pain associated with malignancy.
Dogs and Cats
Gabapentin is used to treat pain originating from nerves and arthritis.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. The following drugs can potentially interact with gabapentin: antacids and other pain medications such as hydrocodone and morphine. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together. Do not give this medication within 2 hours of giving antacids. Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects may include drowsiness, sedation or unsteady gait. It is possible your pet may experience nausea or loss of appetite when first starting this medication. Notify your veterinarian if these side effects appear, reappear, and/or remain troublesome. Other side effects may occur, if you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Gabapentin should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian. Do not stop giving the medication unless advised by your veterinarian.