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What is Gabapentin?

Gabapentin is a medication for dogs and cats for the treatment of seizures. It is also used to help with chronic pain. Although Gabapentin is not FDA-approved for use in veterinary medicine, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication. Gabapentin requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per capsule.

For:

Dogs and Cats

Benefits:
  • Treats seizures
  • Helps manage chronic pain often associated with cancer or arthritis
How it Works:

Gabapentin stabilizes electrical activity in the brain which prevents seizures caused by excessive electrical activity. Gabapentin mimics the activity of GABA (a neurotransmitter) which helps to calm the nerve activity in the brain.

Cautions:

Unless the benefits outweigh the risk do not use Gabapentin in pregnant or nursing animals.

Brand Name:

Neurontin

Generic Name:

gabapentin

What is the most important information I should know about gabapentin:

Gabapentin is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Gabapentin is available as 100 mg and 300 mg capsules. The usual dose to treat seizures in dogs is 4.5 to 13.5 mg per lb every 8 to 12 hours. For cats, the usual dose to treat seizures is 2.3 mg per lb 3 times a day. For dogs and cats as an aid in chronic pain treatment or cancer pain, the usual dose is 1.4 mg per lb once a day.

What is Gabapentin:

Gabapentin is used as an anticonvulsant. It is also used to treat chronic pain. Gabapentin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving gabapentin to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease. The dose of gabapentin may need to be adjusted. Unless the benefit outweighs the risks do not use gabapentin in pregnant or nursing animals.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Do not give antacids within 2 hours of giving gabapentin. Antacids can affect gabapentin blood levels. Drug interactions may occur when giving any narcotics such as hydrocodone or morphine Do not suddenly stop the use of gabapentin. Store gabapentin at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of gabapentin overdose include reduced activity, excessive sleepiness, loss of balance, and depression

What should I avoid while giving Gabapentin to my pet:

Gabapentin should not be used in animals allergic to it. Do not use in pregnant or nursing animals. Use with caution in animals with kidney disease. Do not give antacids within 2 hours of giving gabapentin. Consult your veterinarian before giving any narcotic such as hydrocodone or morphine since drug interactions can occur.

What are the possible side effects of Gabapentin:

For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving gabapentin and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Side effects that can occur in dogs and cats may include drowsiness, loss of balance, swelling of the limbs, and vomiting or diarrhea. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Gabapentin:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given antacids or narcotics for pain. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with gabapentin. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Gabapentin written for health professionals that you may read. Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Please refer to the chart below for proper dosage.
Tip:

Do not give antacids within 2 hours of giving this medication.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
For seizures: 4.5 mg-13.5 mg per pound every 8-12 hours.
For pain: 1.4 mg per pound once a day.
Cats/Kittens:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and light.

Ingredients
Gabapentin 100 mg:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Gabapentin
100 mg
Gabapentin 300 mg:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Gabapentin
300 mg
Customer Reviews
Gabapentin is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for pain My elderly Am Staf has thyroid disease, Addison's disease, and blew out his back left knee. We tried rehabbing with a brace, as he does not do well with anesthesia. but it did not go well. So now he limps and favors the leg frequently. The gabapentin is for his pain and it does seem to making walking easier for him and he doesn't limp as much.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product for Dancing Doberman Disease Dancing Doberman is a Neurological problem that effects a Doberman's back legs. Tremors and leg movement are going on constantly making the dog constantly restless. My Doberman has been on Gabapentin since she was diagnosed at age 7. The Gapapentin has helped to slow the tremors and give her a lot more peace so she is not so restless. Great product for a disease that is not that well known.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful My 13year old schnauzer has Cushing's disease , hip dysplasia and an under active thyroid.About 4 months ago I noticed she had problems lying down and she regularly wanted breakfast in bed! Hip dysplasia was diagnosed. She was on symmetrel for a time but it made her vomit. She was put on gabapentin and it immediately made a difference. She has also had tramadol for bad days, changing to metacam or previcox after seeing specialist, but she rarely needs them. The gabapentin is very helpful to her and she can happily continue her hour long walks.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Positive Quality of Life Benefits Jack is my aging 9 year old greyhound rescue. I adopted Jack when he was 2 years old. He is now showing signs of arthritis and possible canine dementia. It's been a year of veterinary care, specialists, and emergency room visits. Jack would not settle down at night, he was loosing weight, he would pant from pain and seemed anxious. Understand that all of his physiological tests results were normal. These tests included: ultra sounds, blood, urine and X-rays. Even vet specialists were stumped by Jack's symptoms. Rimadyl was the best we could come up with as an answer to Jack's pain. It just didn't help him at night with his sleeplessness and anxiety. Jack's vet and I decided to try Gabapentin to help Jack sleep and aid in his pain relief. The very first time Jack took his Gabapentin he calmed down at night and slept through the night. Jack was up and alert the next morning. We are continuing the Rimadyl along with the Gabapentin. Perhaps more vets should look at Gabapentin for the relief of some of the symptoms of canine dementia and arthritis due to aging. This drug has been life altering in a positive way for my precious 9 year old greyhound, Jack.
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for seizures/anxiety/pain My 12 year old dog started having episodes of "fly biting" and apparent visual disturbances that would lead to excessive anxiety, panic, panting that would make me nervous watching it and I felt helpless. Knowing the effectiveness of Gapabentin (having used it myself) I insisted on this anti-seizure med to be tried first (once my vet determined seizures were likely the problem). My dog is 50lbs and the vet rx'd 200 mg 3x's per day - WAY TOO MUCH to start. This medication must be increased very slowly, starting w/100mg once per day until you notice the next dose needs to be started. It worked so well and immediately that 100mg worked well for a few weeks, when she showed signs of symptoms, I added the 2nd dose and so on. Now that she is on a therapeutic dose (over a couple months of slowly increasing the dose) about 400mg per day it has helped relax her and works great. It has helped everything including pain in her hips and knee to a degree that is noticeable. I give her the small capsule in a small clump of Gerber or beechnut baby meats - she doesn't even know it is in there and swallows it whole without chewing. I recommend trying this medication before any other anti-seizure medication that has the potential (that gabapentin does NOT) to change personality in a dog, make them aggressive,etc. Try this first! Worked well for me and my dog too, without any personality changes as I knew it would! This medicaiton is under used in pets and not well known, I hope more vets realize what a great medication this is.
Date published: 2011-03-23
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Q&A

Dosage of Gabapentin

I have a 70lb. Lab/Retriever with back legs pain. What dosage of Gabapentin is recommended.
Asked by: Devildog
An estimated dose would be 100mg. Contact your veterinarian about a more specific dose for your lab.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-19

what is the price for gabapentin 100mg 60 ct

Asked by: diane
It'd be around 14 dollars.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-19

do you have 50 mg capsules

Asked by: bella
No we only have 100mg and 300mg tablets of Gabapentin.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-19

Can gabapentin cause confusion and disorientation in cats?

Transdermal compounded dosing. Used in ear.
Asked by: CC
I'm not sure in cats, but confusion, memory loss, etc are side effects for humans. It is the exact same drug, but I know it is metabolized ifferently in humans and dogs. I'm not a vet. Please talk to your vet!
Answered by: Ccsc
Date published: 2016-07-25

RX question

I have a 70# Lab/Retriever. He's on 97.2 mg of Phenobarbital per day. Can he also take Gabapentin for back leg pain? If so, what dosage is recommended?
Asked by: Devildog
You would need to consult with your veterinarian about this. Since I do not know this dog's history and assuming he is being given Phenobarbital for seizures, adding Gabapentin would have to be discussed with your vet. Also, the dose would need to be determined by your veterinarian since the dose can vary between the severity of pain your pet is having.Thanks for your question.
Answered by: Marty, Pharm. D.
Date published: 2015-11-18

Tramadol, carprofen and Gabapentin

My 110 pound lab is currently taking 100 mg of tramadol per day (50 mg each dose), Carprofen (100 mg twice a day). He still is in pain. Can I give him gabapentin also?
Asked by: gator
You would need to speak with your veterinarian, since he/she is the only person permitted to prescribe this medication. Thanks for your question.
Answered by: Marty, Pharm. D.
Date published: 2015-05-18

How do you stop taking gabapentin? (only been on for 4 days.)

Asked by: Whippet owner
Speak to your veterinarian before stopping any medications for your pet.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-10-30

Can Gabapetin be take while my dog is taking hydrocodin for a severe cough is there any side effects?

Can Gabapetin be take while my dog is taking hydrocodin for a severe cough is there any side effects?
Asked by: Bev
yes, they can be given at the same time. But be aware that both can cause sedation, so watch your dog carefully and report any concerning side effects to your veterinarian.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2014-09-17
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