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Ann Pharmacother. 2000 Jun;34(6):802-7.

Use of gabapentin in the treatment of neuropathic pain.

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School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the role of gabapentin for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

DATA SOURCES:

Clinical literature was identified through MEDLINE (from 1990 to October 1999). Key search terms were gabapentin and pain.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Neuropathic pain can be a problematic, chronic syndrome that is frequently refractory to current drug treatments. Gabapentin is a newer generation antiepileptic drug that is commonly used in treatment of neuropathic pain. An evaluation of clinical trials using gabapentin to treat neuropathic pain was performed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gabapentin appears to be effective in treating various neuropathic pain disorders. Gabapentin may have advantages over current therapies, such as a favorable safety profile and lack of drug interactions; however, cost issues and limited experience may limit the use of gabapentin as a first-line option.

PMID:
10860142
DOI:
10.1345/aph.19303
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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