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Med Sci Monit. 2011 Dec;17(12):CS149-51.

Gabapentin in the treatment of dementia-associated nocturnal agitation.

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Department of Neurology - Sleep Disorders Center, 1st Faculty of Medicine and General Teaching Hospital, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Nocturnal sleep of patients suffering from various forms of dementia is often impaired by nocturnal agitation or nocturnal wandering. Anticonvulsives such as carbamazepine or valproate are reported to have some therapeutic efficacy, but there is little information about other drugs suitable for treatment of this condition.

CASE REPORT:

Our patient, a 77-year-old Czech woman with incipient vascular dementia, received gabapentin 400mg at bedtime for 6 months and showed convincing improvement.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gabapentin was very effective in treating nocturnal agitation.

PMID:
22129906
PMCID:
PMC3628129
DOI:
10.12659/msm.882114
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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