Gabapentin is, primarily, an anticonvulsant drug used, most often, in the treatment of epileptic seizures, although it has been shown to relieve spasticity and painful muscle spasm in MS.

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that carries messages between brain nerve cells.

Because Gabapentin is so effective in inhibiting excess neuronal activity, it has proven efficacious in treating conditions like anxiety, depression, migraine,  neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis.

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Brain Scan

Side Effects

There are very few reported side-effects, these are:

  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with Coordination

I can’t help but wonder if this may help with the stomach pains I get, which I think are a type of muscle spasm. Or that it might alleviate the myoclonic jerkes that prevent me sleeping at night. I must ask the MS nurse.

Gabapentin is the generic drug and is marketed under the brand names: Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin, Gabarone and is available on a prescription only basis.

References:

Gabapentin at drugs.com
NHS Choices – your health, your choice.

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