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Does Gabapentin Work?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Aug 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many of my clients take the drug Gabapentin or one of its associated versions, such as Lyrica or Neurontin. I estimate that I see this drug in the list of pharmaceuticals more than any other.  My clients take it for a range of medical problems including migraines, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. Most

No Pill's Gonna Cure My Ills

commonly, they are taking it for such nerve pain as neuropathy in their feet or hands.

Lots Of Prescriptions--Lots of Results?

So, does it actually do anything? A new study suggests that Gabapentin is not very effective at all. Two researchers at the University of South Carolina found that there is very little evidence that Gabapentin works to alleviate the problems for which it is prescribed.  Worse still, the drug had profound side effects, such as sleepiness, dizziness, and even difficulty walking. The researchers further found that Gabapentin can be addictive.

Too Many Doctors Prescribing For Too Many Conditions

If doctors only prescribed Gabapentin for the uses the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for, the problem might be small in scale.  The FDA said that doctors should limit the use of Gabapentin to treat only four problems: postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and spinal cord injury.  But doctors have been handing out Gabapentin for all manner of chronic health problems.  Some doctors think of Gabapentin as an all-purpose pain reliever, when, in fact, there is little proof that Gabapentin relieves pain. 

The 64 Million Dollar Question

Hmm. What About Gabapentin?

While Gabapentin would seem to have limited uses, it is among the most commonly prescribed medications in America. In 2016, doctors wrote sixty-four million prescriptions for Gabapentin. Something doesn't add up here.

As Always, Talk To Your Doctor

Never go off any medication without talking to your doctor first. But, it might be a good idea to sit down with your physician and ask why you are taking Gabapentin when the best evidence suggests it does very little good to balance some very real risks.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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