Can Anti-Seizure Drug Neurontin Be Used as a Fibromyalgia Treatment?

Can Anti-Seizure Drug Neurontin Be Used as a Fibromyalgia Treatment?
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While anti-seizure drugs such as gabapentin (trade names Neurontin, Horizant, Gralise, and Fanatrex) have not been approved by the FDA for use in treating fibromyalgia, some doctors are prescribing it for its pain-relieving properties.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, Neurontin along with Lyrica (pregabalin) can help with chronic pain by reducing the number of the chemicals released from nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain that are responsible for pain communication.

However, as with all medications, some people living with fibromyalgia may experience side effects from the drug, with drowsiness and dizziness being the most commonly reported side effects.

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