Compounded Gabapentin (Neurontin) for Dog and Cats
This medication is used in both humans and animals. It is important to note that the strength given to humans is often not suitable for animals. In addition, most gabapentin available at retail pharmacies contain xylitol. Dogs must have xylitol free formulations as it is toxic to canines. This requires gabapentin prescriptions be compounded into xylitol free formulation. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant and analgesic (pain reliver) and is used to treat a variety of conditions in animals. Veterinarians may prescribe this medication for seizures and a variety of pain related conditions. Gabapentin should start working in 1-2 hours after initial dose and will improve after time and dosing continues. Gabapentin is a controlled medication and does require a prescription from your veterinarian in order to be dispensed. You and your veterinarian should discuss if this is the best option for your pet.
Gabapentin can be administered orally or by transdermal route in the inner ear flap and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspensions, capsules, tiny tabs (dissolvable tablets), and transdermal creams. It is important to note that the strength given to humans is often not suitable for animals and often compounds are required to make xylitol free formulations for dogs. Any formulation you give to your dog must be xylitol free, as it is toxic to canines. Gabapentin may be given with or without food but it is most effective when it is given right before feeding. If your animal vomits after receiving the medication on an empty stomach, you may give with a small amount of food or treat. Gabapentin should be given as instructed on your prescription. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
Common side effects of gabapentin include drowsiness and loss of coordination. Your pet may also experience a lack of energy or weakness. Overdoses of this medication can be serious and often causes an increase in heart rate. If you suspect an overdose or your dog has been given a xylitol containing formulation, contact your veterinarian or poison control.
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