After reading the experiences of others, I was shocked a Dr would prescribe this drug for phantom pain after his patient lost his leg. I know this helps with the side effects of neuropathy, but is first a seizure medication. I know because my son and husband both take it for them and I take it for neuropathy. Gabapentin has other side effects too for some people. There should be a safer alternative to give his patient than this medicine. I know that pharmacist have empty capsules or even sugar pills etc. the Dr can write a script for things like this. The patient thinks they are real so it works
It was prescribed because that's one of its uses as it's been found very helpful for some people. Many seizure medications have off-label uses and they range from issues like neuropathy pain to mental health issues such as bipolar and so much more- just as many medication types have legitimate off-label uses, for example antihistamines are also used as anxiety medication sometimes with great success. Sounds like this doctor is in the know on his prescribing path so far - it's not at all abnormal.
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