What does gabapentin do for you is it just a muscle relaxer?
Question posted by tonylo on 14 May 2011
Last updated on 7 November 2017 by Noone001
My pain doctor at kingsdaighters said that it is a muscle relaxer
It is most commonly used as anti seizure medication or nerve pain caused by an injury. I think it might also be used to help with fibromyalgia.
Gabapentin is not a muscle relaxer. The mechanism by which Gabapentin exerts its analgesic action is unknown, but in animal models of analgesia, Gabapentin prevents allodynia (pain-related behavior in response to a normally innocuous stimulus) and hyperalgesia (exaggerated response to painful stimuli). It is more for pain caused by neuropathy or nerve pain.
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