Gabapentin Uses for Postherpetic Neuralgia
About one million people develop shingles
each year, and a number of them experience a complication called postherpetic neuralgia
. This is pain that is present in the affected area for months, or even years, after the shingles rash
has healed. The most bothersome of postherpetic neuralgia symptoms
is pain. The pain can result in an inability to perform daily tasks of living and may be described as:
- Sharp, electric-like jabs
How Does Gabapentin Work?
It is not known exactly how gabapentin works for nerve pain, nor is it known exactly how the drug works to prevent partial seizures
in people with epilepsy
. It is known that gabapentin affects certain calcium
channels in the brain, and this may be how it works for seizures
and nerve pain.
Is Gabapentin Used for Children?
Gabapentin is approved to treat partial seizures in children as young as three years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
Is Gabapentin Used for Off-Label Reasons?
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend gabapentin for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. At this time, off-label
gabapentin uses include the treatment of: