Gabapentin for Neuralgia
The prescription drug gabapentin (Neurontin®) is often used to treat postherpetic neuralgia, which is chronic nerve pain that often occurs after an outbreak of shingles.
Postherpetic neuralgia-related pain can be intense and can even result in an inability to perform daily tasks of living. People often describe it as:
- Sharp, electric-like jabs.
Gabapentin is believed to work, in part, by affecting calcium channels in the brain; however, its full effects are unknown.
(To read more about treating postherpetic neuralgia with this product, click Gabapentin. This article also discusses the other approved use of the drug, whether children can use it, and why it is sometimes used "off-label.")