Gabapentin is in the category of drugs known as anticonvulsants. This compound reduces an individual’s sensitivity to pain, but the exact mechanism is not completely understood. Gabapentin is also used for the treatment of seizures. It is hypothesized that Gabapentin impacts the effects of calcium. Low levels of calcium can cause seizures in certain people.
This medication is used mainly for the treatment of two conditions:
- Seizures: Gabapentin is combined with other medications to treat and prevent seizures.
- Postherpetic Neuralgia: Gabapentin is used for this purpose to reduce nerve pain.