Gabapentin: pharmacology and its use in pain management

@article{Rose2002GabapentinPA,
  title={Gabapentin: pharmacology and its use in pain management},
  author={M A Rose and Peter Ca Kam},
  journal={Anaesthesia},
  year={2002},
  volume={57}
}
Summary Although its exact mode of action is not known, gabapentin appears to have a unique effect on voltage‐dependent calcium ion channels at the postsynaptic dorsal horns and may, therefore, interrupt the series of events that possibly leads to the experience of a neuropathic pain sensation. Gabapentin is especially effective at relieving allodynia and hyperalgesia in animal models. It has been shown to be efficacious in numerous small clinical studies and case reports in a wide variety of… Expand

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