Gabapentin and alcohol

Drowsiness is the major side effect of gabapentin; therefore person should avoid alcohol consumption as it aggravates the side effects. Thus, gabapentin cannot be taken with alcohol. Gabapentin has been evaluated as an alternative to benzodiazepine in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. The clinical laboratory study has been conducted to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the anticonvulsant gabapentin in alcoholic subjects. There was no overall effect of gabapentin on drinking or craving. This study provides initial evidences that gabapentin is safe if used in conjunction with alcohol consumption in alcoholic individuals. Further study is needed with this and other lab model to determine the utility and safety of gabapentin in the treatment of alcoholism.

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