Gabapentin used for anxiety

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Generalised anxiety disorder, or GAD, is a very real and sometimes frightening disorder to deal with. Gabapentin is one of the drugs used to treat GAD while under a doctor's supervision.

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Gabapentin (Neurontin) is in a class of drugs called anticonvulsants, which are commonly used for seizures. As of 2009, the FDA has not approved it for the treatment of mental or mood disorders, including anxiety.

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Gabapentin capsules. (Image by, courtesy of Caleb)


As an off-label treatment for GAD, studies proved it to be effectively functional in reducing symptoms.

Gabapentin used for anxiety
Research papers. (Image by, courtesy of Hash Milhan)


Gabapentin's use in people who do not respond well to other treatments for GAD is noted in a clinical study by the Institute of Neuroscience in Barcelona, Spain. This offers alternatives to people who cannot take other drugs for the treatment of GAD.


According to, gabapentin benefits include the reduction of nausea, sleep problems, excessive worrying and irritability associated with GAD.


According to, there are not enough studies to warrant the acceptance of gabapentin by the FDA for the treatment of anxiety.


Because gabapentin is used off label for GAD, it is recommended that patients be closely monitored by their doctors and keep all appointments for the duration of the treatment.

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A doctor's uniform. (Image by, courtesy of Wonderlane)

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