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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter 2015

 

Ask Dr. Maynard

Question: I would like your take on using drugs such as gabapentin or use in treating PPS pain. With the new drug laws, my doctor has prescribed this drug for pain instead of the hydrocodone I was taking. (Editor’s Note: Under a final rule issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, hydrocodone combination products are now in a more restrictive category of controlled substances, along with other opioid drugs for pain like morphine and oxycodone. See more ...) I can usually manage the pain during the day but have problems sleeping. Some nights it feels like someone is trying to peel my muscles from my bones.

I am asking because gabapentin is used to treat seizures, but I do not have seizures. When I looked up the usage, it is also given for treatment of pain for the shingles for a period of three to four months. Whatever I decide to take for pain, I will possibly use for the rest of my life. Has anyone done a study of the long-term usage of gabapentin for post-polio pain? I do not want to take this medication and find out it was not good for managing post-polio syndrome.

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