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Common Uses for 300 Milligrams of Gabapentin

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author image Carole Anne Tomlinson
Carole Anne Tomlinson is a registered nurse with experience in rehabilitation, nutrition, chemical dependency, diabetes and health problems related to the elderly. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and is presently working on her master's degree in nursing. Her screenplays have been viewed by Merchant Ivory, Angela Lansbury and Steven King's associates.

Physicians most often will prescribe the generically named gabapentin in 300Mg doses either once per day or three times each day, depending upon the condition for which it has been ordered. Gabapentin 300Mg works to raise the level of the gamma-aminobutyric acid, also called GABA, neurotransmitter in the brain, says MayoClinic.com. People may take gabapentin 300Mg as a liquid, pill or capsule.

Epilepsy

Doctors primarily prescribe gabapentin 300Mg to help control seizures for people who suffer from epilepsy. The medication, by raising GABA levels, can help reduce these seizures and convulsions, MayoClinic.com reports, although medical researchers do not yet known how low GABA levels connect to epileptic seizures. Specifically, doctors prescribe gabapentin 300Mg for the control of partial seizures. Seizures, the National Institutes of Health report, occur because of unusual electric activity that happens suddenly in the person’s brain. Partial seizures, the Epilepsy Foundation states, take place in only the right or left part of the brain, although they can lead to full seizures. The organization states partial seizures further divide into simple--sufferer retains consciousness--and complex partial seizures in which the person loses consciousness or suffers from impairment during the seizure. The Epilepsy Foundation states these kinds of seizures most commonly occur in epileptics.

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Postherpetic Neuralgia

Whenever a child or adult gets chickenpox, the person has the potential to get a much later flare-up caused by the disease long after it has subsided. Called shingles, it occurs because the varicella-zoster virus remains in a person’s body following chickenpox, the National Institutes of Health report. Shingles produce itching, tingling and pain. The pain, called postherpetic neuralgia, occurs because of damage to nerves and may continue for months and years. Doctors may prescribe gabapentin 300Mg, one of two common anticonvulsants used, to help treat this ongoing neurological pain.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse states neuropathy occurs when nerves, which cannot be repaired, become damaged. People who have diabetic peripheral neuropathy have this damage to their nerves in their extremities: in their arms, hands, legs, feet and toes. It may not occur in all those locations, and most often occurs in the feet. Nerve damage in these areas can cause burning, stinging pain and tingling. The pain may feel continual, such as having bees constantly stinging the area. Physicians also prescribe gabapentin 300Mg to help reduce this kind of pain, MayoClinic.com reports.

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