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    Default Question about Gabapentin

    What is the normal dose for Gabapentin, when a cavalier begins to need it for SM? Also, is it available in tablet form (that can be cut)? I know someone whose cav needs to start on Gabapentin, and they aren't sure what dosage.
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    Cathy,

    When Molly was first diagnosed, a neurologist from Virginia recommended 10mg per kg every 8 hours increasing up to 30mg per kg if necessary to abate scratching.

    To my knowledge gabapentin is only available in capsule and liquid forms. The capsules are much cheaper. It also pays to call around, as I found a local pharamcy to be much cheaper than the big chains. I currently pay around $31 for 540 100mg pills (3 months worth). Hope this helps.
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    It appears I was wrong about Gabapentin being available in form.
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    Okay, I will try this again . Gabapentin is available in tablet form.
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    Thanks for the information.

    After you provided the dosage, I googled Gabapentin and found info about the forms it comes in - the liquid form contains Xylitol which is toxic to dogs, so that's out. The tablets are much higher mg doses than the capsules. So the capsules seem to be the best/only option.
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    Hi Cathy. We've used both the tablets and capsules. Our vet practice sells it and depending on which supplier from whom they order dictates whether we have pills or capsules. Spencer takes 200mg twice a day for severe scratching. I've heard that it's often hard to divide the capsules equally. Could your friend try the 100mg tablets and cut them in fourths? I use a pill splitter to cut my cats medicine in fourths and it's pretty easy to do.
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    Clare's document with recommended dosages is here:

    http://sm.cavaliertalk.com/Treatment...%20simple).pdf

    She recommends starting with 10-20mg/kg (or about 5-10mg per lb). You can get gabapentin a LOT cheaper in the US! I pay about $60 for 100 pills. On the flip side, for years I could get claritin here for a fraction of the cost in the US.

    I have split the capsules but it is a pain. Though that said delivering an exact dosage isn't that big a deal. It is easy to split tablets, I do it all the time for other medications and pill cutters make it really easy. We can only get capsules over here.
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    I'm able to get 240 100mg tabs/caps, a 60 day supply, for $54 at our vet. They are crazy expensive for everything else (office visits were raised to $72) but they sell Spencer's gab for dirt cheap. Hopefully no one from their office reads your board.
    Last edited by Spencer'sMom; 25th March 2008 at 07:32 PM.
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    Wow I feel very lucky paying just $31 for 540, 100mg capsules.

    Lyrica on the other hand is crazy expensive. Molly tried one prescription of that, it was $65 for 10 days worth and in her case didn't really make a difference.
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    Lyrica is still patent protected and there's no generic available. Gabapentin is now generic and there's competition, hence the savings. Lyrica is REALLY expensive.
    Karlin
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