I had asked that question in a previous thread... if Gabapentin is known to wear out of the system in 8 or so hours, why would anyone prescribe it only 2/day?? It almost seems cruel to me to give them some relief, let it wear off for too long so pain is felt, then give relief again. I can tell when it's starting to wear off with Scarlett bc she will start scratching or bunny-hopping. I try to be really vigilant so it doesn't get to this point. Occasionally, depending on the timing, she will end up getting 4 Gabapentin in a 24-hour period. Both neurologists I have seen said Gabapentin is pretty safe and it's ok to give her more, if needed.
I had a dogsitter a few weeks ago when I was ot of town who told me that Scarlett was having a lot of issues while I was gone-- hiding under chairs, scratching, etc... I almost died when I looked at her pill box and realized that both days, she had completely missed her mid-day Gabapentin!!! So poor Scarlett was only getting her Gabapentin in the am and evening. I hate that that happened, but it sure is a testament to how well the meds work for her.
In my opinion, after dealing with this for a couple of years, I think it's good that you're thinking hard about the Pred and trying the other meds first to see how much relief it gives her. I am saving Pred as a "Big Gun" if other things stop being effective.
Last edited by Holly; 31st July 2011 at 04:35 PM.
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