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Concerns Over Opioid Alternative Gabapentin Grow as Use Increases

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Friday, January 12, 2018 | 566 | 0 | 0 min read

Use of anti-convulsant medications gabapentin and pregabalin increased more than threefold in the U.S. from 2002-2015, a new study found, just as some in the workers’ comp industry are warning about potential dangers of the drugs. Among 346,177 adults who participated in a national survey, 1.2% said they had filled a prescription for gabapentin and/or pregabalin in 2002, a number that grew to 3.9% in 2015, according to a research letter published online last week in JAMA Internal Medicine. Pregabalin use plateaued in 2008, at which point gabapentin use started increasing. About 83% of r...

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