Is Gabapentin A Muscle Relaxer?

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Asked by rere

Is Gabapentin A Muscle Relaxer?

Answer

That is an interesting question. Gabapentin or Neurontin is usually used to treat seizures, neuropathic pain and other types of pain but like other drugs its uses have been steadily expanding. Gabapentin is now also used to treat pain and muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis which suggests it could have muscle relaxing effects. It can also be effective in assisting deep sleep which again suggests it could have relaxant effects. That it has these effects is perhaps not so surprising as its initial uses were to reduce nervous system activity in seizure.

So while Gabapentin does not appear to be used as a muscle relaxer per se much it could have muscle relaxing effects.