Gabapentin For Alzheimer's Disease
Gabapentin is an
anticonvulsant drug. It is being tested in various psychiatric conditions as a
mood stablizer. In doses of 200 to 2,400 milligrams daily, the drug seems to
decrease agitation in alzheimer patients who do not respond to conventional
neuroleptics . Approximately 40 percent of demented patients experience
adverse effects,such as gait instability or sedation while on gabapentin .
Gabapentin is quite effective on agitation, with one study reporting 17 of 22
treated dementia patients as " much or greatly improved".