2. Why Is Gabapentin Used?
Gabapentin has a variety of FDA approved uses. It is used to treat certain types of seizure disorders and also to treat the nerve pain associated with shingles. Shingles are a reactivation of the chickenpox virus in people who had chickenpox early in life. It doesn’t happen to people who were vaccinated with the chickenpox vaccine. Gabapentin is also used in restless leg syndrome (RLS), a condition in which you have the uncomfortable urge to move your legs, especially while sleeping suddenly. It is also commonly used to treat the nerve pain in the hands and feet associated with long-standing diabetes, though this is an off-label use.