Your opinion on Gabapentin (for horses)
I have a headshaker, and I am working hard to try to try and help her as much as I can. I take her out daily and examine her symptoms during grooming and lunging and record what happens each day. So far we have tried a UV mask (which hasn't done much) and I have ordered a nose net for her to see if that will help.
I was convinced it was most likely allergies, but when I took her out yesterday, my opinion has completely changed. Yesterday it was raining, and the rain was triggering the head shaking. I found that if I cupped my hands over her muzzle, it seemed to help some. I am not leaning towards the possibility of it being neurological, possibly combined with stress and nervousness??
I am thinking of trying gabapentin with her. Has anyone tried this and/or has any opinion on it?
I had never heard of it so I looked it up.
Gabapentin for Veterinary Use
Can this be bought OTC? without a vet giving the ok? I read some 2011 comments on another forum.
Between those comments and this link, I wouldn't go near this stuff without the vet saying it was ok. JMO:-)
gabapentin for horses
I have a thoroughbred who was diagnosed with headshaking syndrome three years ago. He was unrideable while affected by the syndrome. I start him on gabapentin in the spring when he begins showing signs of irritation. I increase his dosage until he reaches 1500 mg twice a day, which seems to ease the headshaking and makes him rideable and comfortable. I get the gabapentin from HealthWarehouse.com with a prescription from my vet.
No not OTC. RX only It is used for many things in humans as well. Helps control seizures for epileptics among other things.
Gabapentin is widely used for neuropathic pain. However; in my opinion, there are much better drugs on the market now to treat such types of neuropathy. Although, Gaba does tend to be a lot less expensive. I'd be interested to know what your vet RX's for you.
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