Gabapentin Pharmacology

Gabapentin is structurally related to GABA. However, it does not bind to GABAA or GABAB receptors, and it does not appear to influence synthesis or uptake of GABA.

High affinity gabapentin binding sites have been located throughout the brain; these sites correspond to the presence of voltage-gated calcium channels specifically possessing the alpha-2-delta-1 subunit.

Gabapentin 800 mg Tab-IVA
Gabapentin 800 mg Tab-IVA

This channel appears to be located presynaptically, and may modulate the release of excitatory neurotransmitters which participate in epileptogenesis and nociception.

Absorption

Variable, from proximal small bowel by L-amino transport system; saturable process; dose-dependent

Vd: 58 ± 6 L; CSF concentrations are ~20% of plasma concentrations

Metabolism

Not metabolized

Excretion

Proportional to renal function; urine (as unchanged drug)

Clearance: Apparent oral clearance is directly proportional to CrCl: Clearance in infants is highly variable; oral clearance (per kg) in children <5 years of age is higher than in children ≥5 years of age

Time to Peak

Immediate release: Infants 1 month to Children 12 years: 2 to 3 hours; Adults: 2 to 4 hours; Extended release: 8 hours

Half-Life Elimination

Infants 1 month to Children 12 years: 4.7 hours

Adults, normal: 5 to 7 hours; increased half-life with decreased renal function; anuric adult patients: 132 hours; adults during hemodialysis: 3.8 hours

Protein Binding

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