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G abapentin T esting in L aboratories : Enhancing Monitoring and Safety Measures

G abapentin, also known by its brand name Neurontin, is a medication primarily prescribed to treat seizures and nerve pain. However, its misuse and potential for abuse have led to increased concerns regarding its appropriate use. As a result, laboratories have developed testing protocols to detect gabapentin in various biological samples. In this article, we will explore the significance of gabapentin testing in laboratories, its importance in monitoring patient compliance, and its role in ensuring safety measures are in place.

Gabapentin Misuse and Abuse Gabapentin, originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an antiepileptic drug, has gained attention for its potential misuse and abuse. Although gabapentin is not classified as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Ad ministration (DEA), studies have reported instances of misuse, particularly in popu lations with a history of substance abuse. The drug can produce sedative effects and potentiate the effects of other substances, leading to its misuse to enhance the high associated with opioids or other illicit drugs. Gabapentin Testing Diagnostic Testing: Laboratories offer di agnostic tests to detect the presence of ga bapentin in various biological samples, in cluding urine, blood, and oral fluid. These tests can help healthcare professionals confirm the appropriate use of gabapen-

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