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We often prescribe Gabapentin (also known as Neurontin) to our patients to help manage acute and chronic pain. This medication can also be prescribed to our anxious patients, to be administered prior to their visit with us, which helps to calm them and allows for a more thorough examination.

Gabapentin is quite safe when used as prescribed, though it can be harmful when combined with other opioids. In an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Board of Pharmacy has re-categorized this medication as a controlled substance effective January, 2019.

As veterinarians that prescribe controlled medications, we have to adhere to the same guidelines as human physicians. Before prescribing any controlled drug for longer than three days, we are required to review the owner’s controlled substance prescription history and report the prescription to the state.

We appreciate your understanding going forward as we continue to provide the best care we can for our patients while following the state regulations. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.