The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of adjunctive gabapentin (GBP) in the treatment of patients with intellectual disability (ID) and bipolar spectrum disorders. Ten affected subjects with demonstrable increases in symptomatology during 'significant' life events which had interfered with or induced the interruption of their rehabilitation programmes were chosen for this study. The meaning of 'significant' was defined for each patient as a frequently repeated life event which had elicited a marked increase in symptoms on at least two occasions. Gabapentin (300-900 mg day-1) was added to the standard therapy. The subjects' psychopathological conditions during the significant life event were assessed by means of standardized tools both before and after adjunctive therapy with GBP. A positive response to therapy was observed, with subsequent improvement of psychopathological conditions, particularly for anxiety and depressive symptoms. The promising results obtained with GBP suggest the need for further trials. Adjunctive GBP may become an alternative treatment approach for patients with ID in whom traditional mood-stabilizing agents have frequent contraindications.

Adjunctive gabapentin in patients with intellectual disability and bipolar spectrum disorders

CARTA, MAURO;CARPINIELLO, BERNARDO
2001

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of adjunctive gabapentin (GBP) in the treatment of patients with intellectual disability (ID) and bipolar spectrum disorders. Ten affected subjects with demonstrable increases in symptomatology during 'significant' life events which had interfered with or induced the interruption of their rehabilitation programmes were chosen for this study. The meaning of 'significant' was defined for each patient as a frequently repeated life event which had elicited a marked increase in symptoms on at least two occasions. Gabapentin (300-900 mg day-1) was added to the standard therapy. The subjects' psychopathological conditions during the significant life event were assessed by means of standardized tools both before and after adjunctive therapy with GBP. A positive response to therapy was observed, with subsequent improvement of psychopathological conditions, particularly for anxiety and depressive symptoms. The promising results obtained with GBP suggest the need for further trials. Adjunctive GBP may become an alternative treatment approach for patients with ID in whom traditional mood-stabilizing agents have frequent contraindications.
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