Gabapentin in generalized seizures

Epilepsy Res. 1996 Nov;25(3):191-7. doi: 10.1016/s0920-1211(96)00020-4.


The efficacy of gabapentin (Neurontin), in generalized seizures was evaluated in this 14 week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, add-on, multicenter study. A total of 129 patients with refractory generalized seizures were randomized to receive either placebo or 1200 mg/day gabapentin as add-on therapy. Patients received their standard regimens of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during a 12 week baseline period, and gabapentin or placebo was added-on in the subsequent 14 week evaluation period. Results of both an intent-to-treat (ITT) and evaluable-patient analyses showed that gabapentin provided greater reduction in the frequency of generalized tonic-clonic seizures than did placebo; however, the differences between treatments were not statistically significant. Gabapentin did not affect the frequency of absence or myoclonic seizures. Adverse events were reported by 67% of gabapentin-treated patients and by 56% of placebo-treated patients. The most frequently occurring adverse events among patients receiving gabapentin were somnolence, fatigue, and dizziness. Gabapentin is well tolerated by patients with generalized seizures. The results of this study show a trend toward an effect of gabapentin in reducing the frequency of generalized tonic-clonic seizures and suggest that further exploration of high dose gabapentin in generalized epilepsy is warranted.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acetates / adverse effects
  • Acetates / therapeutic use*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Amines*
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anticonvulsants / adverse effects
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Epilepsy, Generalized / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Gabapentin
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid*


  • Acetates
  • Amines
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
  • Gabapentin