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“In some cases, gabapentinoids may be prescribed because opioids are not sufficient to manage pain,” says Dr. Vennela Thumula, of WCRI. “In other cases, it is possible that gabapentinoids are added with an intention to wean off opioids.” (Credit: Kimberly Boyles/Adobe Stock) “In some cases, gabapentinoids may be prescribed because opioids are not sufficient to manage pain,” says Dr. Vennela Thumula of WCRI. “In other cases, it is possible that gabapentinoids are added with an intention to wean off opioids.” (Credit: Kimberly Boyles/Adobe Stock)

Gabapentinoids are increasingly being prescribed off-label or unapproved use of an approved drug, as part of pain management regimens following work-related injuries, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

The group of drugs, which includes gabapentin and pregabalin (brand name Neurontin and Lyrica, respectively), accounted for the third-highest prescription payments among workers’ comp claims, trailing dermatological and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, WCRI reported. During the first quarter of 2020, about 10% of prescription payments were for gabapentinoids in the 28 states covered by the study.

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