Gabapentin is a Proven Treatment for Refractory Chronic Cough
While reviewing hot topics on our forum pages I came across a topic written by our own Charlene Marshall. The topic is titled; Gabapentin for IPF- Related Cough? There were many responses to this topic in the last month. I found several publications supporting the use of Gabapentin for “refractory chronic cough”. Unfortunately, this is one of the symptoms many IPF patients suffer with. The article; “Chronic Cough: Our Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment” appeared in the Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institutes website. Dr. Rachel Taliercio authored the article and writes, “Gabapentin has been shown to improve cough-specific quality of life in patients with refractory chronic cough, suggesting that central reflex sensitization is involved in this syndrome.” Although the article doesn’t specifically mention IPF it does give a concise perspective on chronic cough.
When I take medicines prescribed to me, I try and educate myself on their properties and side effects. I feel I should know everything about them before I begin to take them. In her article Dr. Taliercio states, “Educating patients about possible side effects and having a protocol to guide titration of therapy is essential. Equally important is early referral to a speech pathology specialist. This therapy is an effective nonpharmacologic modality for the management of chronic cough.” I do know of several persons who are taking this medicine and have seen a speech pathologist to control the coughing.
I found an article published in The Lancet. The article is titled; “Gabapentin for refractory chronic cough: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial”. There is a charge if you would like to read the entire article but I feel the summary that is linked is sufficient. In this trial the gabapentin “is both effective and well-tolerated”.
As a forum member and co-moderator I am grateful for our members who are constantly bringing attention to other treatments that others may not have heard of. Will the results, I have stated here persuade you to ask your physician about gabapentin?
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