Pain Management for Dilation and Evacuation

Gabapentin for Pain Management During Dilation and Evacuation

Justification. Pain control is still an issue for women undergoing second trimester abortion procedures. The investigators propose a randomized controlled double-blinded trial evaluating the use of adjunct gabapentin versus placebo in addition to moderate sedation during D&E. The investigators hypothesize that 600 mg oral gabapentin administered pre-operatively at the time of cervical preparation initiation will improve intra-operative pain control. The investigators also hypothesize that it will improve pre- and post-operative pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and overall satisfaction with pain management during D&E. To test the hypotheses the investigators plan to enroll 130 participants who will be randomized 1 to 1 to receive either 600 mg gabapentin or placebo at the initiation of cervical preparation.

Pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Drug - Gabapentin

Gabapentin (Neurontin®) is FDA-approved for the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia and seizure disorder. Off-label uses include chronic refractory cough, neuropathy, hot flashes, restless leg syndrome, social anxiety disorder, and post-operative pain

Drug - Placebo

Methylcellulose placebo capsule

Gabapentin as an Adjunct for Pain Management During Dilation and Evacuation: A Double-blind Randomized Controlled Trial