In this course, Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., will review the clinical utility of gabapentin and pregabalin for the treatment of pain. This course will compare and contrast the clinical use of these agents, with a focus on dosing, tolerability, monitoring, and patient education. The course will also include information on use of gabapentinoids in special populations, potential interactions with other medications, and other clinical considerations for treatment of chronic pain.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Recall the names of the FDA approved gabapentinoids
- Compare and contrast the tolerability and monitoring of gabapentinoids
- Describe the dosing of gabapentinoids and how dosing of each is adjusted in special populations
- List patient educational pearls regarding the use of gabapenintoids in pain
How it Works
After watching a video presentation by Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.
- Video Presentation
- Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
- Evaluation of the training
About the Presenter
Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, FCCP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of New England College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Pharmacist at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an Inpatient Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Nichols is dual-board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).
Dr. Nichols has co-published over 20 manuscripts in journals including: Pain, J of Psychopharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Psychosomatics, PLoS ONE, J of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Pharmacology, Peer J, and Preventative Medicine. Her research interests include: SUDs, psychotropic polypharmacy, and prevention, detection, and mitigation of psychotropic drug related problems. She is also very active in national clinical pharmacy organizations and serves as an expert consultant for the SAMHS Opioid Response Network (ORN, formerly STR-TA). View Bio
Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.
- 1 contact hour pending for nurses.
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- Certificate of completion for 1 contact hour for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.
Disclosure: Neither the presenter nor the program planners (CCSME) have any commercial interest or conflict of interest to disclose.
Disclaimer: This course is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice. The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME).