The drug Gabapentin is occasionally prescribed to help control hot flashes resulting from hormone deprivation therapy (ADT). Today, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. issued a voluntary nationwide recall of their Northstar Labeled Gabapentin Capsules, USP 300 mg 100 count bottle. The recall was issued on complaints about empty capsules in prescriptions received by patients.

There is no indication that the drug is in any way contaminated or dangerous to anyone taking it as prescribed. The concern is that unknowingly taking empty capsules will mean that you will not be receiving the prescribed amount of medication.

If you have any of the recalled medication you should take the entire bottle back to your pharmacist and ask to have it replaced it with an alternative.

Joel T Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.