Neurontin, also known as gabapentin, is a prescription drug that prevents seizures and relieves pain symptoms from certain conditions. It treats epilepsy, shingles, restless leg syndrome and other kinds of neuropathic pain. Neurontin is also sometimes used on an off-label basis for issues such as anxiety, bipolar and insomnia. Many individuals also take Neurontin or gabapentin for migraine headaches, although its effectiveness is not yet proven.
Neurontin was originally intended to mimic a powerful brain chemical called GABA. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax and alcohol also affect GABA. Although research now suggests Neurontin does not mimic GABA as originally intended, its strong psychoactive effects have been linked to dependency and addiction.
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Neurontin Side Effects
Neurontin causes several side effects. Most notable is the Neurontin high that resembles the effects of marijuana. If you take Neurontin exactly as prescribed and under the attentive care of a qualified physician, you will probably notice certain side effects. These may include clumsiness or unsteadiness, dry mouth, fatigue, swelling of the extremities, dizziness, fatigue, weight gain and sexual dysfunction. In addition, kidney problems may grow worse if you already have impaired renal function.
Neurontin is also linked with an increased risk of depression, including suicidal behavior, in those who combine it with other anti-seizure drugs. Taking too much Neurontin can cause a fatal overdose, especially when combined with another depressant such as alcohol.
Since fatal overdose is possible, it is important to take Neurontin exactly as prescribed and never with alcohol. Combining Neurontin with antihistamines, muscle relaxers, narcotic painkillers and sleep aids can also be dangerous. You can identify a potential overdose through certain symptoms such as slurred speech, extreme sedation or drowsiness, and blurry vision.
Neurontin grew in popularity as an effective drug. It was not believed to cause addiction, physical dependency or withdrawal. The view on Neurontin has changed — even though the federal government does not count Neurontin as a controlled substance.
Numerous cases of individuals suffering from flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and cognitive problems have been reported. If you have been taking Neurontin for an extended period of time, you can expect to feel withdrawal syndromes similar to the ones felt by people addicted to benzos or alcohol.
Am I Addicted to Neurontin?
If you have been taking Neurontin and think you may be addicted, ask yourself:
- Have I tried to quit Neurontin but find the withdrawal symptoms too difficult to tolerate?
- Have I asked my doctor for a higher dosage of Neurontin?
- Have my original pain symptoms disappeared, yet I still take Neurontin anyway?
- Have I started having problems at work, with loved ones, with finances or my reputation — even if it doesn’t seem related to Neurontin?
- Have I combined Neurontin with alcohol or another drug to get a stronger high?
If these symptoms sound familiar, or if you’re still not sure, we can answer your questions about Neurontin.
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