Horizant is available in different doses, depending on what is being treated and is to be taken around 5 pm. The prescription stays in your system for approximately 30 hours, depending on a variety of personal factors.
If you are advised to stop taking Horizant, work with your doctor and inform him or her of any drugs you plan to take after stopping Horizant so you can avoid any adverse interaction, which may occur before the prescription leaves your system entirely.
Horizant is the brand name for the generic prescription gabapentin. It’s an anticonvulsant and a long-acting form of gabapentin that is prescribed to treat severe restless leg syndrome and nerve pain due to shingles. It is not interchangeable with other gabapentin medications.
Horizant was designed to be recognized by two different transporters in the intestines, where the medication is converted into gabapentin. Exactly how Horizant works in your body is unknown. The dosage of Horizant depends on what is being treated and is taken orally in the evening. It’s recommended for those who sleep at night and are awake during the day.
As with most prescription drugs, taking Horizant enables the possibility of experiencing certain side effects. These side effects include:
- Loss of coordination
- Blurred vision
There is a small chance of mental changes while taking Horizant, causing thoughts of suicide or signs of depression. If you experience any side effects, either physical or mental, talk to your doctor. He will help you decide if Horizant is the right medication for you.
Do not abruptly stop taking Horizant because you have a higher chance of experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as agitation, disorientation, confusion and seizures. If you have to or choose to stop taking Horizant, work with your doctor to safely wean off of the medication.
Horizant is not listed as a classified substance; however, this medication can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor who has determined that it can best treat your condition.
Due to the opioid crisis, many people are turning to anticonvulsants as a means of pain relief. As a result, it’s been recently reported that many are misusing the prescriptions for euphoric effects or to relieve withdrawal symptoms from other substances.
If you feel you or a loved one is misusing Horizant, don’t wait to get help. Go online to www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help you overcome your addiction today.
As mentioned, it’s not well known exactly how Horizant affects the brain, but its structure mimics the neurotransmitter GABA and affects the way the nerve cells communicate. The intention with Horizant is to stop severe restless leg syndrome and to lessen nerve pain.
The effect on your body is lowered nerve pain and the ability to stop your legs from continual movement while you’re trying to rest. There is a chance of side effects from Horizant, as listed in the prescription facts section, which explains how the prescription may affect your brain and your body.
If you are experiencing any side effects, whether physical or mental, please contact your doctor right away, so you can receive the best care possible.
The half-life of a medication is the time it takes for its effectiveness to be cut in half after a person stops taking his last dose. The half-life for Horizant is between 5.1 and 6 hours.
Several factors play a part in how long Horizant stays in your system, which are:
- Kidney function
- Other medications being taken simultaneously
Your doctor can help you figure out the approximate time frame Horizant will stay in your system. Inform your doctor of your complete medical history, so he can accurately help you.
There’s no definitive time frame as to how long Horizant can be detected in your urine, hair and blood; however, the prescription stays in your system for a little less than two days, so it will most likely be detected in your urine and blood for at least that length of time. Drugs can be detected in your hair a great deal longer than that, about 90 days so that most likely holds true with Horizant.
Drug tests are typically performed to detect narcotic use. Horizant isn’t a narcotic and shouldn’t show up on a regular drug test; however, you should inform the test administrator of all drugs you are taking, prescription and non-prescription.
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