How Long Does Neurontin Stay in Your System?
Neurontin is a brand-name prescription medication, which is also known as gabapentin in its generic form. Neurontin is used along with other medicines for treating and controlling seizures related to epilepsy. Neurontin is also used to treat nerve pain related to shingles. Neurontin is classified as an antiepileptic and anticonvulsant drug. When someone is prescribed Neurontin, they’re instructed to take it in a way that allows the level of the drug in their body to stay constant. For example, when Neurontin is prescribed to treat seizures, it’s taken as often as three times a day. Some of the possible common side effects of Neurontin include dizziness, coordination problems and drowsiness. Any time someone uses Neurontin outside of how it’s prescribed by a medical professional, it can be considered to be abuse.
The FDA initially approved gabapentin in 1993 as a partial seizure medication. In 2004, Neurontin was approved to treat neuropathic pain as well. There has been an increase in the number of instances of Neurontin abuse in recent years. There are several different reasons that explain this trend. First, Neurontin is not currently classified as a controlled substance in the U.S. In 2015, there were 57 million prescriptions written for the drug, making it a widely available drug. Despite the fact that it isn’t a controlled substance, people who use it can experience effects similar to those of marijuana or benzodiazepines. The potential for abuse of Neurontin is particularly high when it’s combined with other substances, such as opioids or anxiety medications. Due to the risks of abuse that are now becoming more problematic with Neurontin, some states have moved to make it more difficult for people to obtain. Others are pushing for the drug to be classified as a controlled substance at the federal level.
Neurontin affects the brain and central nervous system. When someone uses Neurontin, it calms and stabilizes how nerve messages are sent to the brain. Medical professionals believe that Neurontin affects how electrical signals accumulate in the nerve cells. Neurontin is also believed to increase the production of the natural neurotransmitter GABA. When someone uses Neurontin, the calming effects of the drug may make them feel drowsy or fatigued. Neurontin can also cause people to feel more relaxed, which is why the drug is used off-label to treat anxiety.
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