What is Neurontin Used For?

What is Neurontin?

What is Neurontin? According to the website Drugs.com, “Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.”

Formulated as an anticonvulsant, Neurontin is used to treat nerve pain caused by a variety of diseases and disorders, including epilepsy, shingles, and seizures. If Neurontin is taken as prescribed, there is a low risk of side effects or the psychological disease of addiction. However, in recent years, more and more people have taken to abusing Neurontin, also called Gabapentin, known as “gabbies” on the street.
Statistics are sobering when it comes to the dramatic rise in abuse of Neurontin. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) indicates that the number of emergency room visits involving nonmedical use of Gabapentin have increased by 90% in the United States since 2008.

Why do people abuse Neurontin? There are several different reasons why the Neurontin drug has become so popular on the street lately. Firstly, stricter regulations on opioids and benzodiazepines are causing drug seekers to turn to prescription drugs like Neurontin in order to get high. Another major reason for the rise in Neurontin drug misuse is simply that it’s still pretty easy to get a prescription for it. Doctors haven’t yet become as wary of Neurontin as they are of other, more commonly misused prescription drugs.

While Neurontin is not considered to be an opioid, ingesting excessive amounts of it can cause a high similar to that of opioid drugs. Effects of a Neurontin high can include: euphoria, enhanced sociability, a state of relaxation, a sedative/opiate-like buzz with no discernible comedown, and psychedelic / MDMA-like effects.
Any drug, prescription or otherwise, that can be addictive will likely have withdrawal effects, and Neurontin is no exception. Regardless of whether Neurontin is taken recreationally or as a prescription, patients will likely experience withdrawal side effects when it’s discontinued. This is the case even for short-term use at low dosages. For this reason, patients are encouraged to carefully consider whether starting use of the Neurontin drug is the necessary option for their needs.
People who take the drug are of the opinion that stopping Neurontin is quite a difficult and painful process. One user indicates, “I wish I had known how difficult this drug was to discontinue before I had ever taken the first pill. I wish someone had warned me.” Another says, “The only thing keeping me going is knowing how much I go through each day and I try to tell myself I am one day closer to feeling better.”

When stopping the use of Neurontin, it is recommended to taper off under the advice and care of a medical professional in order to reduce or avoid symptoms of Neurontin withdrawal like irritability, restlessness, headache, disorientation, anxiety and hallucinations.

If you or a loved one could be struggling with substance use disorder involving Neurontin, Gabapentin or another drug, we invite you to contact our compassionate and well-trained team at The Recovery Village. Even if you just have questions you’d like answered, we’re here and ready to help in any way we can.

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