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Is gabapentin a barbiturate or benzodiazepine?

Is gabapentin a barbiturate or benzodiazepine?

Neither: It is an anti-seizure med. However, it may have some effects on the gaba receptor, though this may not be it's main mechanism of action. It can be sedating, like the other 2 classes of drugs. ...Read more

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Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more


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What is gabapentin? Is it a barbiturate or a benzodiazepine?

What is gabapentin? Is it a barbiturate or a benzodiazepine?

Neither: Gabapentin is used to treat partial seizures, pain related to post herpetic neuralgia as well as neuropathic pain. While it does modulate the activity of the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gaba, it's mechanism of action is significantly different from that of a benzodiazepine or barbiturate. As a result does not result in physiologic dependence. ...Read more

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What's the reason for giving opiate-addicted neonates barbiturates as opposed to benzodiazepines?

What's the reason for giving opiate-addicted neonates barbiturates as opposed to benzodiazepines?

Various reasons: Infants withdrawing from opiates have been treated with many types of drugs. The best-with the least amount of complications is opium drops or phenobarbital. Benzodiazapines have been associated with respiratory complications and are not recommended. Abstinence syndrome is complicated and should be supervised by an experienced Neonatologist. Management may take some time so try to be patient. ...Read more

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I seem to have a bad reaction to meds like ambien, gabapentin, and most if not all benzodiazepine's. The only meds that have ever calmed me down consistantly so i can get some sleep have been pain killers. I have a script for hydrcodones for several badl

I  seem to have a bad reaction to meds like ambien, gabapentin, and most if not all benzodiazepine's. The only meds that have ever calmed me down consistantly so i can get some sleep have been pain killers. I have a script for hydrcodones for several badl

Wrong use for opiate: Your question, if there was one, seems to have been cut off. But it appears you might have been leading to the idea of using hydrocodone for sleep, due to "bad reactions" to other medications. Please work with your own physician on this problem -- you may need a sleep study to discern what's happening. If you're using hydrocodone for sleep you may have dependency on opiates. ...Read more

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What is the difference between barbiturates v benzodiazepines?

What is the difference between barbiturates v benzodiazepines?

Both are: Sedative hypnotic's and both enhance the activity of inhibitory neurotransmitters in the cns. Both exert action at the gaba receptor complex. Barbiturates also block excitatory neurotransmitter. While the chemical structures are different, the most significant differences are the wider therapeutic window, lower drug tolerance and lower propensity for abuse with the benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between barbiturates and benzodiazepines?

Yes, very different: Barbiturates are sedatives with a low "therapeutic index", meaning that a toxic dose isn't much higher than an effective dose. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers (some sedating, some not) with a higher therapeutic index, i.e., safer. Chemically they are completely different. However, both can be addictive, with tolerance developing with repeated doses. ...Read more

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What is the difference between benzodiazepines and barbiturates?

What is the difference between benzodiazepines and barbiturates?

Similar effect: Both are calming agents. However, they have a different mechanism of action. The side effects of barbiturates are more dangerous than those of benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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If you receive a epidural during labor, will you test positive for barbituates and benzodiazapans ? Drug screen was given after epidural was given!

If you receive a epidural during labor, will you test positive for barbituates and benzodiazapans ? Drug screen was given after epidural was given!

No: Patient's who have an epidural for labor typically receive local anesthetic and may also receive an opioid narcotic. The exact medications depend on the patient, labor, anesthesiologist, obstetrician, and practice setting. I would not expect that you received barbiturates or benzodiazepines unless the epidural was also used for a c-section and those medications were administered after delivery. ...Read more

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Is it best to stagger new medications, i.e. start one a week or so before introducing another. I have started Gabapentin and have Baclofen prescribed. Maybe I should wait to add Baclofen until I've gotten to a full dose of Gabapentin?

Is it best to stagger new medications, i.e. start one a week or so before introducing another.  I have started Gabapentin and have Baclofen prescribed.  Maybe I should wait to add Baclofen until I've gotten to a full dose of Gabapentin?

If possible, yes: It is helpful if your Doctor agrees-let them know and discuss with them, as if you start both meds at the same time, you may not know which one genuinely helps and or if you get an adverse reaction/side effect, you would not know which one caused it, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I get barbiturates prescribed?

How can I get barbiturates prescribed?

Prescribed for what?: There is really only one condition for which a barbiturate can be a drug-of-choice, and that is generalized seizures, for which either Phenobarbital or Primidone (which is metabolized into phenobarbital) can be a first line drug. Barbiturates are mostly complexed with tylenol (acetaminophen) and caffeine in migraine pills like Fioricet etc which I believe is an irrational and dangerous drug. Many better choices. ...Read more

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No, I've been positive only for barbiturates?

Don't know if you: are referring to a previous question that you submitted. Questions are not linked on Healthtap. ...Read more

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Why are barbiturates dangerous to your health?

Why are barbiturates dangerous to your health?

Barbiturates: Are sedative-hypnotic drugs derived from Barbituric acid. Risks from sudden discontinuation, leading to seizures, and also potential for abuse. ...Read more

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What are barbiturates, and what medications contain it?

What are barbiturates, and what medications contain it?

Sedatives: Teh class of barbiturates are sedatives and not used as often today as in the past. Newer agents with fewer side effects and less abuse potential are now available. Most use in now limited to hospitals. ...Read more

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