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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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I'm wondering if Neurontin (gabapentin) is a narcotic?

I'm wondering if Neurontin (gabapentin) is a narcotic?

No: It is not. It's one of the safest medications on the market and is often used to treat nerve pain, headaches, seizures and other conditions. Rarely, it can be associated with depression and occasionally it causes forgetfulness, weight gain or leg swelling, but the overwhelming majority of people who take it tolerate it fairly well and it does not interact with any other medication. ...Read more

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Meds ? Gabapentin cause migraines? Is it a narcotic?

Gabapentin: This medication is well tolerated by most patients as it has a low side effect profile and drug-interaction. It can however cause headache in less than 5% of patients. The headaches usually subside with continued use. Discuss this with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I am on 50 mg tramadol and 300 mg Neurontin (gabapentin) for bilateral ulnar nerve compression. And am still in pain. Is there a better medicine? (no narcotics)

Ulnar neuropathy: Actually the dose of Gabapentin you are taking is low. We routinely start low to prevent side effects then titrate slowly to higher doses. Target doses for my patients can go into the 3000 mg per day range. If this fails then other meds lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta are worth trying. Also may be worth having an ulnar injection to reduce nerve irritation. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis & deg disc disease. I've tried a host of NSAIDs, narcotics, ESIs & gabapentin/amitriptyline & PT. I haven't found much relief?

I have spinal stenosis & deg disc disease. I've tried a host of NSAIDs, narcotics, ESIs & gabapentin/amitriptyline & PT. I haven't found much relief?

Back pain relief: You seem to have a chronic back pain syndrome. You should have an EMG performed to rule out a definite nerve compression. You can also try nerve blocks normally performed by pain management or neurostimulator implants. If pain is significant and or causing weakness then surgical intervention may need to be considered. Other neuropathic meds are available. ...Read more

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Was addicted to opiates for years bc chronic nerve pain (CRP) Now on suboxone. Pain intolerable. Had surgery, lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, (can't take NSAID - bleed.) Non -narcotic suggestion? Any help at all?

Was addicted to opiates for years bc chronic nerve pain (CRP) Now on suboxone. Pain intolerable. Had surgery, lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, (can't take NSAID - bleed.) Non -narcotic suggestion? Any help at all?

Think holistically: Medications are one way of controlling nerve pain. Pain is a complex holistic process. You may be able to decrease need for meds by addressing other issues. That includes nutrient status, stress or emotional trauma that may have accompanied or pre-dated the injury, and movement and use of the limb. It's a complex topic. You might look for a doc who does integrative or functional medicine. ...Read more

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On Neurontin (gabapentin) b/c of post concussion after accident been reading about negative studies. How safe is this drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): a relatively new anticonvulsant compared to carbamazapine and phenytoin, differs from most other anticonvulsants because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin addictive drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): No, but sudden discontinuation is not advised. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin will show on a drug screen after 30 minutes of taking it?

Does gabapentin will show on a drug screen after 30 minutes of taking it?

No: Gabapentin is usually not looked for on a drug screen and taking it within a 30 minute interval would not likely show any significant blood level nevertheless. ...Read more

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Please i would like to know if Neurontin (gabapentin) shows up in a drug screen?

Please i would like to know if Neurontin (gabapentin) shows up in a drug screen?

Not unless: They run a specific test looking for it. It will not turn up at all on a common urine drug test and will not cause any false positives. ...Read more

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Will gabapentin show up on a drug test a benzo?

Will gabapentin show up on a drug test a benzo?

NO: Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant, and is not a benzodiazepine. It is not known to cause false positives on drug tests for benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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What does Neurontin (gabapentin) show up in drug test?

Anticonvulsant : Neurontin ( gabapentin) is in the class of anticonvulsants. I am not aware that it will cause a + drug screen. It does bind to the gaba receptor which is the same receptor a lot of sedatives affect. If you are getting +tests for something have the lab ck the calibration of their equipment. ...Read more

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I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?

I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?

Gabapentin and UAs: From my experience this is not a drug of any class that would be monitored by drug court. But, i believe it is always better to write down any medications you are taking when you given a ua. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin cause a false positive on a urine drug test?

Does gabapentin cause a false positive on a urine drug test?

Not Likely: It is unlikely that Neurontin (Gabapentin) will trigger a false positive urine test for drugs. However, if you are taking other medications then these medication may alone or in combination with Neurontin trigger a positive urine screen. Also, poppy seeds and other foods, fermented or otherwise may result in positive screen. Here's a reference: http://dig.pharm.uic.edu/faq/2011/Feb/faq1.aspx ...Read more

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Smaller doses of gabapentin better then higher doses? Bioavailability seems higher with lower doses so wouldn't you get more of the drug on lower dose

Gabapentin: true but at the same time you need a high dose of gabapentin in your system for it to work. Usually 1200mg. So lets say you take 300mg, and you absorb all 300... thats great but all you have is 300mg in your system. Now take 900mg. Lets say bioavailability fall to 75%. Well 75% of 900 is still way more in your system than 300mg. Oral absorbtion is generally like this. ...Read more

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Is it true that green tea interacts with no of drugs, if so does it have interaction with gabapentin or seretide inhalor? Thanks

Caffeine: Green tea has caffeine that can cause tachycardia and palpitations. Seretide can add to these side effects. Depends ow much green tea you want to consume may or may not matter. ...Read more

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What test is used to test soley for neurontin (gabapentin)? I recently took a ten panel urine drug screen, can they pull out of that 10 panel screen? Please help

Doubt it: Nobody, as far as i know, is testing for neurontin (gabapentin), (gabapentin) and there are no test kits designed for neurontin (gabapentin). If you are prescribed the drug, you have a right to take it. If you aren't, it is not a controlled substance. If you are using Neurontin (gabapentin) without a prescription, you need to talk to your doctor about a prescription for it. The Klonopin and percocet, however, will likely show up. ...Read more

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Why would neurontin (gabapentin) show up in my drug screen if I'm not on it? I have never taken it and have no reason to take it. I only take methadone.please help

False positive : It is possible to have cross reactivity on drug screening. This means that you are on one drug but it causes a positive reaction on the screening test for another drug. Gas chromatography and Mass Spectrometry can provide definitive testing in the sample. ...Read more

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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Neurontin (Definition)

Neurontin is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more