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Is Gabapentin A Narcotic Drug
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
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
I have fibromyalgia, my pain has really increased. My GP will not prescribe narcotics so he upped my gabapentin to 600mg x 4. Is this safe? Thx
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is gabapentin a safe drug to take! I have nerve pain. I am concern about its effect on my health!
I have pheripal nuerophathy and have recently started taking gabapentin 300mg 5 times a day. Is this a weight gaining drug? .... Thank you....Trish
I took the drug Gabapentin 100mg like 4 hours ago and I don't like it and I like to get some sleep and I am wondering if I could take my Ambien right?
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
I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?
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