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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 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 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

Yes: That dose is reasonable. Avoid narcotics. Have you tried Cymbalta or Savella (milnacipran)? Consider seeing a rheumatologist and disregard doctors who try to explain fibromyalgia on loose-jointedness. ...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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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 have pheripal nuerophathy and have recently started taking gabapentin 300mg 5 times a day. Is this a weight gaining drug? .... Thank you....Trish

Side fx gabapentin: Sometimes gabapentin may promote weight gain, but it is not very common. The main side effect is drowsiness.

Amitriptyline is much more often implicated in weight gain. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Taking gabapentin: & ambien together can increase risk for side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, or trouble with concentration. If you were to take these together - would only do so if you are about to go to bed. DON"T mix with alcohol. ...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

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)

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