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Is gabapentin addicting?

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Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Good Question

Most substances to be addictive must be shown to be associated with a Dopamine release in the brain's reward centers.
I'm not aware of evidence for that with Gabapentin but nonetheless it is for some a potent anti-anxiety agent, so it doesn't surprise me that addictive like patterns can emerge. If that's the case it is time to look for other ways to safely and effectively address the anxiety.

In brief: Good Question

Most substances to be addictive must be shown to be associated with a Dopamine release in the brain's reward centers.
I'm not aware of evidence for that with Gabapentin but nonetheless it is for some a potent anti-anxiety agent, so it doesn't surprise me that addictive like patterns can emerge. If that's the case it is time to look for other ways to safely and effectively address the anxiety.
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