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Old 06-19-2009, 06:59 AM   #1
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Do people abuse Neurontin?

I am wondering because at my last doctors appointment I told the doc that I have been having a lot of shooting pains at night (obviously that's nerve pain) and I asked him if he thought I needed to increase my dose of Neurontin. I take 100mg at bedtime, which by what I have read on here isn't very much. He looked at me funny and said no. Instead he gave me an RX for Ambien, but I didn't even fill it because that medication makes me groggy for 2 days after I take it.
Anyway, I was wondering if maybe he thought I was fishing for more Neurontin, I know people abuse all kinds of stuff. Personally, I don't see the draw but I only take neurontin at night so I don't really know how it makes me feel.
So have you heard of people getting "high" on it, is that why my doctor looked at me funny?

 
Old 06-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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Re: Do people abuse Neurontin?

I have not heard of neurontin being abused, after taking it myself I don't see any relation to that kind of thing. You are taking a very low dose, almost not even worth taking it. Why would he prescribe ambien which I think most people should try to avoid instead of bringing up your neurontin dose a bit - I think that is an odd reaction. What is your diagnosis for nerve pain? Or are you taking it for mood?

 
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:38 PM   #3
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Re: Do people abuse Neurontin?

Brosiah,

I've never heard of it, but neurontin and lyrica both caused very strange side effects for me. Severe sedation, and a sense of being sort of disconnected to reality. The neurontin also caused my hands and feet to swell hugely, and the lyrica affected my ability to talk. Right before I went off it my 95 yr old FIL had a small stroke and if a medical person had been in the room with the two of us, they likely would have thought I was the one who had had a stroke. At that point I told the Dr - NO MORE. Both these drugs can cause neurological side effects so I suppose it's possible there are people who get some sort of euphoria from it or something. Both are a medication that you have to up the dosage slowly and if you have to go off it you need to go slowly too, there is some physical dependance.

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Old 06-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #4
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Re: Do people abuse Neurontin?

I take 200mg of neurotin at night and I too see no side effects that would make me want to abuse it. My sciatica has improved, but is still there and my regular doc said that I was on a very low dose, I guess some people are on at least 600mg a day.

Sorry that it doesn't answer your question, but I wonder why they gave you ambien instead?

 
Old 06-22-2009, 09:27 AM   #5
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Re: Do people abuse Neurontin?

That's a strange reaction from your doctor. I find that most docs LOVE to prescribe Neurontin for pain relief & sleep for the very purpose of avoiding drugs with abuse potential like narcotics and tranquilizers. Also, I agree 100mg is an extremely low dose. When I started on Neurontin 7 years ago, my rheumatologist put me on 600mg per day. When my neurologist found out he said that was too low of a dose and he upped it to 1800mg. Eventually I was taking 4500mg per day with no high feelings at all. The fact that Neurontion is not a scheduled med should tell you something about it's low abuse potential. It doesn't sound like your doc is well educated about this particular med.

 
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Re: Do people abuse Neurontin?

Well I can say that Neurontin & Lyrica are very similar and Lyrica is a Schedule V medication because it does have "some" abuse potential. It was given to drug addicts and found to cause a "likeable" feeling or calming effect similar to a benzodiazepine. However, this is not the case with Neurontin as far as I know. I think your doctor is very strange too for not increasing your Neurontin, I used to be on it and was taking 3600mg/day. I currently take Lyrica at 450mg/day but was on 600mg/day for quite awhile until I could not take the sedation any longer.

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Re: Do people abuse Neurontin?

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I am wondering because at my last doctors appointment I told the doc that I have been having a lot of shooting pains at night (obviously that's nerve pain) and I asked him if he thought I needed to increase my dose of Neurontin. I take 100mg at bedtime, which by what I have read on here isn't very much. He looked at me funny and said no. Instead he gave me an RX for Ambien, but I didn't even fill it because that medication makes me groggy for 2 days after I take it.
Anyway, I was wondering if maybe he thought I was fishing for more Neurontin, I know people abuse all kinds of stuff. Personally, I don't see the draw but I only take neurontin at night so I don't really know how it makes me feel.
So have you heard of people getting "high" on it, is that why my doctor looked at me funny?
I think you should seriously consider finding a different doctor. First, 100mg of Neurontin won't even bring you up to therapeutic levels. Because of such a low dose, it makes me wonder if he isn't using it as a pleseabo. That's no non-effective 100mg really is. Instead of increasing a medication that has - for all practicle purposes - no chance of abuse, he prescribes Ambien, which does have abuse potential. If my doctor did that, he would soon have one less patient.

 
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