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THENS, Ohio — On April 5, Ciera Smith sat in a car parked on the gravel driveway of the Rural Women’s Recovery Program here with a choice to make: go to jail or enter treatment for her addiction.

Smith, 22, started abusing drugs when she was 18, enticed by the “good time” she and her friends found in smoking marijuana. She later turned to addictive painkillers, then anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax and eventually Suboxone, a narcotic often used to replace opioids when treating addiction.

Before stepping out of the car, she decided she needed one more high before treatment. She reached into her purse and then swallowed a handful of gabapentin pills.

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Last December, Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy began reporting sales of gabapentin prescriptions in its regular monitoring of controlled substances. The drug, which is not an opioid nor designated a controlled substance by federal authorities, is used to treat nerve pain. But the board found that it was the most prescribed medication on its list that month, surpassing oxycodone by more than 9 million doses. In February, the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network issued an alert regarding increasing misuse across the state.

And it’s not just in Ohio. Gabapentin’s ability to tackle multiple ailments has helped make it one of the most popular medications in the U.S. In May, it was the fifth-most prescribed drug in the nation, according to GoodRx.

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Gabapentin is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat epilepsy and pain related to nerve damage, called neuropathy. Also known by its brand name, Neurontin, the drug acts as a sedative. It is widely considered non-addictive and touted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an alternative intervention to opiates for chronic pain. Generally, doctors prescribe no more than 1,800 to 2,400 milligrams of gabapentin per day, according to information on the Mayo Clinic’s website.

Gabapentin does not carry the same risk of lethal overdoses as opioids, but drug experts say the effects of using gabapentin for long periods of time or in very high quantities, particularly among sensitive populations like pregnant women, are not well-known.

Athens, home to Ohio University, lies in the southeastern corner of the state, which has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Despite experience in combating illicit drug use, law enforcement officials and drug counselors say the addition of gabapentin adds a new obstacle. As providers dole out the drug in mass quantities for conditions such as restless legs syndrome and alcoholism, it is being subverted to a drug of abuse. Gabapentin can enhance the euphoria caused by an opioid and stave off drug withdrawals. In addition, it can bypass the blocking effects of medications used for addiction treatment, enabling patients to get high while in recovery.

“I don’t know if we have a clear picture of the risk,” said Joe Gay, executive director of Health Recovery Services, a network of substance abuse recovery centers headquartered in Athens.

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Rachel Quivey works as a pharmacist for a branch of Fruth Pharmacy, located in a strip mall beside a Dollar General in Athens, Ohio. She noticed clients were misusing gabapentin when they began picking up prescriptions early. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez/KHN

‘Available To Be Abused’

A literature review published in 2016 in the journal Addiction found about a fifth of those who abuse opiates misuse gabapentin. A separate 2015 study of adults in Appalachian Kentucky who abused opiates found 15 percent of participants also misused gabapentin in the past six months “to get high.”

In the same year, the drug was involved in 109 overdose deaths in West Virginia, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

Rachel Quivey, an Athens pharmacist, said she noticed signs of gabapentin misuse half a decade ago when patients began picking up the drug several days before their prescription ran out.

“Gabapentin is so readily available,” she said. “That, in my opinion, is where a lot of that danger is. It’s available to be abused.”

In May, Quivey’s pharmacy filled roughly 33 prescriptions of gabapentin per week, dispensing 90 to 120 pills for each client. For customers who arrive with scripts demanding a high dosage of the drug, Quivey sometimes calls the doctor to discuss her concerns. But many of them aren’t aware of gabapentin misuse, she said.

Even as gabapentin gets restocked regularly on Quivey’s shelves, the drug’s presence is increasing on the streets of Athens. A 300-milligram pill sells for as little as 75 cents. Yet, according to Chuck Haegele, field supervisor for the Major Crimes Unit at the Athens City Police Department, law enforcement can do little to stop its spread. That’s because gabapentin is not categorized as a controlled substance. That designation places restrictions on who can possess and dispense the drug.

“There’s really not much we can do at this point,” he said. “If it’s not controlled … it’s not illegal for somebody that’s not prescribed it to possess it.”

Haegele said he heard about the drug less than three months ago when an officer accidentally received a text message from someone offering to sell it. The police force, he said, is still trying to assess the threat of gabapentin.

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Quivey’s staff takes a photograph of every gabapentin prescription they dispense to keep a record of the number of pills they distribute to each client. They must report every gabapentin prescription they fill to the state drug-monitoring program. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez/KHN

Little Testing

Nearly anyone arrested and found to struggle with addiction in Athens is given the option to go through a drug court program to get treatment. But officials said that some exploit the absence of routine exams for gabapentin to get high while testing clean.

Brice Johnson, a probation officer at Athens County Municipal Court, said participants in the municipal court’s Substance Abuse Mentally Ill Program undergo gabapentin testing only when abuse is suspected. Screenings are not regularly done on every client because abuse has not been a concern and the testing adds expense, he said.

The rehab program run through the county prosecutor’s office, called Fresh Start, does test for gabapentin. Its latest round of screenings detected the drug in five of its roughly 238 active participants, prosecutor Keller Blackburn said.

Linda Holley, a clinical supervisor at an Athens outpatient program run by the Health Recovery Services, said she suspects at least half of her clients on Suboxone treatment abuse gabapentin. But the center can’t afford to regularly test every participant. Holley said she sees clients who are prescribed gabapentin but, due to health privacy laws, she can’t share their status as a person in recovery to an outside provider without written consent. The restrictions give clients in recovery an opportunity to get high using drugs they legally obtained and still pass a drug test.

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“With the gabapentin, I wish there were more we could do, but our hands are tied,” she said. “We can’t do anything but educate the client and discourage” them from using such medications.

Smith visited two separate doctors to secure a prescription. As she rotated through drug court, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, jail for relapsing on cocaine and house arrest enforced with an ankle bracelet, she said her gabapentin abuse wasn’t detected until she arrived at the residential recovery center.

Today, Smith sticks to the recovery process. Expecting a baby in early July, her successful completion of the program not only means sobriety but the opportunity to restore custody of her eldest daughter and raise her children.

She intends to relocate her family away from friends and routines that helped lead her to addiction and said she will help guide her daughter away from making similar mistakes.

“All I can do is be there and give her the knowledge that I can about addiction,” Smith said, “and hope that she chooses to go on the right path.”

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  • Stacy, I hope the Gabapentin works for you. My experience was that it worked for 3-5 days, and then didn’t help me at all. Even trying it again several years later… nothing. I expected it to at least work for a few days again, but it just didn’t do anything at all.

    I tried the spinal injections twice. The first time, the doctor used a small amount and it didn’t work. The second time he used more, and I got about 3 days out of it, BUT… If you have diabetes, you need to be aware that a steroid injection into your spine will send your blood glucose levels right off the scale! If it weren’t for that, it might have been an option for me, but you have to keep in mind that steroids suppress your immune system, and can make you much more susceptible to upper respiratory infections, including tuberculosis.

    I’ve been using oxycodone for at least six years now, with absolutely no complications whatsoever. Like anything else. you have to use it responsibly, and in moderation. A lot of people simply can’t manage to do that. I think it’s lazy and irresponsible to lump everyone into one category and say none of us can be trusted to manage our pain treatment because some can’t exercise adequate self control. Some people can’t be trusted to safely operate a motor vehicle either, but we don’t say no one can drive.

  • Yeah, CVS has started only to fill pain meds for 1 week. So if you take 4 pills a day, you can only get 28 for the week. So you have to go every week to get your pain meds. That’s what the CVS is doing in NJ. I find it utterly ridiculous to have to go every week to get my pain meds. I mean what exactly is the purpose. I guess maybe the idiots that sell it on the streets wouldn’t have their full script to sell. It’s just ridiculous !!!!

  • I have been a retail pharmacist for 20 years and work at a pharmacy where every other script is for pain meds. Every pharmacist is on the DEA watch list. I hear patients complaining that we should just shut up and fill. We all have our Doctorates in Pharmacy and it is our duty to protect patients even from themselves and yes bad MDs that just line their pockets at the expense of the addicted patients. Most of my patients are either on Medicaid and.or Medicare and many of them are selling this on the street. So they pay nothing. The taxpayer pays for it and they sell it for big dollars. We are professionals with a license that can be taken away for turning a blind eye.

    • Michael, I’d love to know how you’ve managed to determine that “many of (your customers) are selling their drugs on the street”. How many, Michael, and which ones? When I read an unqualified statement like that, everything else you’ve said becomes suspect. Doctors are ultimately responsible for the treatment that they determine is appropriate for their patients. Your job is to count the pills, and put them in the bottle.

    • I too would wonder if you are doing due diligence, tracking WHICH of your MD prescribers are ‘suspected’ doing this? Which customers are suspected of selling meds, HOW you know this DIRECTLY (not rumor), and do you turn their names in to DEA?What specifically are you doing to keep your oath to ‘save us from ourselves’ if you are CERTAIN their is selling of meds?? The facts are that MDs are far from willy-nilly writing scrips anymore. it is those NON prescribed, non patient younger people (i.e. teens) stealing meds, and combining drugs, who are having problems. the VULNERABLE chronic pain patients are now made to suffer, swept into the ‘deplorable’ pile with real heroin addicts, no one is hearing them as the NATIONAL PARANOIA sweeps them into MISERY. In a few years from now there will be great shame on this nation for tormenting actual patients who do not abuse, and writing them off while you all act like ‘unelected’ police. Legal adults are in charge or making health decisions with their doctors, until the noxious CDC decided to cherrypick some lousy ‘studies’ and data, act like big daddy, and invited you to join in too.

  • I recently was prescribed gabapentin and im very worried about one of the side effects witch was some people have died using this medication but researchers are not sure if gabapentin was the colpert wow that really makes me feel better NOT???

  • I’m tired of junkies who end up causing ME problems at the pharmacy. I take GP for small nerve nephropathy in my feet. I had an increase in dosage today from my neuro. Perfectly valid script. However, because it was filled 5 days before my normal refill would be, CVS REFUSED to fill it. Their reason? “Well, its not a controlled substance but its on its way to being one”. Again… 100% VALID script for a dosage increase. And I can’t get it filled because a bunch of idiots have to go and try and get high off it. I didn’t even know you COULD get high off it and I take a pretty hefty dose. They need to fix this problem. Sort it out so that pharmacies can stop playing doctor and DEA. I shouldn’t be punished because I have a legit use for this medication.

    • CVS is a pharmacy… they are NOT doctors, and they have no business telling doctors how to do their job, or interfering with a patient’s treatment. I urge all users of ANY medication to BOYCOTT CVS until they know and understand their role. This is a very stupid way for CVS to operate their business, and I wouldn’t buy a box of Q-Tips from any of their stores!

    • I, too have had experiences where an officious pharmacist has decided to exceed the requirements of the law and create a new and better private anti-drug policy. Though, to be fair … this is more likely to happen with birth control and ‘morning after pills’ than schedule 5 “narcotics.”

      But let us put the blame where it belongs. What you call “junkies” are people with a lot of problem, and not a lot of power. Drug laws were not enacted by or for “junkies” but by and for Drug Warriors in the legislature, clergy and police. It’s a long and sordid story, starting the Theodore’ Roosevelt’s policy of supporting the Chinese Empire’s opium prohibition in opposition to the British trade interests.

      You didn’t say what State you live in. I live in NY where to better stem the Opioid Epidemic we have an elaborate “I-Stop” program. The legislature has decided the dosage and quantity of controlled substances (and gabbapentin is NOT yet one of them) physicians are allowed to prescribe. Every prescription must be matched to a urine test (at $20 a pop, ching ching) and both the physician and the pharmacist must consult a state data base to be sure that the patient is not “polypharming” or “doctor shopping” — and, of course to confirm the validity of the prescription.

      Surprisingly … since the institution of this program in the aftermath of a widely publicized robbery-gone-wrong mass killing — the Opioid Epidemic has only grown WORSE. This has resulted in a popular demand for more and better policing, harsher penalties, and so forth. New Jersey has just placed a 15 day limit on opioids for post-operative patients … less for dental patients.

      But to return to the point: “Junkies” are not who creates these ineffective and intrusive policies. It’s “Prohibitionists” who have been with us, and have done well out of doing good since 1906.

    • “Every prescription must be matched to a urine test (at $20 a pop, ching ching) ”

      I wonder how heavily the companies administering these tests greased politicians’ palms there before the passage of this?

      This whole country is rotten with corruption. Disgusting, isn’t it? When I grew up in the 80s, there was corruption, to be sure, but its practitioners had little interest in controlling everyone’s lives as long as they got their payoffs–nor would such a thing have even been tolerated. Today’s corrupt actors, though, are totalitarian. With apologies to the Bard, like flies to wanton boys are we to they.

    • Junkies can have neuropathy too, ya know? Maybe they all got script’s upped too?! But what was five more days anyway Mr. Jonze

  • This is totally getting out of hand..I have had 3 back surgeries.Every day I crawl out of bed grab my pain medication and go to work..If I didn’t have pain meds I couldn’t work…Thanks drug addicts for ruining things for anybody who is genuinely in pain…

    • I know fed up with these dope heads, that now have completely made it ridiculous for the real chronic pain patients. Now all the time know I am perceived to be a drug addict, it’s getting worse on a daily basis. My back and legs are completely destroyed, if it wasn’t for my pain meds, I couldn’t even crawl out of my bed and try and live a pathetic life that I live. It’s ridiculous. Thanks to all the pathetic dope heads for making my life even more miserable than it already is. Thanks appreciate it !!!!!!!!

    • So people with valid chronic pain what do you do?
      I have gone to spinal specialists who confirm my issues but refer me to my GP for pain control. GPs won’t prescribe. Then comes pain clinics. All they want to do is injections with zero support. They say if there is a complication go to ER. ER treats you like a junkie! I am so very depressed. I was admitted for pain to the hospital for 2 nights a week ago. Drs no help as they passed the buck to oncall spine dr who said I wasn’t YET a candidate for surgery. That’s it. They gave me enough Percocet for about 5 days. I have gamapentin thank god because not sure where to go from here.

    • Kim, weed MAY be a gateway drug for some people, but it wasn’t for me. I experimented with a few things back in the late sixties, early seventies, but weed just made me paranoid and lazy. I gave it up decades ago. I don’t even drink. I take enough Oxycodone to allow me to work, which at 69 with a degenerative back injury, isn’t easy. I use that very sparingly, and I don’t get any kind of high from it… just the normalcy that healthy younger people already have. I’ve worked hard for half a century now. If I could retire, I would, but that’s not an option. I just hate to see anyone with a legitimate use for pain killers, especially with a long track record of using them sparingly and responsibly, have to have their lives ruined because mostly other people are looking for ways to get high. Those are the ones who are mostly overdosing through the misuse of Fentanyl or street opiates. Trump is getting it wrong, just like everyone else in the Government manages to do.

    • The only thing wrong with the “weed is a gateway drug” theory is … the medical science doesn’t support it. It sounds “right”. Police and prosecutors have been thumping away on that drum for sixty years at least. It just happens to be Fake News.

      It is, however, quite true that some people who consume weed … or booze … or cigarettes … or artificial sweeteners … later take up other, stronger substances. (In the long history of the Drug Wars, all these claims were made and believed at one time or another.)

      So … if it were not for illegal weed, many fewer people would have contact with criminals who will sell them narcotics (or handguns, or prostitutes) or pass them on to someone who will.

      This is one of the best arguments for legalization of recreational marijuana: break the connection between cannabis and criminals, break the connection between cannabis and crime.

  • As a long time chronic pain sufferer, the concerns expressed in this article sound like more of the “addiction” hysteria that’s currently in fashion with regard to not only opioids, but anything that can be construed to bring relief to those in genuine need, or bring a high to those seeking entertainment. I’ve tried Gabapentin, and it does relieve pain, and it even makes you feel good… for about 3 or 4 days. After that, it does nothing. You could quit taking it for a year, and then try it again, and it will do nothing. I don’t know why, but that’s been my experience.

    I’m 69 years old, still have to work every day to get by, and suffer with debilitating chronic pain every waking hour of my life. I take 10 mg Oxycodone tablets… four and a half of them a day, and I’m so stingy with them that I break them in half. It doesn’t give me any sort of “high,” and I’m not looking for one. I just want to be able to make a living, instead of having to lay in bed all day and worry about how I’m going to pay my bills. I’ve successfully managed my medications for years, never had an overdose, never run out early, because I have to budget my pills even more carefully than my money.

    Now, I’m very worried about what’s going to happen the next time I see my doctor. Those who claim that opioids can’t be used to manage chronic pain long term, and think that those of us who have to live this way actually like it, are very sadly mistaken. I wish every one of them could experience the hell that chronic pain sufferers have to deal with every day. It’s always there, and it’s relentless. It affects not only your physical quality of life, but your mood. You become irritable and depressed. You simply have no clue unless you’ve experienced it.

    Let’s do something about the real culprits here… the people who just want to get high for kicks, or get prescriptions they don’t need and sell them. THESE are the people the Government should be going after. These are the people most likely to overdose, and if it isn’t opioids, it’ll be something else. Even if someone told me that responsible use of opioids would shorten my life, I’d still choose that over a longer life in constant agony. Why can’t people understand this? The very unfortunate side effect to the current approach, is a lot of chronic pain sufferers are going to feel so desperate, that they’ll end up resorting to becoming heroin addicts. Those who choose that option will be much more likely to die of an overdose, catch some nasty disease, or wind up in prison. NONE of those consequences are going to benefit society or those unfortunate enough to wind up making that decision. There’s simply GOT to be a better way to deal with this!

    • Jim, you spoke for me too, close to your age. The wording of the CDC is “reduce opiods unless to do so causes HARM”. <<< That applies to chronic pain patients specifically. And the MAIN point in the VA Guideline is NOT to "remove pain, but to KEEP Function"..which is YOUR point. The VA is INTENSELY stopping opioids via a regimented program, for those under 30, injured in war..so they won't be using drugs for 50 more years. I am watching the national opiod paranoia sweep in the ALL vulnerable pain patients. Drs went from 'overdosing" us on too many, to the opposite? ..how can we trust a CDC that does that? The guidelines on opioids are poorly written, (there is now a real protest and action by doctors, researchers and pain patients to REMOVE them written as they are.) Plus the way people 'absorb' them is different, and UNKNOWN, there is no accurate testing. As a veteran, disabled in a car accident mine were reduced so low, by 90%, that 15 mg a day of oxy forced me to stop doing much, my home is a cluttered mess, the yard the same, I just LOST a year of my life to too low a dose by forcible taper. Then even 900 mg daily of Gaba gave me brain fog, and weight gain..it is not a good med for me..period. I finally had my new PCP listen, and give me 30mg oxy as I taper off the Gaba.. .what a life changer! Now i CAN get things done without worry I'll either be in agony at night, saving the last 5mg one to sleep, or take it for pain at 6pm, and misery of no sleep guaranteed. (waiting to have them reduce it again) Now even Tylenol is seen as harmful, they dropped the allowable safe dose from 4,000 mg a day (typical in Vicodin with 500 mg tylenol) to 1,000mg with less even better…and I can't take that either. Like you I would trade time -stuck in a chair, unable to travel, drive, or be active to the end of life -for a life I can actually enjoy. IF they can develop meds that touch OTHER brain receptors, maybe there will be help for all. The REAL reason for this pressure is the young people stealing meds, mixing with alcohol, taking dangerous fentynal/heroin… the gov. needs TAXPAYING workers in future, with 70+ million elderly TAKING care, and fewer working Americans coming up, if they fail too because of drugs, there is no money coming in to pay for anything. and too many on the dole…the nation fails. Allowing a massive permanent 'brown underclass' of migrants to work adds too little to the till… again fail. So protecting the young, and sacrificing the sick in the backwash, who die sooner, also saves $, helps solve the problem of keeping a working nation.

    • There’s a recurring theme in this conversation to the effect that ADDICTS are to blame for whatever difficulty “real sufferers” endure under draconian anti-opium laws.

      Let’s be clear: For over 100 years The Anti-Drug crusade has been a gravy train for legislators, police, lawyers and more recently: prison owners.

      I live in NY State where our “I-Stop” program requires a urine test and a data base check and entry for every prescription of every ‘controlled substance’. (Curiously, gabbapentin is not yet on the list, but Ambian, and some anti-nausia drugs are.) Since I am self employed and able to drive the inconvenience is trivial. Imagine the situation of someone who is mobility limited, using public transportation, or has an unsympathetic employer.

      I despair of large numbers of Americans educating themselves about the history sociology and economics of the Drug Crusade … so I will summarize …

      Police and Prosecutors lobby legislators to pass the latest and greatest in “interdiction” and “incarceration” laws … Every decade delivers and new and worse “Drug Crisis” … and everyone makes out like a bandit … except of course, those people who have the bad luck to have long-term pain conditions — or the bad luck to have become addicted.

      “It is what it is,” of course.

      But let’s go easy on “blame the victim” thinking, eh?

    • How can you NOT be aware that Government has been “going after” addicts and users since the 1920’s.

      These days we call it “mass incarceration”. It makes safe and easy work for police and prosecutors. It enriches private prison owners. It does nothing to reduce narcotics dependency, nor does it prevent the crimes (For the most part: prostitution, petty theft, and low-level drug dealing)which addicts are believed to commit to support their habits.

      So … “enough already” with this Blame the Victim nonsense.

      Join the millions of Americans who call on their their legislators and Governors demanding more Safe and Sane, harm-reduction narcotics policy.

  • Drug addiction isn’t a Myth, it re wires the chemicals in your brain to only want/think/crave the drug, ask any DR. Its like being hungry all day and trying not to eat, that’s how a DR best described addiction, I never believed that until it happened to me and every1 I know. I guess the epidemic they speak of country wide on the news everyday and compare to the aids crisis in the 80’s is just make believe to right? Get educated before you speak. Anyways, I get prescribed Gabapentin for anxiety and yes if taken properly everyday, you do get a relaxed/sedative feeling. Guess what Shannon Colvin? Taking 2400-3200mgs in 800mg increments every 30-45mins with soda/caffeine gives you an Adderal type/eurpohic high for almost 1/2 the day, I know first hand trust me and no I’m not bragging. And all you people in pain complaining about how addicts make you suffer, is ridiculous! Don’t blame us, No one wakes up and looks in the mirror and says I wanna be an addict, it just happens from experimenting, then it gets to the point where your brain/body tell you, you need it just like you guys in pain need it…I live on the east coast and its a problem over here too but I guess this article is just a myth and she’s from Ohio and I’m from New England 1000s of miles away, i guess me having to show my License for this medication now like you do for a controlled substance cause this now is considered a class 5 substance is a myth.

  • I’ve taken gabapentin for neuropathy pain in my feet due to nerve damage from compartment syndrome in my calves for about 5 years. The compartment syndrome was one of many adverse effects resulting from acute septic shock following a “minor” surgery. I won’t go into details but suffice to say this minor surgery was expected at the time to result in my death. But here I remain, determined to improve. The nerve pain in my feet makes it nearly impossible to sleep without gabapentin. Without it my life would be miserable. I have noticed no other side effects from this drug. It doesn’t make me feel high like opiates, which I don’t take, and it certainly doesn’t give me energy. Like Bob, another commentor, I’ve adjusted the dose downward over time. Too much of it will make you feel poorly, but not a “good” anyone would willingly experience. If it did give you more energy (which it doesn’t for me) then so what?! Coffee gives me energy but I’m not hearing an outcry to control that drug. How about OTC caffeine abuse? My God, the inhumanity of caffeine abuse! Should we create a whole new bureaucracy to stop the unwitting masses from consuming large amounts of coffee to give them energy to deal with their 2 year olds?!! Who hasn’t done that among us with children? I suppose Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists are the only innocents when it comes to that heinous form of caffeine drug abuse. The only thing Gabapentin does that I tangibly notice is calm the stinging feeling in the bottom of my feet which I would otherwise experience 24 hours/day. Please, let’s focus on real problems and not chase our tails over invented one’s just to give journalist’s and misguided do-gooders something to investigate and write nonsense about.

    • I’m with you JC … As I see it the Drug War has been marked by bad math, bad science and bad faith for the past 100 years — when committees were organized to ‘fight’ even saccharine and chloral hydrate. President Roosevelt liked his artificial sweetener, and at the time there was no chloral abuse as such.

      So ‘gabapentin’ … my GP … who urine tests for each 30 day prescription of xanex or ambien … felt completely comfortable prescribing 90 days x 900 mg — with never a warning of either addiction or withdrawal consequences. Now, as it happens, the gabapentin was wholly ineffective for the pain condition it was prescribed for … BUT 2000 mg acetaminophen and .25mg xanex daily are working wonders.

      Now … thanks to the internet warnings … I’m concerned about discontinuing the gabapentin.

      Thanks Drug Warriors.

    • I take gabopentin for horrible nerve pain in my leg and foot. I have had 3 back surgeries and i still have this horrible stinging nerve pain. I will not take pain pills. I was addicted to pain pills for 3 years. My doctors couldnt get me out of pain. This was causing my blood pressure to sky rocket. So guess what? They added more narcotics. I completely forced myself off all pain meds. If i was still seeing my Dr he would just give me more and i never want them again!!!

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