Gabapentin and Withdrawal
Gabapentin for GHB Withdrawal
GHB withdrawals include, in addition to many other symptoms, anxiety, restlessness, and convulsions. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant used to treat tremors and seizures, so it is often used as part of a regimen to control GHB withdrawals. Scientific studies on the effectiveness of Gabapentin to treat GHB withdrawals are lacking, since a controlled study would leave patients in withdrawal without treatment for their convulsions, but it is regularly used in treatment due to the knowledge of the drug’s effects and mechanisms of action.
Other Uses for Gabepentin
As mentioned above, Gabapentin is typically prescribed to help prevent and control seizures. It is also sometimes prescribed to relieve nerve pain, particularly caused by shingles.
Gabapentin is taken in pill form and dosages depend on the patient and the reason for use. It is usually taken several times a day to keep blood levels constant, and your doctor will usually ask that you don’t take more than 12 hours between doses. Follow your doctor’s instructions exactly.
Side Effects of Gabapentin
Possible side effects of Gabapentin include:
- Blurred or double vision
- Loss of coordination
- Unusual eye movements
Rarely, anticonvulsants can trigger depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental or mood problems. Slow or shallow breathing is another rare severe effect.
Precautions for Gabapentin Use
Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies, kidney disease, mental and mood problems (especially depression and thoughts of suicide), drug and alcohol abuse, and breathing problems. Don’t use machinery while on it. Don’t use it if pregnant or nursing unless your doctor tells you to.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Drugs that can interact with Gabapentin include:
- Narcotic pain relievers
- Sleep and anxiety drugs
- Muscle relaxants
Make sure your doctor knows about any other medications you are taking.