Gabapentin is used to treat epilepsy and is taken for nerve pain, which can be caused by different conditions, including diabetes and shingles. Nerve pain can also happen after an injury. In epilepsy it’s thought that gabapentin stops seizures by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Gabanpentin is classified as an anticonvulsant medicine not as an opioid or painkiller.
People taking Gabapentin and Pregabalin can experience feelings of relaxation, calmness, and euphoria. Other effects include confusion, drowsiness, and loss of memory. In high doses there is a risk of physical injury caused by a lack of coordination when taking gabapentin. Part of their continued appeal is their ability to enhance and increase the effect of opioids therefore people need to take less of any opioid drugs to achieve the intended effect.
People misusing gabapentin and pregabalin can describe improved sociability, euphoria, relaxation and a sense of calm. Gabapentin and pregabalin have the propensity to cause depression of the central nervous system resulting in drowsiness, sedation, respiratory depression, and at the extreme, death.
Gabapentin comes in different strengths. You may require different strengths to allow you to follow the reduction plan. The amount and time will depend on your current dose and how long you have been taking the medication.