Gabapentin and Opioids: A Killer Combo

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Gabapentin and Opioids: A Killer Combo

By now, most of us have heard the word – opioids are a major problem in the United States. Millions are addicted to opiates like heroin, Codeine, and Morphine and synthetic opioid medications like Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone. Opioid addiction causes devastation and destruction to all those who come into contact with it and it brings death to more than 33,000 people every year.

With Opioid Addiction On The Rise, The World Of Modern Medicine Is Turning To Gabapentin

Opioid Addiction On The Rise

With opioid drugs delivering such a crushing and deadly blow to Americans of all ages, colors, and socioeconomic backgrounds, doctors have been scrambling to find a safe alternative to these powerful narcotic painkillers for treating pain. What have they come up with? An anti-seizure medication called Gabapentin.

Gabapentin is not only prescribed for pain relief, however. It is also offered by doctors as the solution for several other conditions. As a result, many people are taking opioids for pain relief and Gabapentin for other medical conditions. Furthermore, because of its calming effect, many people are taking Gabapentin recreationally and mixing it with opioids.

Studies have recently shown that taking opioids and Gabapentin could be a deadly combination. We want to educate you on the subject.

Are You Mixing Gabapentin and Opioids? If You Are, You’re Playing a Risky Game of Russian Roulette

In this blog, we will talk to you about the growing popularity of “gabbies” and the dangers of opioids, but first we want to discuss the risk you are taking if decide to combine the two.

Some people take Gabapentin and opioids because they have been prescribed both medications by a doctor. Others mix these two substances because Gabapentin is said to enhance the high opioids create. And some don’t know they are mixing the two.

Law enforcement officials have reported that more and more confiscated street heroin is testing positive for Gabapentin. Heroin dealers are using Gabapentin to cut heroin to make their stash go further and amplify the effect of the drug.

Whatever category you may fall into, if you’re mixing Gabapentin and opioids, you’re gambling with your life. If you haven’t tried Gabapentin and opioids – don’t. We are convinced this is a lethal concoction.

Mixing Gabapentin and Opioids

Mixing Gabapentin and Opioids – It’s A Killer Combination

Opioids alone are deadly. Did you know that 1 in every 550 chronic opioid users dies within the first three years of being prescribed opioids? This is shocking. We will talk more about the dangerous of opioids later in this blog, but we wanted to point out now that taking opioids by themselves is risky business.

When you take opioids with Gabapentin, you are greatly increasing your risk of overdose or death. A recent Canadian-based study revealed that of 1,256 cases of opioid related deaths and 4,619 opioid related overdoses, 12.3 percent of the death cases (155 of 1,256) and 6.8 percent of the overdose cases (313 of 4,619) were prescribed Gabapentin in the prior 120 days to the overdose event.

What can we conclude from these findings? We aren’t scientists and we certainly don’t want to bog you down with a bunch of scientific data, but this study indicates there is a correlation. We’ll break it down in the simplest of terms. When Gabapentin and opioids are mixed together, bad things happen.

The study went on to suggest that both Gabapentin and opioids suppress breathing, which can be fatal. Additionally, the study concluded, that “the use of Gabapentin with opioids can increase the amount of opioid absorbed by the body, potentially leading to higher risk.”

Our educated conclusion? DO NOT MIX GABAPENTIN WITH OPIOIDS!

What is Gabapentin? What Is It Used For? Is it Really a Miracle Cure?

Gabapentin– also known by its generic name Neurontin, which we will use interchangeably in this article – is a tablet medication that was introduced in 1993 and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of epilepsy. In 2004, the FDA approved the medication for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Since then, it has gotten a reputation as a cure-all.

In recent years, Gabapentin (referred to on the street as “gabbies”) has been prescribed by doctors for “off-label” uses that have not been approved by the FDA. It is now being called a “wonder drug” or “miracle medication” by many who swear by the stuff for the treatment of many very different medical problems.

In addition to being prescribed for epilepsy and neuropathic pain, Neurontin is also being used to treat chronic and mild to moderate pain, migraine headaches, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, opioid withdrawal, alcohol withdrawal, Restless Leg Syndrome, and several other medical conditions. Because it is such a diverse medication, Gabapentin prescriptions are on the rise. According to GoodRx, Neurontin is the seventh most frequently prescribed medication in the country.

How could one medication possibly be prescribed for so many very different diagnoses? Is it possible that the same drug could provide pain relief and treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder? Let’s do some investigating.

A Crash Course On How Neurontin Works On The Brain

We don’t want to get too scientific on you, but we do want you to have a basic understanding of how Gabapentin works. This way, you can better conceptualize why the medication is prescribed to treat such a wide variety of conditions.

Neurontin works on the brain and the central nervous system by stabilizing electrical activity in the brain and affecting how the nervous system sends messages to the rest of the body.

Scientists are still studying Gabapentin and trying to learn more about how this medication works, but they do know it has a calming effect on the body.

What we do know is that Neurontin appears to increase the production of a neurotransmitter called “GABA,” which acts as a nerve-calming agent. It also appears to reduce the release of glutamate, which is a nerve-exciting agent that causes electrical signals to build up in the brain.

By working to increase the calming agent GABA, and reducing the nerve-exciting agent glutamate; Gabapentin can stabilize nerve activity in the brain and keep a proper balance in the body. In theory, this explains why Neurontin is capable of lessening seizure activity, decreasing pain, stabilizing mood disorders, and decreasing withdrawal symptoms.

Gabapentin Side Effects

Gabapentin Side Effects

Although Gabapentin is being prescribed for a wide variety of conditions and, we admit, does show promise for being a type of cure-all (or at least “cure-many”) medication, it is no miracle drug. If it were, it would be without side effects. But, just like any medication on today’s market, Neurontin does have side effects.

Here are a few of the most common side effects you can expect with Gabapentin:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Unsteadiness on your feet
  • Memory loss
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Viral infections
  • Tremors
  • Double vision
  • Fever
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Jerky movements

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You should call your doctor immediately if you have any of these side effects:

  • Increased seizures
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Body aches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Skin rash
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Severe tingling, numbness, pain, or muscle weakness
  • Upper stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark urine, urinating less than usual or not at all
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • Chest pain, irregular heart rhythm, feeling short of breath
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Swelling
  • Rapid weight gain
  • New or worsening cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid back and forth movement of your eyes

If you are considering taking Gabapentin for any of the conditions we mentioned earlier – or for any other reason – talk to your doctor to determine if the benefit for taking the medication outweighs the potential risk of side effects.

Gabapentin Abuse Continues To Increase

There Aren’t A Lot of Statistics Available, But We Know Gabapentin Abuse Continues To Increase

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the misuse of prescription drugs is a major problem in the United States. An estimated 54 million Americans over the age of 12 reportedly take prescription medications for non-medical reasons every year.

We know a lot about people abusing opioid and opiate medications, but until recently, we didn’t hear much about people abusing Gabapentin. This is largely because Neurontin doesn’t cause the level of addiction and the same devastating consequences we see with medications like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Morphine. Plus, fewer people have heard about Gabapentin so it isn’t as popular as opioids.

There still aren’t a lot of specific statistics available about Neurontin abuse. Nevertheless, we do know that more and more people are abusing Gabapentin because of its calming effects. Law enforcement officials are reporting that they are confiscating significant quantities of gabbies on the streets.

Plus, treatment centers are gathering data that suggests hundreds of thousands of people are illegally using the medication. As a result, the drug is continuing to make headlines around the country and people are becoming more aware of Neurontin abuse.

Gaining Popularity For Recreational Use

The Gabapentin High – Why This Drug Is Gaining Popularity For Recreational Use

Those who use Gabapentin recreationally say they use the drug because it makes them feel relaxed, calm, and chilled out. This is not surprising because – as we explained – Neurontin functions as a calming agent that quiets the nerves and sedates the body. Many say the medication produces an effect like that of marijuana.

One reason Gabapentin is becoming so popular on the streets is because the medication is incredibly inexpensive. With a one-month supply costing about twenty dollars, one pill of Neurontin costs about sixty cents and is sold on the street for two to five dollars a pill. When you consider that Oxycodone costs anywhere from twenty to forty dollars a pill on the black market, gabbies are a cost-effective alternative.

Another reason why gabbies are becoming more prevalent is because they are safer than opioids and benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium. They are less addictive and do not pose the threat of overdose like hardcore painkillers or tranquilizers.

Gabbies are also becoming a common recreational drug because they are not currently classified as a controlled substance. This means two things. One: if you are caught with them in your possession without a prescription, you won’t be charged with a felony. Two: you can take Gabapentin and still pass a drug test unless you are specifically tested for the medication.

Although It Isn’t Classified As An Addictive Substance, Neurontin Is Habit-Forming

Addiction experts report that the risk for Gabapentin addiction is low because the medication does not contain addictive properties like those found in opioids or benzodiazepines. The brain simply does not respond to Neurontin the way it does to narcotic medications like Codeine, Percocet, or Ativan. However; this is powerful stuff. Despite what you may have heard, it is habit-forming. You should be warned that Gabapentin is nothing to fool around with.

Those who take gabbies for fun or mix them with opioids can develop a dependence on the medication and quickly begin to abuse the stuff. While Gabapentin does not demonstrate a high likelihood for physical dependence, it has proven to be psychologically addictive for those who take it regularly.

Because so many people think of Neurontin as being safer than opioids, they tend to downplay the dangers of this medication. The thought process goes something like this, “Well, at least it’s not Oxycodone! Sure, why not?! I’ll have another!” This is wrong thinking. You can become hooked on Gabapentin – and we want to caution you, it’s an addiction that sneaks up on you.

Make no mistake about it: you should stay away from any drug that causes withdrawal symptoms unless you absolutely need it.

And, yes. Neurontin causes withdrawal.

Consequence of Gabapentin Abuse

Withdrawal – A Very Real (And Very Uncomfortable) Consequence of Gabapentin Abuse

People who abuse Gabapentin are typically under the mistaken belief that because it is not an opioid, they can just quit taking the stuff and go on with their life. This is simply not true. If you have been taking Neurontin on a regular basis, and you stop taking it, there will be hell to pay. It’s called withdrawal.

Withdrawal, also known as detox, is what happens when your body has become used to processing a powerful substance and you take that substance away. It is very disquieting, uncomfortable, and painful.

If you consume mass quantities of sugar and suddenly stop eating sugar, you will go through sugar withdrawal. If you are addicted to cocaine and stop using it, you will go through opioid withdrawal. Are you a smoker? Put down the cigarettes and see what happens. The same is true of Gabapentin. If you are taking this medication regularly and you suddenly remove it from your body, you will go through the unpleasant experience of withdrawal.

Here are some of the withdrawal symptoms you should expect if you stop taking Gabapentin:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • An increased response to pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures

Post-acute withdrawal from Gabapentin lasts from one to two weeks. However; it can take your body up to two months before it restores to a real place of wellness after abusing this medication.

Okay, we’ve talked a lot about Neurontin. Now, we want to talk to you about the dangers of opioids.

What Are Opioids? What Are Opiates? Some Simple Definitions To Clear Things Up a Bit

We hear a lot about opioids. Then, we hear people talking about opiates. It can get quite confusing. What’s the difference between opioids and opiates? Let’s clear things up.

According to Wikipedia, “opiate is a term classically used in pharmacology to mean a drug derived from opium. Opioid, a more modern term, is used to designate all substances, both natural and synthetic, that bind to opioid receptors in the brain.”

Let’s get a little more specific.

Opiates and opioids are both derived from the opium poppy plant, which is found in tropical climates. We used to make a distinction between natural opiates and synthetic opioids. Today, we classify all natural opiates and all synthetic opioids as opioids.

Heroin, Morphine, and Codeine are all considered natural opiates that come directly from the poppy plant. Synthetic opioids are prescription medications that are partially derived from the poppy plant and partially chemically manufactured. Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl  are all examples of synthetic opioids.

Opioid Addiction Is A Monster You Can’t Defeat Without Professional Help

If you’re addicted to opioids, don’t be ashamed. It’s not your fault. You’re not a bad person. You’re not a weak person. You’re a sick person.

It might make you feel better to know that more and more information is coming out about how the major opioid pharmaceutical companies lied about how addictive opioid medications are. And they’re going to have to pay for it. State and city governments around the United States are suing these companies for their deceptive marketing practices. Soon enough, they will be held accountable for what they have done to individuals and families.

In the meantime, if you’re struggling with an addiction to opioids, we want you to understand that help is available. Chances are, if you’re hooked on opioids, you’ve tried quitting on your own time and time again – only to return to the stuff time and time again.

This is because you can’t quit taking opioids on your own. If you want to stop the addictive cycle, you need professional help.

Opioid Withdrawal – Why You Shouldn’t Stop Taking Opioids On Your Own

Opioids are powerful narcotics that take a mental, emotional, and psychological toll. When you become addicted to opioid drugs like heroin or Oxycodone, your body becomes physically addicted to the stuff and, quite simply, it can’t function without them. If you try to stop using opioids, your body will go through withdrawal.

We explained the process of withdrawal before when we talked about Gabapentin detox. But, Neurontin ain’t got nothin’ on opioids.

We cannot stress this enough – opioid withdrawal is extremely, overwhelmingly, totally, completely, and utterly miserable, painful, and unbearable. Furthermore, opioid withdrawal is life-threatening. Someone who makes the mistake of attempting to quit opioids cold turkey can have seizures, go into a coma, and die.

Here are some of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Fever
  • Extreme head-to-toe body pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme cravings for more opioids
  • Depression and suicidal tendencies
  • Anxiety
  • Mental Confusion
  • Loss of motivation
  • Total inability to function as a human being
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

The acute phase of withdrawal from opioids lasts about a week. However; it can take up to three months to be restored to a feeling of true wellness. Withdrawal from opioids is so intense, it is almost impossible to quit taking them without medical assistance. The craving to use more opioids is so all-consuming, relapse is inevitable.

Effective Solutions To Opioid Addiction

In-Patient Rehabilitation and Opioid Replacement Therapy Are Effective Solutions To Opioid Addiction

If you have an addiction to opioids, we recommend in-patient rehabilitation. We get it – no one want to go to rehab. It doesn’t sound appealing to leave the comfort of your home for thirty days or more to stay with strangers and talk about your feelings. But, if you want to save your life and stop the insane cycle of opioid addiction, inpatient treatment can provide the help you need. A thirty-day commitment is nothing compared to a lifetime or serenity,

If rehab is out of the question, you should consider Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT). ORT is the process of replacing whatever opioid you have been using with a safer alternative like Suboxone or Subutex.

With Opioid Replacement Therapy, you take Suboxone or Subutex as prescribed by a special certified doctor and slowly remove the medication from your system. This way, you do not have to go through the godforsaken process of withdrawal and you can avoid the powerful cravings that are associated with quitting opioids.

Ready To Stop Your Addiction To Gabapentin Or Opioids?

No matter how hopeless your situation may seem, you can stop addiction in its tracks. Whether you are addicted to Gabapentin or opioids – or, if you have been dangerously mixing the two together – help is available today. Talk to your doctor or an addiction specialist about how you can get the help you need so you can break free from the bondage of chemical dependency.

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December 3rd, 2017|26 Comments

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    Paula August 4, 2018 at 4:12 am

    I am shocked to learn about the danger of mixing opiates with gabapentin. My doctors have been prescribing both to me for years. I just naturally felt I should take as few medications as possible so I never took the full quantity prescribed. I could be dead right now and no one would blame my doctors. They would probably say oh she was a drug addict. How sick! Well now that I am armed with the truth I’ll increase my efforts to stop the gabapentin.

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      Ashwood Recovery September 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      So glad that this article resonated with you. Wishing you the best on your journey!

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    Saved by Grace September 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    thank God someone is bringing attention to this. it is going to be an eye opener 4 people When the world realizes what’s actually going on with this drug. Treatment facilities need to be preparing for this now because this is a very real issue with serious consequences. I must agree to disagree with you and say from experience though that opiate Withdrawal is a picnic compared to gabapentin withdrawal. I have used and abused both heavily with a prescription. I’ll take opiate withdrawal over the Gabapentin horror any day.
    it started with me taking my mom’s prescription to Lyrica to get through opiate withdrawals. It stopped 80% of the withdrawal symptoms and I should have known then that anything that can do that has serious consequences. Lyrica (pregbalin) is basically neurontins big bad brother. I was taking 3600 mg of Gabapentin a day at one point. CBD oil saved my life in Gabapentin withdrawals

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      Ashwood Recovery September 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks so much for this insightful information. Wishing you the best as you continue your journey of recovery.

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    Frank September 13, 2018 at 4:30 am

    What is a safe amount of Gabbs to consume if already taking 2 mg. Suboxone strips daily?

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      Ashwood Recovery September 16, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Please reach out to your doctor as they know your medical history and can recommend what is safe for you.

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      Vicki July 2, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      This is a very good question. My doctor put me on 300mg of Gabapentin and my pain spine doc put me on 8mg of suboxone + was having anxiety so the doc had gave me Hydroxyzine25mg I had taken those 3 thinking that they was helping me when in the long run I was so scared I couldn’t sleep, I would close my eye and trying to get sleep and it made me feel like I couldn’t sleep & I was being buried alive I went two and a 1/2days without no sleep. I’m really scared. I feel like I’m going crazy.

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    Dawnah Winfield September 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I was never informed by my doctors if the deadly combination taking both gabapentin and norco could be as they came off saying gabapentin is a safe drug to take and increase to up to as many as 6 pills per dose with a norco. I am sure happy you had this article to read and now I’m aware of the many dangers and understand all the side effects I have been going through when my prescriptions run out because I cant get in to see the doctor due to scheduling conflicts and they won’t do online scripts.

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      Ashwood Recovery September 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      So glad that this article resonated with you.

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    Sydonia October 2, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Good article. I have been prescribed gabapentin and Vicodin for about five years now! Gabapentin was prescribed for restless legs Syndrome, and Vicodin for nerve damage in my knees from an accident. I really would like to get off of both of these drugs. I’m just not sure what to do for the restless leg syndrome or the knee pain that drops me to the ground crying!

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      Ashwood Recovery October 16, 2018 at 3:16 am

      That is definitely a difficult scenario to be faced with. Be sure to stay optimistic, and work with your care giver for alternatives. Best wishes!

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      Sj November 2, 2018 at 1:53 am

      Please get on a RLS support group page on Facebook- there is tons of information there. I have it – it’s horrible – took Mirapex and augmented on it- on Gabapentin now to get off of Mirapex- take Norco for pain for 20yrs now.. crazy

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    Andrea October 25, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    You mention in your article that deaths occurred after mixing Gabapentin and Pain Medication “120 days after” doing so. Can you elaborate on that. How did the deaths occur? What is the correlation to mixing both drugs. I am prescribed 300mg of Gabaentin 3x’s a day and Percoset 4x’s a day. My Doctor told me they were completely safe to take together. I have just begun doing so this week. Upon doing some research I came across your article and now have great concerns. I have minimal side affect at the moment. A slightly noticeable headache, some slightly darker urine. Other than that combining the two drugs over the past few days as shown an immediate difference in my pain level and has considerably helped my anxiety. It does leave me a bit awake and I have had some difficulty falling asleep. Everyone reacts differently to drug. As for me, while somme pain killers / or as you mention in your article Gabapenti can cause drowsiness, none of this is true for me, and the pain medication alone does the opposite- allows me to feel alert, move physically without great pain, gives me energy. The same is true after combining the Gabapentin, and as I mentioned above , has amplified my energy and awake state. I plan to discuss all of the above with my Doctor next week. So I would like to have your details on my above question to bring with me. Because I do not want to die in 120 days as you said occurs at a higher rate after combining these two drugs.
    Thank you,
    Andrea

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      Ashwood Recovery November 7, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      Andrea,

      Thank you for comment and interest into the study – the link in the article provides all the details you are looking for as that is where the information came from. The direct link is on the “study went on to suggest” wording, however, for convenience here is the link: https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002396 Hope this helps you out and best of luck!

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    William Frisbee December 5, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I have lung cancer [Non-Small Cell], which started in my left lung and grew to involve the heart and the lining around the heart (pericardial sac). I recently had Cardio / Pulmonary Thoracic Surgery to remove the very large cancerous tumor {GRAPEFRUIT SIZED} and associated tissues including the upper lobe of the left lung, part of the pericardial sac and heart muscle along with 19 lymph nodes. This process involved cutting several back ribs as well as breaking I believe 5 front ribs. This also involved cutting and or stretching many main nerves in the back, chest and stomach areas. As a result, unrelenting nerve pain along with a high level of muscle pain from muscle mass being cut and / or stretched beyond limitations. Not to minimize the major pain from the incision itself. Coughing to facilitate the reinflation of my lungs post op netted me another broken back rib on the right side. While in Critical Intensive Care Unit for the first week I was on a Morphine pump with injections into my port of Meperidine as well. This was still not very effective, and pain was near unbearable. When released I was prescribed hydrocodone. This helped with the muscle pain and bone pain somewhat but did nothing for the nerve pain which was unbearable to the point of is it worth living. Now my Oncologist has given me Gabapentin in combination with Hydrocodone. This is working to reduce the nerve pain and constant firing of the cut nerves. Life is becoming almost bearable and I have had no real side effects. The hydrocodone will be phased out soon and hopefully the Gabapentin will keep the nerves calmed down, so I can return to work soon. For me it has been a lifesaving combination so far. Like Andria stated abone the only thing I have noticed may be a slight headache which may or may not be atributed to this and also I have a hightend energy level and do not seem to want to go to bed as early.

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      Ashwood Recovery December 7, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, and we are happy you have stopped by, William! Happy holidays.

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    lacy March 27, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I take Gabapentin as I have fibromyalgia neuropathy anxiety and depression and I feel really balanced. I also take other medications for an autoimmune disease but have had no issues. I will say tho i have forgot some doses in the past and man they aren’t kidding when they say your body can tell when u forget it as it will make u sick. I of course don’t abuse the drug but when you have taken it for years your body knows when you forget but I would much rather take this then opiates.

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      Ashwood Recovery April 3, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you for sharing your personal experiences!

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    Frances Acevedo April 2, 2019 at 3:46 am

    I am a 63 yr.old female and a retired law enforcement officer. Prior to retirement I was in a horrible car accident that almost took my life. My car was struck by an 18 wheeler truck, the front end of my car ended up under the truck. I woke up 3 days later, no memory of what had happened. I had to have 3 surgeries to repair my broken body, and was told by my doctors I had flatlined 3 times, and that my body had sustained serious injuries. They said I would probably be disabled, I disagreed with them .I spent months in recovery and rehabilitation to learn how to use my limbs and walk again. When sent home, I was still in a wheelchair, and a caregiver helping me with my daily needs. During my recovery and rehabilitation, I was on morphine, to lessen the unbearable pain I now had to live with, and sent home with a bottle of hydrocodone 7.5 mg. I have been on medication for 4yrs, and always taken as prescibed.3 weeks ago I was given gabapentin 100mgs 1x a day at bed time. I have not taken any, very reluctant to do so. Now that I have read your article I probably won’t be taking them. Thank you so much for the information you provide to the public. God Bless You.

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      Ashwood Recovery April 3, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      We are glad the article resonated with you! Thank you for sharing your story and we wish you the best as you continue your recovery journey!

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    Leroy Seawell May 27, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for this article. I am prescribed Norco 10-325 and 300 mg Gabapentin. I have Multiple Myeloma cancer in remission (supposedly) but have awful foot pain very often. I take the Norco every 4 hours except at night and wake up with cold sweats if I sleep more than 4 hours without the Norco. I have been trying to separate the Norco from the Gabapentin with food, milk, etc.or by 2 hours and so far have not experienced any side effects except occasionally a little sleepiness. I often feel like my foot pain is not alleviated very much. It’s so inconvenient trying to keep it 2 hours apart. Do you suppose I could safely take it closer together?

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      Ashwood Recovery June 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      I would discuss the effects of taking them closer together with your medical doctor and/or pharmacist. They will have your full medical history and know what would be okay for you. We wish you all the best!

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    Sick of doctors June 23, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for info. My doc insists I reduce my opiates so hes now giving me lyrica or neurontin to try. He says i need to take 1900 mg of neurontin for it to work. I cant tolerate 300 mg.. it’s obvious hes just trying to please the FDA. Hes never mentioned taking both together is a problem, lol. Duh, i probably cant tolerate more gabba because the opiates potentiated one of the drugs effects. Thanks for info. I heard they are trying to make gabapentin a scheduled drug.

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      Ashwood Recovery June 26, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Glad you found the article helpful! That is definitely a discussion to bring up with your doctor the concern for taking the medications together. We wish you all the best!

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    evie Law-Abasta August 26, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Something went wrong ?? I left a comment a long one lol and when it said to fill in the website over on the far right it wouldn’t take it and I couldn’t push save :
    In short I am on Gabapentin 5 months now and Norco and trusted my doctor as I was in agony
    and crying in her office to help me But after reading all of this I need to get off it
    I have severe Osteoporosis scoliosis Pinched nerve spine area
    I will see her Sept 3rd and have this discussion with her thank you

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      Ashwood Recovery August 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Glad the article resonated with you. You should advocate for yourself with your doctor, and discuss any and all concerns about your medications.

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