What Is Neurontin And Why Has It Become An Addiction Concern?
Neurontin is also known as gabapentin. It is a prescription drug primarily used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain. For a long time, it was considered to have a low risk of addiction because the substance itself doesn’t typically create an addictive response. However, it is now being seen as a higher risk substance.
Though not highly addictive on its own, gabapentin can be used to create a “high” in doses higher than the average prescribed. It may also intensify the effects of other intoxicants and has been linked to methadone as a way to increase the perceived high of this commonly abused substance. Further, if taken over a period of time or in these higher doses, withdrawal symptoms can be severe. This may lead to addiction either to achieve this high or avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Neurontin (gabapentin) addictions are also likely to develop as “secondary addictions” or addictions that develop in addition to a “treated” addiction. This can complicate treatment and may mean that anyone with a gabapentin addiction should seek professional help.
If someone is abusing Neurontin, they are likely to experience the most common side effects of the drug. If they are taking more than the typically prescribed amount, these may be more pronounced. These side effects include:
- Memory Loss
- Loss of Coordination
- Jerky Muscle and Eye Movements
How Has Lyrica Become A Growing Drug Abuse Concern?
Lyrica is a prescription drug and the brand name of “pregabalin”. Lyrica is often used to treat nerve damage, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy by relieving pain. It is also frequently prescribed to treat pain after surgery and to deal with severe cases of anxiety.
Due to its pain-killing properties, Lyrica does have appeal for those that abuse drugs or use them recreationally. These same traits may also make it easier for the average person to develop an addiction without realizing they have.
Though the FDA classes Lyrica as a type V substance and considers it to come with a low risk of addiction, that risk is not zero. It is possible to develop a chemical addiction to Lyrica, in addition to or in place of emotional dependence. If you have taken Lyrica and think you may have an addiction or have lost interest in things you previously enjoyed or can’t seem to function without the drug, you should consider contacting a professional for an evaluation or to discuss treatment options.