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Gabapentin

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Gabapentin

Gabapentin, approved in 2004, was originally prescribed for neuropathic pain, it is now also prescribed for a variety of things, including mood disorders, anxiety, and seizure disorders.

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Other names

Gabbies

Where do people get them?

They are prescribed, also sold from drug dealers.

How are they dangerous?

Gabapentin is now a prevalent drug of abuse, causing euphoria, improved sociability, relaxation, and a sense of calm. Evidence supports that patients with opioid use disorder are at higher risk of abusing Gabapentin. The withdrawal symptoms include mental status changes, chest pain, high blood pressure, restlessness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, and seizures.

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