Gabapentin aka Neurontin
Like a great deal of Americans who have had to deal with serious pain, you have probably been prescribed oxycodone, Vicodin, or another opiate as a means of pain relief. Opiates are great for dealing with pain; however, it is not unusual to see individuals developing addictions to these drugs that can persist even after their pain is no more. Since opiate abuse is one of the most prevalent types of prescription drug addictions in the country, a lot of time and effort is being put into finding ways to deal with both opiate addiction and opiate withdrawal. One such potential treatment is using gabapentin for opiate withdrawal.
Gabapentin, also known as Neurontin, has not been officially approved by the FDA as a treatment for opiate withdrawal; however, research into this matter has been showing a great deal of promise.
How Does Using Gabapentin For Opiate Withdrawal Work?
People who have taken opiate drugs for a prolonged period of time will most likely know that the withdrawal effects that the drug causes can be extremely devastating. In fact, it has reportedly been found that a great deal of users actually have increased levels of pain sensitivity while taking the drug. What this means is that although the opiates help to relieve pain, once the individual stops taking the drug then they may find that they may end up feeling more pain than they originally had.
In addition to this, there is also the fact that opiates give users feelings of euphoria or a “high” that can be extremely addictive. In fact, in a lot of opiate addiction cases it was found that the withdrawal symptoms of the drug were all that it took to keep users hooked on the drug.
One of the main reasons why many researchers are interested in the applications of gabapentin for opiate withdrawal, is that this specific drug works to target pain signals that move through the nerves in the body; slowing down these signals and therefore relieving pain. A research team at the Tuff’s New England Center reported that they believed that it was the effects that gabapentin (Neurontin) had on substance P (which is a brain neurotransmitter chemical) that were the main reason behind the pain relief that the drug provided.
Since substance P is responsible for sending pain messages to the brain via the nerves in the body, and since gabapentin (Neurontin) has the ability to lower the amount of substance P that is released into the user’s brain; this is why this drug is being treated with such importance.
Is Gabapentin Addictive?
A good deal of research still needs to be done into fully understanding using gabapentin for opiate withdrawal; however, what is well known is that the drug is extremely useful as a means of relieving the effects of opiate addictions because of the way it interacts with the brain’s neurotransmitter pathways.
The question is; will somebody who use gabapentin in this manner simply be trading one addiction for another?
When it comes to the potential for forming and addiction, gabapentin has been found to rank extremely low in this regard. Whether is psychologically or physically, the drug has a low level of addiction potential. Regardless of this, proper protocol for coming off of this drug still need to be followed; such as tapering off the dosage levels over time so that the body can get used to being without the drug.
You Don’t Have To Deal With Opiate Withdrawal Alone
Opiates are an extremely common prescription drug and while their benefits cannot be denied, they still pose a threat to the stability of many individual’s lives (and the lives of their loved ones) each year.
Dealing with an opiate addiction can be hard and as a result trying to quit the drug can seem even harder. The good thing is that you don’t to deal with opiate addiction or opiate withdrawal alone; at Blvd Treatment Centers we are always here to help.
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