Any controlled-substance that alters the chemistry of the brain has an addictive nature to it because of the way they affect the chemistry of the brain. Gabapentin is considered a mild tranquilizer, and a Gabapentin high is compared to that of a cannabis high. Its addictive potential is considered low, however it is possible, and knowing the signs of Gabapentin addiction are important.
A person dealing with Gabapentin addiction could be suffering from any of the following symptoms both physical and psychological:
- Drowsiness or dizziness
- Tremors or Jerky movements
- Double vision or other unusual eye movements
- Difficulty speaking
- Memory loss or confusion
- Depression or anxiety
- Lying about the usage of the drug
- Attempting to get extra doses
- Neglecting social habits and responsibilities
- A lack of concern for personal hygiene
- Obsessive thoughts about the drug
- Failed attempts to quit to a refusal to quit
As with most controlled substances, the longer a person uses Gabapentin the larger the dose required to achieve the same effects. Dealing with a Gabapentin addiction can be quite complex in that it is typically a secondary addiction partnered with an addiction to another stronger substance since people often use Gabapentin as a booster. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction to Gabapentin seeking professional help is the best way to successfully deal with the Gabapentin withdrawal symptoms and to take control of your life again.
Gabapentin Side Effects
Gabapentin 300mg is a typical dose for this type of drug and usually prescribed to be taken up to three times a day. Before taking Gabapentin it is very important to speak with a doctor about the safety of using it, as there are a number of health issues that would preclude a person from being able to use Gabapentin. It does have the potential to cause life-threatening breathing problems in certain people. Other side effects to watch for when using Gabapentin include:
- Hives or rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of lips, lips, tongue or throat
- Stomach pain and body aches
- Severe weakness
- Heightened anxiety, agitation or irritability
- Hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, restlessness
- Depression or Suicidal thoughts
All of these side effects are important to monitor when taking Gabapentin but particularly the behavioral changes as they can lead to suicidal thoughts. An overdose on Gabapentin is also considered quite dangerous as there is no antidote to instantly block the substance from affecting the brain the way there is with opioids like heroin or Vicodin. Attempting to detox from Gabapentin can be quite difficult and is not something that should be attempted alone. At Ambrosia Treatment Center we are here to help you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.
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