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Dr Wants to put me on Neurontin
but I found this warning during my research:  
Recreational use
Although gabapentin is not a controlled substance, it does produce psychoactive effects that cause it to have potential for recreational use. Even in low doses, Gabapentin causes sensations of reduced acute pain, reduced anxiety and even a tendency to become overly social and talkative. Larger doses can cause the user to become numb and even fully insensate. It has also been called upon to reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms.[citation needed] Although it is widely regarded as having little or no potential for misuse, it is often a misused drug in Canadian Northern communities. Pregabalin, a subsequent Pfizer spin-off, is however a controlled substance under Schedule V of the United States' Controlled Substances Act.

So, my question is - has anyone taken this drug - is it addictive? there was also a warning re: withdrawls and weening.  Any help - I'd appreciate. Thanks - Vikki

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1283286 tn?1312915566
hi Vikki,,yes, I was given some of that a few weeks ago. It made me extremely groggy in the mornings and had me sleeping in hard. I quit taking it and was switched to Lyrica. Jury is out on any benefitial effects from it. There isn't much that can cut my nerve pain I've come to find out. Not oxycontin, not percocet, nothing. So really don't know how it will affect you. Its one of those "it works for some people but not others...
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Dave - sorry to hear nothing is helping. I admit this drug scares me and I tried the Lyrica route and hate that drug. this was I am told the original Lyrica and Lyrica is supposedly stronger. I sure dont know what the answer is either. So frustrating!
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Oh - i have heard of folks being switched from Neurontin to Topomax? Any experience with that one?
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1283286 tn?1312915566
No, never encountered that,,Its a toss up on which one might be more effective for you. If the Lyrica did not agree with you then the gabapentin/neurontin might work for you. I am switching back to the neurontin right now as I've gotten totally sick of the meds. So I have some wd's chasing me as we speak. I'm giving it another try as there is mention of it easing the wd's so we shall see... You may want to try it. If it doesn't seem to do anything for you after a week, then drop them. Thats what I did a few weeks ago and there were no side effects that I noticed...Maybe give it a try?
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I think I will give them a go.. The Lyrica put the pounds on fast so if you're watching your figure Dave be careful  :)!
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1283286 tn?1312915566
I read that too about the weight gain with lyrica. One person over in Pain said she gained 20 lbs. Lucky me can handle a few pounds,,lol.  I'm giving the neurontin another try though. Then scheduling the nerve block shot in hopes it will stop this crippling pain. Surgeon is still on vacation but I couldn't wait to review the mri with him. The shot thing was something he mentioned to his nurse as a possible next step before he left so I've called her to line it up. Fingers are crossed this will work. Something has to give here. It just does....
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good luck to you with the neurontin and the shot. the lyrica was awful as far as the weight gain. Does neurontin have that effect as well? I am watching my girlish figure and don't want anything that is gonna blow me up....
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1283286 tn?1312915566
Haven't seen any indication that the neurotin does the weight gain thing..Thanks for the best wishes..I need them. This is going to be one of the toughest weeks of my life getting thru all that needs to be done and deal with the back issue at the same time. Trying like heck to put mind over matter to work. This is hard..One of the hardest battles I've had to face in a long time.:(
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FYI, Oxycontin IS Percocet (aka Oxycodone). Just a higher dosage, and time released.
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true psyintz, but doctors often try percs first and then if pain is not controlled well, they will add oxycontin and leave percs for breakthrough pain.  
imo, oxycontin does not work at all since they changed the formula to op's.  
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