Gabex 'High' and Abuse
Numerous reports suggest that Gabex has become a widely abused drug that gives users a euphoric "high."
A 2014 study found that almost one-fourth of people in substance-abuse clinics reported abuse of Gabex.
Not only is abuse of Gabex likely to result in serious side effects, it may also lead to severe withdrawal symptoms in users.
From Nerve Pain Relief To Dog Seizures: What Is Gabex Used For In Dogs
Gabex for dogs has been discovered to have a wide range of important uses in canines.
One of the key uses of Gabex in dogs is to help alleviate chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis pain.
When used in conjunction with opioid pain relievers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Gabex has been shown to increase the efficacy of these, resulting in more effective pain relief for your dog.
It is also an important drug for post-surgery recovery in dogs, ensuring the animal’s pain is as minimal as possible while they heal from an operation or procedure.
If you have a dog that has epilepsy, then you may already know of Gabex. Gabex is particularly effective in preventing seizures in dogs due to epilepsy, which is a wonderful relief for owners with a pet that suffers from this worrying condition.
Gabex for dogs is also emerging as an excellent solution for use in the anxiety of dogs, due to it having a calming effect on the nervous system.
Another excellent function of Gabex for our furry friends is as a safe sedative in stressful situations, such as prior to surgery or a vet visit.
Dog seizures can be scary! Make sure you read Dog Seizures: Symptoms, Types, and Treatment for Seizures In Dogs! For more information.
Q: I'm taking Gabex, 3 pills a day (100 mg each). How long (how many days) is it safe to take that? I've been taking it nearly 3 weeks, and the pain in my leg, from peripheral neuropathy, has not lessened.
A: Gabex (Neurontin), Lyrica (pregabalin), or the tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), such a Elavil (amitriptyline) or Pamelor (nortriptyline) are medications that can be used to treat pain from peripheral neuropathy (sharp shooting pain, usually from the nerves firing). If Gabex has not provided any relief in the past 3 weeks, your dosage may not be optimal. Consult with your health care provider regarding a possible change in dose. Do not change the dose or stop taking Gabex without speaking with your doctor first. The maximum dose for pain is 1800 mg. Gabex is a medication that needs to be slowly titrated up and down, under a doctor's care. This condition is caused when there is damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system from disease, such as diabetes, inflammatory diseases, physical trauma, or through treatment, such as chemotherapy for cancer. There can be many causes and sometimes, they are unknown. Symptoms will depend on which nerves have been damaged, such as motor, autonomic (digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, perspiration), or sensory. The most common form of the condition is one that affects the legs and feet. Loss of muscle, weakness, tingling, burning or freezing feelings, cramps or twitching/spasms of muscle may be seen. As far as sensory changes go, numbness and/or pain may be present. There are other medication options also used to treat peripheral neuropathy. Other treatment options include the opiates, such as Vicodin/Lortab/Norco (hydrocodone+acetaminophen), Percocet (oxycodone+acetaminophen), or MS Contin (morphine), which block the pain signal from getting to the brain. However, people can become addicted to these medications, so they are not a first choice for treatment. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Patti Brown, PharmD
28. Is Gabex Available in Countries Other Than the United States?
Yes. Gabex is available in over 40 countries.
Q: I have been taking Gabex since April and started off taking 100 mg three times a day for burning, tingling and numbness in my feet especially around my toes, about a month ago my doctor increased my dosage to 300 mg twice a day and instead of helping it seems to have gotten worse. Can you tell me what the problem may be with it? He only did this because the 100 mg 3 times a day was not helping.
A: Gabex (Neurontin) is an anti-seizure medication used to treat various conditions including nerve pain (neuropathy). According to prescribing information, some common side effects with Gabex are difficulty walking or controlling muscle movement, tremors, fatigue, weakness, nausea, slurred speech, water retention in the legs, and weight gain. If the prescribed medication is not helping your condition, consult with your physician and discuss your concerns. It is possible that Gabex may not be the right medication for you, or that the dose still needs to be adjusted to treat your specific pain. Leslie Ako-Mbo, PharmD
Neuropsychiatric Adverse Reactions (Pediatric Patients 3–12 Years Of Age)
Gabex use in pediatric patients with epilepsy 3–12 years of age is associated with the occurrence of central nervous system related adverse reactions. The most significant of these can be classified into the following categories: 1) emotional lability (primarily behavioral problems), 2) hostility, including aggressive behaviors, 3) thought disorder, including concentration problems and change in school performance, and 4) hyperkinesia (primarily restlessness and hyperactivity). Among the Gabextreated patients, most of the reactions were mild to moderate in intensity.
In controlled clinical epilepsy trials in pediatric patients 3–12 years of age, the incidence of these adverse reactions was: emotional lability 6% (Gabex-treated patients) vs. 1.3% (placebo-treated patients); hostility 5.2% vs. 1.3%; hyperkinesia 4.7% vs. 2.9%; and thought disorder 1.7% vs. 0%. One of these reactions, a report of hostility, was considered serious. Discontinuation of Gabex treatment occurred in 1.3% of patients reporting emotional lability and hyperkinesia and 0.9% of Gabextreated patients reporting hostility and thought disorder. One placebo-treated patient (0.4%) withdrew due to emotional lability.
Which drugs or supplements interact with this drug?
- Antacids reduce the concentration of Gabex in blood. Therefore, Gabex should be administered 2 hours or more after taking antacids.
- Morphine significantly increases blood concentrations of Gabex and may increase central nervous system-related adverse events associated with Gabex.
What is the dosage for Gabex (Neurontin)? How should I take it?
Gabex is available as:
- Capsules: 100, 300, and 400 mg.
- Tablets: 100, 300, 400, 600, and 800 mg.
- Solution: 250 mg/5 ml