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I learned about this drug many years ago when I was tapering off benzos but it was too expensive for me to buy.

Today I saw some for 7 baht each in a local chemists and bought it to help me sleep. 

Are there any dangers to this drug?

Is it psychotropic?

Is it addictive?

Are there any nasty side effects?

Is it good for sleep?

 

I'm a recovered alcoholic so have to watch what I take.

 

Thanks for the replies. 

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You're initial reference is probably referring to papers like this one:

 

Gabapentin (Neurontin): An Adjunct for Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
Thomas Penders, Oliver M Glass, Cornel N Stanciu, Thomas M Penders

Journal of Addiction and Dependence | Case Report | Publish Date : 2015-11-03

 

...have you done the prerequisite google search yet? It certainly doesn't look like something I'd want to take unless absolutely necessary.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=Neurontin

 

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Can not edit posts anymore here now? 

 

Also be awere of copy medicine or fake medicine they sell over counters here in Thailand. Not always you get what you think you buy. 

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1 hour ago, Tagged said:

Also be awere of copy medicine or fake medicine they sell over counters here in Thailand. Not always you get what you think you buy.

It's the best one in town, I doubt they would use fake medicine. 

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It is used primarily for seizure disorders and neurpathic pain. And temporaily for benzo withdrawal symptoms.

 

It has some very serious side effect and should not be used for help sleeping.

 

Among the serious side effects:

 

osteoporosis

accelerated development of cataracts

tremors

abnormal and uncontrollable eye movements

psychiatric disturbances (mania, panic attacks,  depression, memory loss)

increased susceptibility to infection

and many more

 

In addition the drowsiness you are taking it for,  for will often decrease over time as your body gets aclcimated

 

My sister has to take this for a seizure disorder. It has worked in controlling her seizures well but she has paid for it in the form of early cataracts and bone loss.

 

I really do not recommend this.

 

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14 hours ago, Sheryl said:

It is used primarily for seizure disorders and neurpathic pain. And temporaily for benzo withdrawal symptoms.

 

It has some very serious side effect and should not be used for help sleeping.

 

Among the serious side effects:

 

osteoporosis

accelerated development of cataracts

tremors

abnormal and uncontrollable eye movements

psychiatric disturbances (mania, panic attacks,  depression, memory loss)

increased susceptibility to infection

and many more

 

In addition the drowsiness you are taking it for,  for will often decrease over time as your body gets aclcimated

 

My sister has to take this for a seizure disorder. It has worked in controlling her seizures well but she has paid for it in the form of early cataracts and bone loss.

 

I really do not recommend this.

 

Thanks, I value your opinion. 

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