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Getting high from gabapentin

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Can someone explain to me how this happens? I've been on Neurontin (a LOT of it) and never could imagine using it to get high. It doesn't have that affect. Why does it have street value? It doesn't seem like it would do anything! I just don't get it.

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Getting high from gabapentin

10 hours ago, leadinglady said:

Can someone explain to me how this happens?

IMO you would probably get high on it if you took too much.

*Not advocating to do/try this.

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One could theoretically get "high" from it, but it actually isn't a drug that is very sought after.  From what I hear, the affects are simply a "drugged" sensation that relatively few people find desirable.  

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12 minutes ago, San said:

In all honestly, people will take any substance they get their hands on that has any kind of effect and get "high" off it.

In Canada, the overdose rate of cough syrup goes really up in the winter months. Seroquel is abused in prisons, also.

Seroquel I guess is a party drug if you don't mind sleeping a lot? Gabapentin just made me depressed.

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14 hours ago, leadinglady said:

Can someone explain to me how this happens? I've been on Neurontin (a LOT of it) and never could imagine using it to get high. It doesn't have that affect. Why does it have street value? It doesn't seem like it would do anything! I just don't get it.

WATCH OUT! GABAPENTIN CAUSE BAD BAD WITHDRAWAL. I WAS ON 600mg for sleep for 2 years, you will get sick sick when you quit.

30 minutes ago, wookie said:

Seroquel I guess is a party drug if you don't mind sleeping a lot? Gabapentin just made me depressed.

I don't see how seroquel is a party drug. Unless you consider sleep walking to the fridge to eat all the brownies and ice cream a party- well then yes. 

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Just a reminder that a whole lot of folks looking to get "high" are actually looking to take the edge off their fear, their anxiety, or to feel comforted. And comfort is best acquired when sleepy, drowsy, and warm. CNS depressants are really good at that.

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7 minutes ago, WinterRosie said:

And comfort is best acquired when sleepy, drowsy, and warm. CNS depressants are really good at that.

I don't think I've ever heard anyone so elegantly state that or even admit to that at all. I've always had a problem with psych drugs precisely because a lot of them are sedating and sedation is one side effect hat I cannot tolerate. I hate to feel sleepy all the time. To me that's misery. Now I understand that other people find it comforting or at least, that the psych community thinks it is comforting.

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31 minutes ago, Yuna said:

I don't see how seroquel is a party drug. Unless you consider sleep walking to the fridge to eat all the brownies and ice cream a party- well then yes. 

Holy shit  ha ha. I remember devouring four cupcakes and a whole pile of food at a company party on Seroquel. I am lucky I only managed to gain 15 lbs on it.  

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@Yuna I don't see how seroquel is a party drug. Unless you consider sleep walking to the fridge to eat all the brownies and ice cream a party- well then yes. 

 

I don't need no stinkin' drugs to help me eat brownies and ice cream.  They're more entertaining than many parties I've been to!  LOL

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1 hour ago, Yuna said:

WATCH OUT! GABAPENTIN CAUSE BAD BAD WITHDRAWAL. I WAS ON 600mg for sleep for 2 years, you will get sick sick when you quit.

I agree ... weaning off of neurontin is a bitch.  At the very end it is the worse.  I had to go so slow, and when it came to the end, I just had to endure withdrawals from it.  All I remember was that it was terrible, and I vowed to never take it again (had it in 1998), and I haven't taken it to this day.

YMMV though ... it is a good med for a lot of people.

 

1 hour ago, Yuna said:

I don't see how seroquel is a party drug. Unless you consider sleep walking to the fridge to eat all the brownies and ice cream a party- well then yes. 

Great point!

 

1 hour ago, jt07 said:

I've always had a problem with psych drugs precisely because a lot of them are sedating and sedation is one side effect hat I cannot tolerate. I hate to feel sleepy all the time. To me that's misery. Now I understand that other people find it comforting or at least, that the psych community thinks it is comforting.

I do not like the sedation at all either.  I like feeling tired as in ready to sleep, but not tired all day long and otherwise. 

 

54 minutes ago, CeruleanBlue said:

I don't need no stinkin' drugs to help me eat brownies and ice cream. 

I don't either LOL

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I take Neurontin, too, along with my Seroquel XR and Prozac. I can't imagine getting high off Neurontin either. I'm sure it COULD be done in high doses, but don't recommend trying!

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18 hours ago, leadinglady said:

Can someone explain to me how this happens? I've been on Neurontin (a LOT of it) and never could imagine using it to get high. It doesn't have that affect. Why does it have street value? It doesn't seem like it would do anything! I just don't get it.

I've tried it twice, and it did zilch. The first two days I took Cymbalta, it made me quite high, but nothing after that. Stims like Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta don't exactly make me high, but they do lift my mood when taken in large quantities, and rather quickly.  Almost every Rx painkiller I've tried made high the first time I tried it, but nothing after that. Darvocet was an exception, but it eventually wore off too. And morphine never made me high, even the first time I took it. 

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3 hours ago, jt07 said:

I don't think I've ever heard anyone so elegantly state that or even admit to that at all. I've always had a problem with psych drugs precisely because a lot of them are sedating and sedation is one side effect hat I cannot tolerate. I hate to feel sleepy all the time. To me that's misery. Now I understand that other people find it comforting or at least, that the psych community thinks it is comforting.

Sedation is my holy grail. And unfortunately there's only one med that delivers it anymore: doxepin. And even that only gets me 5 hours, if I'm lucky. I haven't tried amiltriptylene yet, though, and I hope that will do the trick, because that's the last ordinary one I haven't tried. Maybe haldol? Has anyone ever used that for sleep? 

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5 hours ago, wookie said:

Holy shit  ha ha. I remember devouring four cupcakes and a whole pile of food at a company party on Seroquel. I am lucky I only managed to gain 15 lbs on it.  

Yeah and that happened to me from only 25mg of seroquel for sleep. I also took 10mg of ambien at the same time. I don't remember much after... just having this weird dreams about eating everything and then my mom would yell at me in the morning when significant portions of food dissapeared during the night.

4 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

I agree ... weaning off of neurontin is a bitch.  At the very end it is the worse.  I had to go so slow, and when it came to the end, I just had to endure withdrawals from it.  All I remember was that it was terrible, and I vowed to never take it again (had it in 1998), and I haven't taken it to this day.

YMMV though ... it is a good med for a lot of people.

 

Great point!

 

I do not like the sedation at all either.  I like feeling tired as in ready to sleep, but not tired all day long and otherwise. 

 

I don't either LOL

The Neurontin withdrawal was as bad as any withdrawal I've been through. There was something just Irksome about it, just miserable that I couldn't put my finger on but it sucked.

 

Also Ambien withdrawal also sucked, funny how my doctor failed to mention this to me.. hmmm.. Big Pharma just wants our money. :(

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1 hour ago, Yuna said:

I also took 10mg of ambien at the same time. I don't remember much after... just having this weird dreams about eating everything and then my mom would yell at me in the morning when significant portions of food dissapeared during the night.

Also Ambien withdrawal also sucked, funny how my doctor failed to mention this to me.. hmmm.. Big Pharma just wants our money. :(

Ambien causes problems with me too, but not with withdrawal ... when I took it, my memory was wiped when I woke up.  Didn't remember what I did beforehand, and I sleep-eat while on it (and not remembering doing it after waking up). All I see are the empty wrappers of food around.  I didn't have a hard time going off of it, probably because I was only on it a couple days.  I was eating way too much and I didn't like the not remembering.

 

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2 hours ago, melissaw72 said:

Ambien causes problems with me too, but not with withdrawal ... when I took it, my memory was wiped when I woke up.  Didn't remember what I did beforehand, and I sleep-eat while on it (and not remembering doing it after waking up). All I see are the empty wrappers of food around.  I didn't have a hard time going off of it, probably because I was only on it a couple days.  I was eating way too much and I didn't like the not remembering.

 

Mind if I send you a private message at some point? I gather you a regular here, so maybe you wouldn't mind if I ask you a few questions about this site? 

Now I am going to try and get some sleep... although the Trileptal is making sleep hard:(

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2 hours ago, Yuna said:

Mind if I send you a private message at some point? I gather you a regular here, so maybe you wouldn't mind if I ask you a few questions about this site? 

Now I am going to try and get some sleep... although the Trileptal is making sleep hard:(

Sure, no problem.  I'll do my best.

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On 3/4/2017 at 8:28 AM, Yuna said:

WATCH OUT! GABAPENTIN CAUSE BAD BAD WITHDRAWAL. I WAS ON 600mg for sleep for 2 years, you will get sick sick when you quit.

Interestingly enough I never noticed any signs of withdrawal when I quit gabapentin, although I suspect that was from also being on diazepam. I was on gabapentin + diazepam for quite a long time (having originally started the gabapentin over a month before the diazepam was added) because I was so concerned about possible withdrawal from the gabapentin and also thought the gabapentin may have been potentiating the diazepam, and my psych didn't really care either way so we left it like that... In hindsight I should have dumped it much sooner. Oh well.

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On 3/4/2017 at 7:28 AM, Yuna said:

WATCH OUT! GABAPENTIN CAUSE BAD BAD WITHDRAWAL. I WAS ON 600mg for sleep for 2 years, you will get sick sick when you quit.

I don't see how seroquel is a party drug. Unless you consider sleep walking to the fridge to eat all the brownies and ice cream a party- well then yes. 

I'm sorry that you were sick. I took 2600mg by the time it stopped working for my migraines, and I came off of it just like any other anti-convulsant. 

In other words, I did not get sick when I quit. It's fine to say *you* got sick, we want to hear about your personal experiences. But please don't extrapolate to others. Because, as with any medication, ymmv.

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I take 2400 mg of gabapentin a day (800x3) and it took me several months to get to this dosage. All the doctors I spoke to about gabapentin said that I needed to slowly work my way up to that dosage, allowing my body at least a few weeks to get used to each increase and see how I felt. I can only assume that if I were to stop taking gabapentin, I would similarly have to reduce it gradually over time and not just go cold turkey.

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Posted (edited)

On 3/4/2017 at 1:56 PM, Flash said:

Sedation is my holy grail. And unfortunately there's only one med that delivers it anymore: doxepin. And even that only gets me 5 hours, if I'm lucky. I haven't tried amiltriptylene yet, though, and I hope that will do the trick, because that's the last ordinary one I haven't tried. Maybe haldol? Has anyone ever used that for sleep? 

Don't have any experience with haldol, but 100mg thorazine has helped my sleep.....I get 7-9 hours a night.

However, thorazine was a last line choice for me when everything else didn't work out......If I were you, I would try the amitriptyline first before trying an antipsychotic..

Just my 2 cents.

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Gabapentin in really high doses causes a sense of euphoria and a paradoxical "activation" or feeling speedy. I used to work at an alcohol and drug detox, and many, maaany clients were on gabapentin (very common among the substance abuse population) for a slew of various disorders. They call them "johnnies" and they would literally take fistfuls to get absolutely stoned off their asses. Its a relatively common problem in the Boston area. Lyrica, because its structurally related, also attracts the same audience.

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On 3/8/2017 at 6:00 PM, mjs190 said:

Gabapentin in really high doses causes a sense of euphoria and a paradoxical "activation" or feeling speedy. I used to work at an alcohol and drug detox, and many, maaany clients were on gabapentin (very common among the substance abuse population) for a slew of various disorders. They call them "johnnies" and they would literally take fistfuls to get absolutely stoned off their asses. Its a relatively common problem in the Boston area. Lyrica, because its structurally related, also attracts the same audience.

I regard anticonvulsants as a class of meds you don't mess with because if you stop taking them suddenly you could have a seizure and die.  Could ingesting large quantities for kicks cause the same problem?

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Posted (edited)

3 hours ago, wookie said:

I regard anticonvulsants as a class of meds you don't mess with because if you stop taking them suddenly you could have a seizure and die.  Could ingesting large quantities for kicks cause the same problem?

I would say it absolutely could cause a problem, especially if there's an underlying seizure disorder and/or the person does this frequently. Effectively overdosing on any kind of medication is a bad idea, but to your point an antiepileptic drug could be especially dangerous for sure. 

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