“Gabapentin is effective and relatively safe, but comes with the potential for misuse and negative sequelae,” Joseph Insler, MD, from the VA Boston Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School, in Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News.
“Increasing availability, infrequent drug testing, and potentiation of euphoria when combined with opioids have likely all contributed to gabapentin misuse,” Dr Insler said here in a poster session at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) 26th Annual Meeting.
Gabapentin is usually not one of the drugs for which patients are tested in treatment programs, Dr Insler noted.
“If the drug test shows positive for the drug of abuse, it can lead to somebody being dismissed from the treatment program, and patients are aware of that. You can use as much gabapentin as you want, and it will lead to euphoria and feeling sedated, but nobody will know if they don’t test for it. This is definitely a factor that is driving this increasing misuse,” he said.”
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Source: Medscape.com – December 11, 2015