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Is Neurontin a controlled substance?

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Inactive 25 Oct 2012

Neurontin (gabapentin) is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.

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balbanese 2 Aug 2012

Technically no. Prescription only yes. Hope this helps.

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squealygirl 24 Oct 2012

Thank you!!

butterflylynn 2 Aug 2012

No it is not classified as a controlled substance.
But if the reason you are asking is you are planning on stopping the medication. You will need to taper off of it under a physicians care as you can have side effects stopping it all together suddenly.
Kathy

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squealygirl 24 Oct 2012

Thank you!!

dragontrouble 15 Apr 2017

It ONLY takes 42 hrs to get out of the system! Why would you have to taper off of that??

kaismama 2 Aug 2012

I've got to ask, why did you think to ask that? I get curious when others think of some of the questions they do. Controlled drugs are drugs that are addictive. Nothing about gabapentin is addicting.

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Inactive 2 Aug 2012

I was wondering the same thing!

lanar1026 11 Aug 2012

I'm not sure why this other person asked the question, but I have been wondering also. I switched to this from Lyrica 2 weeks ago because even though Lyrica is "almost" the same medicine, it is controlled. I can't be on any controlled meds in order to go back to work. I have had severe withdrawals everytime I tried coming off Lyrica, so I thought this might be an easier way to get back to work sooner and not go through a month of withdrawals. Also not being on controlled meds would be safer for driving. I have heard of people getting tickets for DUI on controlled meds. YIKES! I have heard that there are some withdrawals with coming off Neurontin also. I think any meds that cause withdrawals mean addiction. In a different sense than narcotics, perhaps, but addiction is addiction. I hope my answer helped some?

kaismama 11 Aug 2012

That's kind of crazy, since lyrica is a schedule 5 drug, meaning it has little abuse potential, and has limited addiction potential. Robitussin AC and lomotil are schedule 5 drugs. I'm not sure on what universe the DEA decided that lyrica has any addiction potential. They must have taken total leave of their senses.

kaismama 11 Aug 2012

Ok, and here I go again, just because your body becomes dependent on having the drugs and if you stop them abruptly you have withdrawal, it does NOT mean you're addicted. Many many drugs cause dependence. Addiction is a pathological condition in which you take more then prescribed, and not for the the effect its prescribed, but for a high, regardless of the consequences. I'm really sooooooooooo tired of people saying if they take a pill they'll get addicted. No pill automatically makes you an addict. Its your behavior that does that.

Jeremy140002 24 Oct 2012

You know, there are many people who can understand what you are talking about. Also, for those of you who think that the FDA lost their minds with lyrica, you are so wrong. I myself love the way lyrica makes me feel. I know many others who agree with me, not only in person, but you can find many online. So, you certainly can get addicted to lyrica and neurontin, too.

Inactive 24 Oct 2012

Lyrica & neurontin are both seizures drugs. They have no potential for addiction, but do help many with neuropathic pain. The reason for withdrawing slowly is they have the potential to cause a seizure if stopped abruptly. Please read the links below...
https://www.drugs.com/lyrica.html
https://www.drugs.com/neurontin.html

kaismama 24 Oct 2012

I felt great on lyrica too, it helped my fibro. That doesn't mean I was addicted to it, or would have any tendency to abuse it. The side effects of taking too much would stop most sensable people from abusing it. Its not the drug that makes the addict, its the addict.

squealygirl 24 Oct 2012

Thank you! I was just curious--I took the drug years ago and I had spoke briefly to my doctor. I forgot to ask. So on the night I asked I had not talked to him about it. I have spoke with him since then.

robman8921 17 Mar 2013

I am a police officer and just to educate everyone, any drug that effects driving even over the counter can result in a DUI. Of course the officer has to articulate a non-controlled drug and how it effected the driver's operation of a vehicle. This is done mainly by standardized field sobriety testing, implied consent, blood or urine sample, and if given and the operator fails even over the counter drugs can result in a DUI. Just be careful when taking any drug and read the warning labels.

YesSir101 15 May 2017

In Kentucky starting July 1, 2017 Gabapentin will be a Schedule 5 Controlled Substance.

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Trashpanda 22 Jul 2017

Yes. In the State of Kentucky, on July 1st, 2017, This drug became a controlled substance. My husband takes it for neuropathy and restless leg due to severe Diabetes. I had to show I.D. today to pick up his prescription. I am not sure why it is considered a controlled substance.

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shanenc14 26 Nov 2017

Gabapentin has become controlled in KY, due to increasing abuse by inhaling/"snorting" the powder inside the capsules to obtain a "high". I was also told by my Primary Care Physician that Gabapentin will also become Schedule 5 Controlled Substance in TN starting in 2018. Due to the actions of some, unfortunately, all must suffer the consequences. I expect more states to follow, if not on a federal level soon!

michaellemond 31 Oct 2017

do not know

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LFP42-FArs 25 May 2018

just curious

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