Neurontin addiction and abuse
Addiction to anything is composed of the main disorders including failure to control a behavior, increased tension prior to a behavior and pleasure while experiencing the behavior. There are specific symptoms for every addiction. These symptoms are experienced repeatedly. It is diagnosable if they are experienced over an extended period with respect to an addiction disorder. Addiction can be caused by anything, such as sex and even internet browsing. The most common addiction we see is related to use of drugs. Among the drugs, addiction to Neurontin in particular, has been the subject of debate these days, specifically with reference to off-label marketing of Neurontin.
Neurontin, which is a prescription drug, has been studied from 1983 in the United States. In 1994 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Neurontin to treat seizures caused by epilepsy. This treatment involved complementary therapies. Further, Neurontin was also approved by the FDA to treat nerve pain associated with shingles and herpes. The manufacturer of Neurontin originally was Parke-Davis, but subsequently in 2000 they sold these rights to Pfizer. Neurontin has been one of the best selling drugs in the world. The annual revenues out of this sale only were found to be about 3 billion dollars. However, as Neurontin is a prescription medicine and as it is administered for only approved uses, it has not achieved these sales numbers. It is found that 70 to 90 per cent of the Neurontin prescriptions are sold for off-label exploitation. However, it is not legal for the manufacturer of a drug to promote it for uses that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
In reality, this drug is marketed for treatment of a number of ailments, which goes against the conditions stipulated by the FDA. Ironically, off-label use becomes possible without violating the laws, as doctors are not subjected to the conditions laid down by the FDA, and they prescribe this medicine for off-label use. Therefore, the manufacturer only had suffered penalties for having marketed Neurontin for off-label uses. Neurontin is prescribed for unapproved uses such as bipolar disorder, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), migraines, pain syndromes, and Attention Deficit Disorder. It is therefore very clear that Neurontin is available easily. Now, we have to see how it causes addiction.
If Neurontin is stopped abruptly, it can cause withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety or seizures. Many users tend to continue using Neurontin just to escape from the withdrawal symptoms caused by Neurontin. This develops dependency of the medicine. Therefore, when the users of this type miss their dose of Neurontin, it causes certain symptoms in them. This slowly paves the way to getting addicted to Neurontin. Even doctors decide to put the patients back on Neurontin when severe withdrawal symptoms occur. The doctors may then gradually decrease the dose of this medicine, depending on the individual's conditions, to minimize the effects of withdrawal of Neurontin.
Neurontin, or gabapentin as it is known by its chemical name, should be used only for the approved purposes. This medicine should not be started without consulting your doctor. Otherwise, it may cause serious side effects. Particularly, withdrawal of Neurontin causes worse conditions. Therefore, before stopping or tapering Neurontin you should consult your doctor, giving your complete medical background. Off-label use of Neurontin encourages addiction to this drug. Do not abuse Neurontin as it can lead to addiction. If you are already an addict to Neurontin, your healthcare provider is the best person to treat you for this and help you to get off Neurontin in a gradual manner. Have yourself educated thoroughly on the effects of Neurontin. Do not alter the dose prescribed for you or increase the frequency of taking Neurontin before talking to your doctor.