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Re: Gabapentin to replace benzos

Posted by Elaine on April 12, 1999, at 22:36:01

In reply to Gabapentin to replace benzos, posted by Bert on April 12, 1999, at 12:43:54

I'm not sure about panic attacks and social phobia per se, but I would say possibly on the panic attacks because it addresses both depression and manic symptoms. Gabapentin is used for mood disorders - it is another in the series of anti-convulsives being used for mood disorders. I am currently taking gabapentin with lithium. The good thing about gabapentin is, there is very little in the way of side effects or drug interactions. Also, if you forget if you've taken it and take another dose, you don't have to worry - it's practically impossible to OD on it.

There is a lot of website information. You can look under gabapentin or Neurontin. The official, extensive manufacturer's info is at There is a good FAQ on Gabapentin for Depression and/or Mania at I read that some people who have not been able to tolerate AD's because of switches to mania...or development of mixed states, have been able to tolerate therapeutic doses of anti-depressants when taking gabapentin. So, if gabapentin is right for whatever ails you, you might find it helps the other meds be tolerated better. That's just a guess. Check out the web sites.




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