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Re: Does gabapentin have anything to do with GABA? Buffet

Posted by Snowie on October 22, 2000, at 19:06:55

In reply to Does gabapentin have anything to do with GABA?, posted by Buffet on October 22, 2000, at 4:08:07


Just to add to what the others have said, my understanding is that Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant, not an SSRI, even though it may also act as an antianxiety agent and mood stabilizer in some people. I've been taking Xanax for over 5 years, and I noticed a difference immediately when I started taking Neurontin, i.e., I didn't need as much Xanax. Strangely enough, often Neurontin has worked better than Xanax on anxiety. I don't know why Neurontin has had this effect on me. There may be some side effects at some point since my pdoc will ask me if I've noticed any increased irritation, depersonalization, or memory loss. So far, I haven't noticed those side effects, but I'm taking a small amount of Neurontin, even though my pdoc has recently increased the dose to 600 mg. (200 mg. x 3) per day. Hopefully, there will be no side effects.


> It wasn't named because it deals with GABA receptors or GABA itself was it? If so I am very interested in how it works.
> Also, does neurontin have sedative qualities to it? Still looking for something to take place of xanax. My only option is to go back onto another ssri (the only thing that kinda works).
> Does anybody know of any research on drugs that increase the production of GABA? Or, act as an 'sGri'. This would put an end to the dependence to benzos.




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