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Re: Gabitril ( any one like it?)

Posted by Ritch on March 13, 2003, at 22:53:16

In reply to Re: Gabitril ( any one like it?), posted by SLS on March 13, 2003, at 18:34:14

> > > My doc siad I can take it PRN for irritablility .. And I have the bottle in front of me but I'm scared to take it. I take 20 mg of lexapro and xanax prn ( which I get from a GP) I Don't know what to do. I have tried Tegretol before and Lamictal and it didn'tsend me off the deep end.. Are these drugs similiar? I need support!!!
> > >
> > > Rainee :)
> >
> > Doc said I have an unusual case of social phobia for it, but it did make me psychotic when I took it for social anxiety. Thought I would either die or be psychotic for the rest of my life one night, very scary.
> >
> > So I guess avoid it if you're the type that gets paranoid from pot.
> >
> >
> I have heard of a concept called "GABA overload". If any drug were going to produce such a thing, it would be Gabitril (tiagabine). It is a GABA uptake inhibitor. As such, I would think it capable of oversaturating GABA receptors.
> - Scott

I had similar probs that Utopizen had with it but only at higher dosages. At 4 or 8mg single doses (IOW up to 16mg/day), it did seem to reduce depression and anxiety, but I had signficant cognitive side-effects. From what I remember you are supposed to only start with 4mg doses per day and then increase by 4mg increments per week. It would probably be OK if the dose size is only 4mg.




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