Gabapentin High – What are the Dangers of Recreational Use?

Dangers of Gabapentin High

Currently, the authorities don’t consider Gabapentin a “controlled substance”. Therefore, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulates it. On the other hand, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) does not.

It does, however, require a prescription. Gabapentin works within the brain. The Gabapentin high involves the relief of certain pain sensations. This happens in the Central Nervous System.

People use it to treat the more common causes of pain. They include chronic pain, defined neuralgia pain, and restless leg syndrome. Doctors also prescribe it for patients with epilepsy. They use it as an anti-convulsing and post-herpetic neuralgia brought on by shingles. However, it isn’t a cure for epilepsy. Therefore, as long as the patient takes the correct dosages, it can be useful. As a result, it is a safe method to control seizures.

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What is the Recreational Use of Gabapentin?

Use of Gabapentin and other anticonvulsant drugs is on the rise. This is due to the increased monitoring of controlled substances. For example, they can be Oxycontin and even Xanax.

Recreational use was first reported in 2007. The users will ‘Doc Shopped”. They could no longer obtain the drug through legal means, such as prescriptions. A woman went through withdrawal symptoms. They included the shakes, heavy perspiring, overly excitability, and eyeballs protruding.

They originally approved Gabapentin for epilepsy in 1993, gaining popularity through the 1990s. Since licensing in 2002 for post-herpetic neuralgia, prescriptions have risen. This has gone to a level of considerable concern. It is even though the general thought is that it is on the low side for potential abuse. When doctors started to prescribe for neuropathic pain in 2004, the use went through the roof.

Misuse of Gabapentin is now between 40% and 65% of those with prescriptions. Also, they are between 15% and 22% of people who are abusing opioids. Users have reported that the Gabapentin high helps with opiate withdrawal.

Another thing is the low cost, it can be as little as $10.00 for 90 pills. The easy access (being prescribed off-label) have made it a favorite high. Furthermore, you can refill the prescriptions electronically, bypassing close monitoring.

There is another reason it is so popular. The high does not manifest in noticeable and frightening Gabapentin side effects. This is something the user does not want. The most common ones include light headiness, lack of coordination and feeling sleepy.

There are adverse reactions to taking Gabapentin as a recreational drug. Some of the adverse reactions include fainting, throwing up and even falling into a coma. If you take it as prescribed, the drug can do its job correctly. It will relieve pain and control epileptic seizures. However, if taken irresponsibly, it can lead to reactions that create medical emergencies.

It is possible to overdose the first-time you use Gabapentin as a recreational drug. It is merely due to the fact they may have never taken it before. Therefore, you have not developed a tolerance, and the high dose can be dangerous.

In any case, taking Gabapentin can be very dangerous. It is even so without medical supervision from a doctor who knows you and your medical history.

What is a Gabapentin High?

You can compare the “ Gabapentin high” to getting high on marijuana. It creates a feeling of calm and euphoria. The person believes it can make them more sociable and handle life better if not easier. It also seems to have no noticeable “down”. Also, in some instances, it can produce some psychedelic effects.

On the negative side of this euphoria, it has shown to relax the person so much that the person feels like a zombie. While this euphoria is desirable, it can also alter the actual mental state.

This also comes along with disassociation. Following an overdose, the drug can cause seizures and interruptions in immune functionality.

To get the “Gabapentin high,” users may take doses over 900 mg at a time. Users have reported that those abusing the drug have taken as much as 5,000 mg at a time.

The “high” feeling is not immediate. It usually takes about an hour to start getting the feeling of having too much to drink. The drunk feeling can last several hours. Also, as it starts to wear off, the user will take another dose, trying to keep the Gabapentin high they already feel.

What are the Risks and Side Effects of Gabapentin?

People consider Gabapentin a “safer” drug. It is because it is not injected, snorted or mixed with other drugs. However, whenever you take any drug differently than normal, it can become dangerous. It will intensify the danger if you take the drug with another drug. On the other hand, you may have taken too much.

Gabapentin is not thought of like a drug that is habit-forming. However, some people take it and have formed a habit. As a result, they take it as often as they can. While it may not create mental dependence, some users believe they need it to stay happy and relaxed.

The “crash” that follows the feeling intoxication can be more than the user had thought. It can show up as soon as the next day or the next week. The withdrawal will feel like the opposite of the great Gabapentin high that they felt. They will display being agitation, easily angered, depressed, tense, fidgety and apprehensive. These feelings can lead them to keep taking the drug rather than go through what they fear in withdrawal. This leads to dependency.

Gabapentin for Pregnant Women

You should discuss Gabapentin with your doctor. You need to make sure the benefit outweighs the risk. In any case, you should take antiepileptic drugs with caution. Also, you should do it as a part of your pre-pregnancy counseling. This way, the doctor can tell you about the risk of abnormalities in the fetus.

The easiest way to avoid the “crash” and its effects are to take the drug as prescribed by your physician. Take it in the correct dose and in the proper time frame.

Final Thoughts

Gabapentin is a non-opioid/non-pharmacologic treatment. Also, it can result in lessening of pain without the obvious side effects of an opioid pain reliever. Your physician will most likely start you on a low dosage and increase gradually. They regulate the increase if done, by how your initial reaction to taking it. This is because the Gabapentin high can cause light headiness and sleepiness.

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It is important to note that Gabapentin is not a controlled substance. However, users can still abuse it. It is becoming a DOC (drug of choice) for many looking for the high. As a result, it is turning into a go-to drug for recreational users. This is along with other anticonvulsant drugs.

Gabapentin High – What are the Dangers of Recreational Use?

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  • It lessens my lower back pain so I can still get stuff done.

    • What kind of lower back pain do you have? I have 2 titanium rods in my back from scoliosis. I am on 150mg 2 Times daily, they do work better then baclofen.

      • I am on 2400 mg daily for Fibromyalgia and nerve damage. I didn’t think it helped with either until I had to go without for 3 days due to Dr closing early on a Thurs and not opened on Friday due to a severe snow storm..My script was due to be filled on Friday. I could tell a huge difference once I didn’t hear them. I must add that I had horrible withdrawals that caused me to feel like I had bugs or a loose hair on me , sweating horribly ,and couldn’t sleep for the three days. I have never abused it or had withdrawals from any meds, including narcotic pain meds prescribed for 4 months after surgery and during the physical therapy that followed. I know several people who are prescribed it for various reasons who have had the same experience once they run out for various reasons. None abuse them.

        • 2400 is Dose of abuse American Dr’s are insane you would be considered abusing it at a 1000mg a day in Australia you’re taking 240% more than that??!!

          • Weird. Here the max dosage is 3600. Which is what I was at when I had nerve death and regen from a spinal injury.

          • What they do in Australia is different in what they do here. It is not abusing anything to take 2700mg a day. Some people are bigger/heavier than others. Just because you might think it’s abusing it, in your mind, doesn’t make it so. That’s your opinion. Also, not everyone experiences the same levels of pain. The only thing insane is your condemnation of others based on low/different standards from your country. That isn’t what this page is intended for.

          • Agreed. I take a MAX of 600MG a day for SEVERE nerve ending pain after a MAJOR surgery. They are taking FAR too much. They can justify however they want but unless they weigh 1200lbs they’re on WAY too much and no way in hell a doctor would start someone on anywhere near that amount. This is them abusing and lying plain and simple.

          • My back has been fused from L1 to L5. I also have a pain pump in my stomach dripping dilaudid directly into the bottom of my spinal sack. Unfortunately, I’m still in bad pain. And I have nerve pain in my legs that doctors can’t figure out what to do about it. So now I’m starting Gabapentin 300 mg’s a day for two weeks then increase at intervals of twice that amount, then three times until around 1500-2000 mg’s daily. My pain doctor told me he has a patient that’s taking an insane amount of around 10,000 mg daily. I didn’t even think that was possible, but he assured me it was true, and stated no apparent side effects.

          • 2400mg is a daily amount … not a single dose.

      • I have 4 screws, 2 pins and 2 rods in my spine from lumbar fusions and i use gabapentin for nerve pain and fybromyalgia, it works great but tolerance builds quickly.

    • I have neuropathy and the gaba helps with the pain in various seas. I grew frustrated with taking so many meds. I went cold turkry on gaba and after a week, I learned it really was helping. I now take 1200 mgs TID. I’m depressed though and wish I knew how to get high. SOS…

      • I have neuropathy in my legs, arms, and feet. New for me since i**ot dr missed that I was type1 diabetic, had numbers and me complaining near death and ignored it. I ended up in hospital nearly in a coma! Anyway, now I have severe neuropathy. My right foot being the worst pain, my legs & arms ache so much at night, and my foot is so much pain that I can’t sleep! Dr has me on 300mg’s 3 times per day. Is 1200 mg’s per day helping you? I have to do something!

        • I take 800 mgs 3 times a day for nerve damage from a failed spinal fusion surgery. I have numbness/pins and needles/burning in my left foot, toes and all the way up my calf. The gaba absolutely helps tremendously. Without it when I wake up the morning and stand up I feel like I’m walking on hot concrete in the middle of the summer. Every now and then I’ll get a little buzzy from it. The main thing I hate is mid afternoon I’m already getting tired from it but it isn’t difficult to push through. It works. Mostly the doctors have to gradually increase it until they hit the right dosage for your body.

    • me too, that’s exactly why I take it. and plus it gives me a little energy that I need to get a bunch of stuff done.

  • I’ve taken 5,600 MG (7) and I’m starting to feel the effects. Granted I have a tolerance for the drug, usually doses of 5. I was reading the dangers and it’s so slow acting that I do not recommend such high doses at once. Start slow IF you plan to abuse the drug. I’m not advocating drug abuse, but please be safe. The effects are slow and it strongly hits when least expected.

  • Can anyone tell me if my girlfriend is abusing it ..i found straws and a card for crushing it …the tabs have three score marks on one side and a center score on the reverse sode ..they are white with pink speckles..she said they are gababentin ..but they have no numbers ..but she works with animals and they use it there thinking she got them from work

    • My gabapentin come in a clear capsulr with white powder inside. I’m uk though, so more than likely a different brand

    • Also, in my experience, speckled pills tend to be extasy

    • Google “pill identifier “ online and it will have a place for you to type in any numbers or letters on the pill, select color and shape etc and it will tell you what it is. Good luck!

    • Sounds like Norco. Loritab..

    • That sounds more like an opiate I think that Is Percocet so sorry

      • It is nothing like Percocet. I just got out of the hospital for undergoing a rapid opiate detox under anesthesia. I detoxed from Percocet, as I was addicted to it for a year. I was prescribed Gabapentin to help my post acute withdraw symptoms, which include severe anxiety and tremors. I was also prescribed Gaba by my psychiatrist for anxiety as well. It helps me a lot but it is not an opioid and the high is nothing compared to Percocet.

        • Hey Jenn, Can you tell me more about this rapid detox? Are you in the US? If so how do you go about getting that prescribed?

    • Dude that’s loritab 7.5 highly addicting

    • Gabapentin is often prescribed for dogs….. so she’s telling you what she has, why don’t you just ask her what she’s taking them for? It seems odd that you ask her what they are, but ask here what they are for….?

    • Sounds like 5mg vicodin

    • Interestingly, you say that. I found similar items in my daughter’s room. Straw, and not pink tablets but yellow capsules Yellow, oblong, ‘IP 102’ along one side. Did you find out any answers?

    • No those are codeine Tylenol pills she was taking.

    • Sounds like she’s taking Hydrocodone, which is an opiate. Gabapentin aren’t hard pressed pills, they’re capsules with powder inside. Your GF is doing some serious s**t..

    • Sounds like hydrocodone

    • White with sparkles sounds like hydrocodone to me.

    • White with pink speckles are narco, (hydrocodone). Recovering addict here and 100% positive

    • OxyContin looks like that

    • I suppose it could be Norco. They have a white tablet with pink speckles but if there isn’t an imprint on the tablet then it is probably not Norco. All U.S. prescriptions are required to have an imprint on the tablet to identify them.

    • White with pink specks is usually hydrocodone (Vicodin) 5mg: with 500mg Tylenol

    • There are no opioids or gabapentinoids that have that description of being speckled and having different scores. This does indicate that it is a high-dose if there are options to split it into three parts. If it is rectangular it sounds like a 3mg Xanax (ER I think which is high-dose extended release) as that is the only thing I have ever heard of with 3 scores on one side. This is a high dose benzodiazepine with high abuse/dependence potential. It is related to gabapentin in that it interacts with the GABA transmitter network but on different receptors and in a different mode of action. Otherwise my first thought is a black market pill that was made of who knows what (explaining the specks) and I have seen black market Xanax but never pink. Don’t know if this helps any. As others have said, look up the imprint on the pill. If there are no imprints it is a black market pill. Ask her to show you a picture of it online before asking her why she is taking it, I doubt she can provide one…

    • Those are Norco.

    • I’ve never heard of a doctor prescribing medications to snort. I’m thinking if asked directly in a comfortable environment. Honesty will come to the surface, truth floats like ivory soap ’cause it’s so pure

    • The straw alone should tell you. Of course she is …common sense…

  • I take 800 mg 4 times a day for post herpetic neuralgia from never damage after shingles. At the same time I take 4 mg zanaflex and the only side effect I get is blurred vision. Don’t know if they help, but they don’t hurt….

  • That sounds like Vicodin. But like you said no numbers or letters, meaning it probably is an animal tranquilizer. Such as Ketamine or probably to lesser extent benzodiapines.

  • I broke my neck and fractured
    L2 thru L6 and tailbone split and
    James into ball sac
    broke pelvis in 5 fractures,
    blew both hips blew out both knees,broke r leg 3 places compound fractures and crushed
    my right ankle. plus dislocation
    of right shoulder..
    I just got these pills and I hurt all the daily dose of hydro
    7.5mg 4 x daily just dont cut it.
    I HURT.
    how much can I take to feel good
    without od..I am rasamms and add gmail you know the rest.
    need some advise.

    • Oh My Heavens, Roger!!! My heart BREAKS for you!!! I’ve been feeling sorry for myself over nerve pain. I don’t like Gaba because it just makes me clumsy & super tired. I’m not one who enjoys feeling sedated or drunk – ugh! BUT WOW DO I FEEL STUPID NOW. I CAN NOT imagine how much pain you are in every day. Don’t know if it will work for you …. but I am going to add your name to our prayer line (don’t worry – confidential & only 1st name). I truly pray you get SOME relief.

    • My God man! Why are you not in hospital?

    • Damn brother o sure hope you’re doing better!! For one, I can’t believe a doctor only prescribed you 7.5’s when they have 10’s. I was prescribed 4 10’s a day just through pain management. And for 2, I don’t know if they make a pill strong enough to control what pain you must of had!! Good luck man.

  • Thank you for this information, incredibly helpful and well put together. My grandfather is prescribed this among other various meds and I’m just trying to figure what is what.

    • You should ask for Oxycodone which comes in 5mg 10mg 15mg 20 and 30 and it keeps going. Not Percocet which has Tylenol and is hard on the liver. I’ve been on several different kinds for nueropathy for 10 years and they help

  • The yellow pills your daughter is taking is oercotec aka oxycodone aka oxycotin. Very strong opiate. And your girlfriend is taking Norco aka hydrocodone and very strong opiate. I’m sorry foe both of you I’m a recovering addict I was addicted to heroin and Xanax and been clean for 9 months. I take gabapentin 600 mg 3x a day. It’s helps so so much with laid. I’ve been shot in the face two times and one bullet is logged in my nasal cavity and one went through my ear drum and out the back of my skull. I was also shot twice in my left leg. One through my calf and one through my quad. I also have broken my wrist amd have a metal plate in my wrist with 8 screws. Amd I have completely shatterymy right shoulder amd have multiple plates and 22 scees throughout my collar bone and rotater cuff and upper arm. This medication helps so much with the nerve pain I get from all of my inquiry’s. Without it I’m in so much pain that any other medication just doesn’t help because it’s my nerves not muscles as much. Especially in my face where I was shot and my shoulder that just a broken puzzle screwed together. I can’t use opiates because I’m a recovering addict. I have abbused gaba before at over 5000mg at once but I don’t recommend. It made me have a seizuione time. The high is exactly as explained. But if you take it as prescriyit works great. There is a withdrawal that’s horrible almost like opiate withdrawal maybe even worse. But gabapentin is a great medication to take for nerve damage if taken as prescribed.

    • Thanks for your warning about the withdrawal from gabapentin and your honesty about being a recovering addict. I am as well and am also on 600mg three times per day and just found myself looking up whether, or not you can get high if I take a higher dosage. I have
      6 1/2 years clean and your post has saved me from using. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You may have saved my life. My kids thank you, as well.

  • Dude are the pellets your girls crushing orange? Adderall comes to mind.

  • White and speckled pink pills sound like an opioid to me. I have seen the hydrocodone in 7.5 mg doses with those. If she has resorted to snorting then than she is well on her way to opioid abuse. I would take 10-12 orally but they wouldn’t work fast enough. So then I would crush and swallow them like a goodys powder. When I became immune to that I would snort them. Burned like I was snorting fire but as an addict you do what you have to to get that “high”. This drug is highly addictive as users can become hooked and start double and triple dosing in as little as a week. It’s basically synthetic heroin. She is most likely past the point of no return and will need medical treatment to come off of those. I’m so sorry and hope she can get it fixed.

  • I am on 120mg Methadone, 1600mg Neurontin, 6mg Xanax, 50mg Promethazine, and 145mg Tricor daily. I have chronic orofacial nerve damage (Burning Mouth Syndrome) and chronic anxiety/panic that is debilitating for me……….I have been on Methadone for 16 years and Xanax for 18years…….I am also an opioid addict, you name it I have done it…………..I used to take 3 75mcg/hr Fentanyl Patches and squeeze the gel from 1-3 at a time in my mouth and take it sublingually even when on methadone it would get me extremely high, the only opiod that would overpower the methadone its so damn strong, and most def addicted to Xanax as well, if you take an opioid or benzodiazepine for years… my case decades you WILL BE ADDICTED BOTTOM LINE, now Neurontin will most def get you a strange high like you are on a stimulant that’s euphoric but your wobbly and I don’t know I cant really compare it to any other drug but imo it’s not very addictive and tolerance builds almost as quickly as taking SOMA (if you’ve taken it you know what I mean). I can take it for months and just quit without withdrawals, which I am thankful for ……..I use this drug for a few months then stop to let tolerance develop again, otherwise its useless…..

    • Wow, what Methadone clinic do you go to that allows you to take Xanax and methadone together????!!! That doctor needs to be in jail. Ive been on methadone for 7 years and if your caught with benzos in your system prescribed or not, your ass will be kick off the clinic. Benzos and methadone are a deadly Combo!!!!

  • I’m trying so hard to come of tramadol but I can’t bear the withdrawals especially as I work 60 hours a week and on my feet. I have been given gama. Does it help with tramadol withdrawal? If so I would only use gama for a week or so so I don’t become addicted.

    • DAVE:

      I had to get off tramadol before and it was the worst thing in my life. I had to change over to Vicodin first. That’s the only way I was able to stop. Problem is, I because addicted to that since I have back issues my dr gave them to me like candy! 400 a month or more, I can’t exactly remember but I know it was way too many. Tramadol was the worst to come off of so the Vic’s def made it so that I didn’t withdrawal. I was taking around 20 pills, if not more a day though. By the time I had enough, I was taking about 15-20 Vic’s a day (the 10/325) kind. Snorting and swallowing. I went to a methadone clinic and was on 40mg for about 2 years I believe. I was able to taper down to about 20 mg a day of the methadone and then switched over to suboxone. It was WAY easier to taper down to 0mg than it would have been methadone. Methadone and suboxone did help me though. While on methadone I had no cravings at all which gave me the strength to get emotional help. I never got any cravings at all until
      About a year after being off of suboxone. Had nothing at all for a while year, super happy about being sober, then life happened. I’m back on suboxone for all my cravings. A lot of people don’t like methadone or suboxone but I’ll tell you first hand it made me stop taking opioids all together and it’s helped friend who was on a horrible mixture of heroin AND percs AMD whatever else she could get her hands on. My friend was on 160 mg of methadone daily but is finally down 5mg a day and almost done! It’s a long road but if you have support, if your READY to stop for YOU…. I’d do thenmejadone route. Tramadol has come to the light more and more in the last 5 years and had been known to have a worse detox than heroin, in some users. It’s become very very dangerous and that’s why the classification got changed a few years back. Because of how bad it is.

  • Unfortunately, the straws and card are obvious signs of abuse. You can Google “pill identifier” and enter the description of any drug in pill or capsule form, and it will tell you what the drug is. I have taken both Lyrica and Gabapentin, and I felt virtually no relief from my pain, so I stopped taking them.
    I honestly don’t see how it could give you a high, even in increased doses. For me, both Lyrica (pregabalin) and Gabapentin were virtually useless drugs. 🙁

  • I take 10mg of norco(Vicodin) every 4-6 hours. I get a 60 pill supply every 10 days. I’m on 300mg Gabapentin Qid, and 5mg Valium QD. Every 2 months I take a Prednisone medpack. And have for 2 years. I don’t feel I’m under any danger of addiction and while I’m undergoing treatment for the conditions responsible, I’ll be more than happy to quit the meds but right now they’re the only thing keeping me able to work. Good luck y’all.

  • Jordana is right. Forget about what the drug is for a minute. Anyone crushing and snorting needs help. Your girl will lose her life if she gets caught. Never get a job in any med field. Confront her. If she was naive, someone else there is in on it. If it is nonequine vet, you cant give a 30lb dog 20mg of vicodin wo it stop breathing. She needs to quit. She will get caught on video or by the other coworker. If it is the vet, leave, have him sign legal letter you will not defame him and vice versa. Plus, snorting all the tylenol that is in the pills is horrible. May also be ketamine tab. They use it all day in some vets. Oral sedation on little animals that need 3 min “clip” . Let us know

  • I was injured in the military, have a bunch of Bars, screws, and rods up my spine. My sacral bone was broke and healed up like an “S”. I have “Sciatic Paralysis”, Severe Nerve Damage, and have been diagnosed with that Fibromyalgia…I take 4 300mg pills 3 times a day, so 3600mg a day. I’ve been taking this crap since 03. It does nothing but make me feel like S**t. You know that feeling when you’ve been up for 2 or 3 days straight, and you haven’t eaten a thing, all you’ve done is drink coffee, and your stomach has that awful nausea feeling? That’s the same feeling I get with this s**t. It does nothing for the pain. I don’t understand how anybody is using, or especially abusing this med. You probably actually get more of an effect taking NoDoz than this. There has to be an alterior motive for this being put on the Controlled Substance list because there’s no way someone is getting off on this drug

  • Kratom will help opiate WD’s
    It works for pain to a certain extent……

  • I broke my back from L2-S1 when I was 20. I was put on 30mg Oxycontin 4x/day plus 15mg oxycodone 4x/day plus 10mg valium 3x/day, 2mg xanax 3x/day, 1 mg clonazepam 2x/day, 300 mg neurontin 3x/day, 60mg adderall a day to help keep me awake, 300mg trazadone to help me sleep, 10mg baclofen 5x/day plus others and I have a spinal cord stimulator Implant and have been on all of this for 20 years. I finally said enough was enough and in 1.5 months I stepped myself down and off of all narcotics. I stepped myself down and off the neur6. My xanax is down to .25mg 3x day (for anxiety), on off of clonazepam and now I just take mydayis in place of adderall (for narcolepsy) , the trazadone to help me sleep (for insomnia). I have less pain and feel much better and actually feel like I might be able to work again sometime (currently I’m totally and permanently disabled on SSD) but I still have pain from failed fusion syndrome (aka. Failed back syndrome) , degenerative disc Disease, spinal stenosis and fusions from L2-S1. Oxycodone 5mg is what helped the most but I got kicked out of my pain clinic for trying a friends narcolepsy med to see if it would work better than mine. Now, no pain Management place will treat me and my primary care physician won’t prescribe narcotics. Does anyone have any advice as to how to go about getting a legal script for it? Thanks for any help you can provide! I really need it!

  • I was recently prescribed gabapentin, a max of 200mg per dose as needed for “untreatable” depression/anxiety. I am very sensitive to a lot of medications, including psych meds. Gabapentin has honestly been life changing for me I dont take it every day, I’ve never taken it more than once a day, and sometimes I only take 100mg. I take it when I feel like I need it & I don’t experience any side effects when it wears off.

  • Gabapentin does come in hard pressed pills. I take them

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