Suboxone can play an important role in opioid addiction treatment, because it helps patients to manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. While Suboxone can be highly effective for treating opioid addiction, it is important to evaluate the interactions between this drug and any other medications you are taking before starting a Suboxone regimen.
One interaction that may come with risks is that between gabapentin and Suboxone. If you’re taking either of these medications and plan to start the other, you need to understand the potential side effects that can occur when taking Suboxone and gabapentin together. It is always recommended that you speak with your prescribing physician to learn more about medication interactions.
What Is Gabapentin?
Before diving into the gabapentin Suboxone interaction effects, it is helpful to have an understanding of gabapentin and its uses. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants, and it is used to treat seizures in individuals with epilepsy. Gabapentin can also treat nerve pain and restless leg syndrome.
On occasion, gabapentin may be used to treat diabetic nerve damage, which can cause pain along with numbness and tingling in the feet.
Is Gabapentin A Controlled Substance?
Gabapentin is not currently classified as a controlled substance at the Federal level, but some states are classifying it as a Schedule V Controlled substance due to its potential for abuse. When misused, gabapentin can create feelings of euphoria and have a sedative effect, which may lead some people to take larger doses than prescribed by a doctor, or take the medication to get high, rather than for an intended medical use.
Is Gabapentin A Depressant or Narcotic?
Gabapentin may be used to treat nerve pain, but it is not a narcotic drug. People typically reserve the term “narcotic” to refer to opioid pain relievers like Vicodin.
Gabapentin does have a depressant effect on the central nervous system, as it can lead to sedation. As such, some of the side effects of gabapentin include drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, tiredness, and blurred vision.