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What is Gabapentin?

Gabapentin is a prescription anticonvulsant medication commonly known by the brand name Neurontin. Gabapentin is found in a number of distinct forms, each of which may be used to treat various conditions. In a pill, capsule, and oral solution form, this medicine has been used to treat epilepsy and postherpetic neuralgia. The extended-release pills are sometimes used to treat restless legs syndrome. This medication is also used to treat pain associated with diabetic neuropathy and to stop hot flashes. By decreasing abnormal activity in the brain, this medication can prevent seizures and muscle spasms. Also, it may alter how the body reacts to pain signals.

Drug Abuse

Roughly 1 percent of the populace currently misuses gabapentin. Individuals initially prescribed gabapentin for valid uses constitute about 40-65 percent of people who abuse the drug, while those who abuse opioids constitute 15-22 percentage of gabapentin abusers.  There also have been reports of this drug being used as a ”cutting edge” representative for heroin, meaning gabapentin is mixed with heroin and sold as a street drug. Unsupervised usage of Gabapentin can result in a fatal overdose in which case there is no known antidote.


A study released by the British Journal of General Practice states some men and women who misuse gabapentin report pleasurable effects of the drug, such as a ”high” similar to that attained by bud, euphoria, enhanced sociability and feelings of calmness. These effects have led to a rise in the misuse of gabapentin. Prescriptions written for gabapentin have risen in number in recent years at a speed that may not be fully explained by the number of people requiring treatment for neuropathic pain — the requirement for which gabapentin is most frequently employed. Because gabapentin isn’t a controlled substance, it’s fairly easy for people who misuse the drug to get it.

Use Among Those Facing Addiction

A number of the people who abuse gabapentin appear to use the medication to replace or supplement other drugs of abuse. According to the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre, many cases are reported of individuals that are addicted to alcohol or cocaine using gabapentin to prevent withdrawal if their preferred substance of abuse wasn’t available. Additional evidence supports the argument that gabapentin is mainly a drug of abuse among those addicted to opioids. A study published by Psychiatric Quarterly reports that 26 percent of people with an opioid use disorder had abused gabapentin, a much greater percentage than those with other drug use disorders.

Gabapentin does share attributes with some drugs of abuse; for instance, one may suffer withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.  Also, the nature of the drug delivers certain psychoactive effects. The majority of individuals that are prescribed gabapentin under the supervision of medical professionals do not go on to abuse the medication.

Can I Purchase a Single Use Drug Test for Gabapentin?

Ovus Medical offers Drug Tests in Bulk, or for single use. If you are concerned about how someone will fare on a Drug Test, or simply wish to test yourself, it’s a fairly easy process taking only a few minutes.  Our Single Use Urine Drug Test, however, does not normally detect for Gabapentin use.  Instead, we provide Gabapentin Test Strips.

The test results within the Drug Test will show results within a few minutes.  Results should be evaluated within 5-8 minutes. Results should not be evaluated after 10 minutes.

The Multi Panel Drug Testing Kits are designed to detect 12 of the most abused and commonly used drugs. However, depending on your needs, you can purchase other kits that test for different drugs.  For instance, the 13 Panel Drug Testing Cup includes all the same drugs tested within a 12 Panel Drug Test with the addition of the drug Fentanyl (FYL).  There are also variants of the typical 12 Panel Drug Test that include drugs like phencyclidine, or PCP.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our product or wish to place an order, feel free to call us.