Gabapentin Abuse

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Nurses Edition Commentary

Lisa Chavez, RN and Kathy Garvin, RN
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brendanC -

I routinely START gabapentin for those people who are seeking narcotics or bentos. I have also found it helpful for people in mild / moderate alcohol as well and think it has much less potential of abuse than any of the above. I am blown away at this EMRAP and feel we need to have more options in this epidemic of abuse rather than have something from our tool kit removed.

brendanC -

benzo (not bentos or mentos :) )

SHIH-CHIN C. -

This is a nontoxic drug? Why is it regulated? Why is it prescription only?
It makes my patient feel good? Sure, i'll refill it now!
What does abuse mean? It means it is not being taken as in the FDA approved study? Although it is nontoxic anyways?
This sounds like a great drug to prescribe. I agree with brendanC! What a great drug to give out freely!

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