What is Gabapentin?

Gabapentin, better know by the brand name Neurontin, is an anti-convulsant prescription medication used to treat a variety of symptoms including seizures, nerve pain, and restless leg syndrome. When Gabapentin is taken more than the prescribed amount or mixed with other drugs such as alcohol, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, or Opioids it can produce euphoric side effects which can lead to abuse. Since Gabapentin is not a scheduled controlled substance and is used to treat such a wide variety of ailments it has become over prescribed adding to the potential for abuse.

Cut-Off Levels (ng/mL)

200 ng/mL (Urine)

Window of Detection

1 – 3 Days (Urine)

How is it Used?

Gabapentin comes in a tablet, capsule, and oral solution. Recently there has been increased popularity among recreational users and is often mixed with other drugs such as, alcohol, Xanax, or opioids to produce the desired euphoric effects.

What are the Effects?

Gabapentin is prescribed to treat a variety of different ailments from restless leg syndrome, to neuropathic nerve pain, and seizures. When taken in large doses and especially when mixed with other drugs, euphoric effects comparable to opioids have been reported leading to the recent rise in recreational use and abuse.

Common Symptoms

  • Double vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Unusual eye movement
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness 

Common Street Names

  • Johnny’s
  • Gabby’s
  • Gab

What does it Look Like?

Small oval tablets or oblong capsules varying in color.

Legal Status

Not a controlled substance. Currently available with prescription from a professional medical practitioner.

Testing Options

  • Integrated Urine Test Cup
  • Urine Test Dip Card

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