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Eur Addict Res. 2014;20(3):115-8. doi: 10.1159/000355268. Epub 2013 Oct 31.

Gabapentinoid abuse in order to potentiate the effect of methadone: a survey among substance misusers.

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University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS:

There is emerging evidence of gabapentin and pregabalin (gabapentinoid) abuse, particularly in the substance misuse population, and some suggestion of gabapentinoids being abused alongside methadone.

METHODS:

A questionnaire-based survey was carried out in six substance misuse clinics, looking for evidence of gabapentinoid abuse.

RESULTS:

22% (29/129) of respondents admitted to abusing gabapentinoids, and of these, 38% (11/29) abused gabapentinoids in order to potentiate the 'high' they obtained from methadone.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gabapentinoid abuse along with methadone has not previously been described. These findings are of relevance to clinicians working within both substance misuse services and chronic pain services.

PMID:
24192603
DOI:
10.1159/000355268
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