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    Gabapentin Miracle?

    My GP prescribed Gabapentin for nerve pain which is helping with that, however it has also curbed my alcohol cravings.

    Atypical day would be to consume one to two bottles per day. If I tried really hard, I could go without for 2 days climbing the walls the whole time.

    To date I am 17 days sober with virtually no desire to drink. It boggles my mind.

    Has anyone else here ever experienced this?
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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    My FIL was prescribed Gabapentin for his post-shingles nerve pain, and I noticed that it really seemed to help him curb his alcohol intake, which he needed to do to stay within the limits of his fluid restriction for his heart disease.
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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    Hi Mofit and great work on 17 days. Hope you stick around and introduce yourself on the active threads. If it works, stick to it. i was a 2 bottle a day drinker of wine also and could not go a day, 5 years sober now and loving life.
    AF free 1st December 2013 - 1st December 2019 - 6 years of living the way i should have always done

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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    Hi Moffit. Yes, there does seem to be evidence that Gabapentin can help. My PCP mentioned it to me in the past although I went the Baclofen route. I’m so glad to hear it’s helping you!

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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    Thanks for the replies! I will be taking this medication for a while due to my nerve pain, hopefully it's also the answer to kick the habit of daily boozing out the door!

    I will keep updating as I go along this new journey.

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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    That's great to hear, Moffit! May I ask what dosage you are on?

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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    Hi @_serenity_ Right now I take 200 mg twice a day and 100 mg before bed. I'm to increase to 300 mg 3X/day if needed to manage my pain. So far 500mg per day is working for both pain and cravings. I see my GP next week to discuss my results and ongoing dosage.
    The side effects in the beginning were a slight spaced out feeling, I was still able to go about my daily business no problem. That feeling has now left me and for the most part I just feel "normal" apart from a dry mouth which has also eased up but not completely.
    I'm so surprised at the lack of desire to drink and will be bringing this fact up with my Doctor as well.

    Being the curious soul that I am, I will eventually test the waters to see what happens if I do drink. Right now I'm just giving my liver a long deserved break. Oh, and this medication is processed through the kidneys not the liver which is probably a good thing for my poor abused one.

    * for personal reference* This article explains how Gabapentin works in the brain.

    Gabapentin for Alcoholism | Accepting New Patients.
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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    The theory is that alcoholism is caused by neurological anxiety. Gabapentin is an anxiolitic, ie., it lessens anxiety. That's also how baclofen works. So,yes, this is a new theory and is supported by good science and many people getting well using anxioliltics. A miracle? No, just good science.
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    In addiction, suppression of symptoms should suppress the disease altogether since addiction is, as he observed, a "symptom-driven disease". Of all "anticraving medications used in animals, only one - baclofen - has the unique property of suppressing the motivation to consume cocaine, heroin, alcohol, nicotine and d-amphetamine"

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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    Some people respond really well to meds. Abilify injections gave me back my ability to moderate. The drug literature does not support that claim but I know my life and I know what happened. For other people it is Baclofen/naltrexone/ topmirate.....for some people no drugs work. Good luck with your pill. I hope your happy run lasts

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    Re: Gabapentin Miracle?

    Hi @Otter I know it's all based on good science. I was being a bit cheeky, as these medications that help us should be more readily available.

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