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how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off label?

There was an article about ADHD may be linked with the GABA issue which is why there are advocates out there for using Gabapentin. My psychiatrists are behind the times or stuck in their "era" (the SSRI prescribing era). They are all about in their 60's. Only the well marketed drugs for ADHD are given much attention ala Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse. Even Dexedrine has to be ordered by pharmacies around here unlike the latter 3 drugs which are usually in stock on the day you give your prescription to the pharmacy, which may indicate that they are being prescribed more frequently.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

Simple answer- you cant. Anytime you need to 'convince' a doctor, its time to move on because your not 'convinced' they are capable to do their job. Ultimately its your health on the line, not their.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

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Not a fan either? I had the worst side effects when I took it years ago for nerve pain.
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Not a fan either? I had the worst side effects when I took it years ago for nerve pain.
VA gave it to my dad and then abruptly stopped it. It was a nightmare. Horrible stuff.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

I tried it for awhile. Didn't help me but everyone is different.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

I believe I have ADHD. Currently within the diagnosis process; have a mental health eval scheduled, have had bloodwork done and know of a possible low thyroid problem. I have been prescribed gabapentin, and it's early in my use but so far I feel no detrimental effects. At worst it is doing nothing; I have been noticeably more engaged with the world and my own feelings. I have had more focus on a number of aspects of my "healing", but like I said that might be because I am trying my best to have that focus. I will keep everyone posted on my experience with gabapentin, but so far it isn't the monster I am reading that it was for some.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

I am on Gabapentin for "nerve pain' and I don't think it does a damned thing beyond sugar pill. It's just the Pain Management doctors like to see me on it while I'm also on narcotic pain killers, so I just take it to make them happy. But I don't think it does anything.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

I should also say that I have noticed it affecting me, just not strongly yet and not in a negative way.

Forgive me but you should be adding the clarifier "for me" at the end of some of your sentences.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

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Not that I would advocate for this but.....
you could see your GP for the shingles you had last year which are now giving you nerve pain.... and doc, I heard something called Neurontin is good for that.
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Re: how does one convince a clueless psychiatrist about prescribing Gabapentin off la

Gabapentin is used off label for anxiety, not ADHD. Or at least it normally isn't.

Gabapentin is going controlled in the US and for good reason. Really f's a lot of people up, bad. I tried it for pain I had a couple of years ago before TOS surgery and it made me feel like I was drunk. But a lot of people take it just fine, so everyone is different. It slows you down so I don't see how it would be a good treatment for ADHD.
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