Gabapentin a controlled substance in Virginia. What do I do?

Posted by cognac @cognac, Jul 29, 2019

Gabapentin is now a controlled substance in the State of Virginia. Does anyone have any substitute remedies for leg, ankle and foot pain? Cognac6

What? Why? I am so sorry to hear that. Can they prescribe Lyrica?

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Hi @cognac — I think your question will be seen by a lot more members if it's in one of the main neuropathy discussions. I'm tagging our moderator @ethanmcconkey to see if we should move it to the following discussion:

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Have you discussed the change with your doctor to see how it impacts you?

When I read through Scheduling of Gabapentin The 2019 Virginia General Assembly …(https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/pharmacy/docs/Gabapentin06172019.pdf), it sounds like they are limiting the prescriptions and refills. It's not clear to me that the doctor can't write a new prescription. I would certainly want to clarify the law with my doctor or pharmacist. Maybe they can explain it layman's terms. I hate reading that gobbly goop from lawmakers.

Hopefully other members can clarify the new laws on gabapentin.

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@cognac I cant believe that this is one of the major meds for P.N. There are others ask your Dr. about them write to you congressman and find out why?

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I have very good results with Lyrica CR (controlled release) 100 mg. It's only once a day and has helped with the majority of pins/needles, and zaps. For me, it has worked better than regular Lyrica. Good luck.

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Gabapentin is the only drug that seems to help me, Lyrica is way out of my price range, even with insurance. I certainly hope they do not start restricting it's availability!!

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Why would Gapapentin be restricted? It is not a narcotic. I have never found it to make me "High" or whatever.

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@summertime4

Why would Gapapentin be restricted? It is not a narcotic. I have never found it to make me "High" or whatever.

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My thoughts exactly. There is no reason to put this in the same category as a narcotic.

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i understand that Gapapentin is a lower strength then Lyrica which is a controlled substance in MD. Lyrica is hard to stop taking.

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@babyur4me

i understand that Gapapentin is a lower strength then Lyrica which is a controlled substance in MD. Lyrica is hard to stop taking.

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@babyur4me What on earth is the FDA doing to us that rely on these meds. They aren't in the narcotic or opiod area . We need those meds to control are P,N, ,fibromyalgia Is the drug companies trying to kill us one way or the other ? Rediculus

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Lyrica is so high my co-pay is 80 the Ins. paid 687

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@babyur4me

Lyrica is so high my co-pay is 80 the Ins. paid 687

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I have had to go outside of my prescription plan when health insurance either refuses to cover or the cost is astronomical. Ask your neurologist and/or pharmacist to advise you on the proper channels to go through. There are websites and phone numbers to contact for assistance in high cost medicines. Typically direct to the manufacturer of the drug. I have also needed to use this strategy for migraine meds that insurance refused to cover.

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i found out that my meds cost less @ CVS because they are the plans preferred pharmacy. i also use RX Saver by Retailmenot and have gotten a huge discount

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