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

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@babyur4me

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

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My husband has tried Good rx which has been advertised on tv. At some pharmacies some medications are free .. or at least less than insurance copay… and others the same medications are a higher price. I think Good rx has an app. Always good to shop around. If not a good deal that way talk to the company.

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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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@summertime4
The justification to reclassify Neurontin is thanks to the drug addicts and people who want to misuse it and intensify the effects of some other medications. There has been in increase in deaths in people abusing Neurontin. It’s to bad they cause such grief for those who legitimately take it as it’s prescribed.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@summertime4
The justification to reclassify Neurontin is thanks to the drug addicts and people who want to misuse it and intensify the effects of some other medications. There has been in increase in deaths in people abusing Neurontin. It’s to bad they cause such grief for those who legitimately take it as it’s prescribed.
Jake

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Ageeed.

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@johnbishop

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:

> Groups > Neuropathy > Living with Neuropathy – Welcome to the group
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/living-with-neuropathy-welcome-to-the-group/

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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Yes. You are correct. My apologies for misstating. I can still get Gabapentin, it is just much more difficult. Please move my initial post to Neuropathy, let the people know I over-reacted and it is still available. And this is just for VA and few other states. @cognac

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@somisgirl

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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I wanted you to know that Lyrica/pregablin is generic now. So if you tolerate It better I thought you might like to know.
I know how it is on a tight budget. I'm allergic to both medications & can not tolerate neither one of them, but my husband swears by it. He takes the generic now. Also you can call the manufacturer's of the medication & they send you forms to pay for it for you if you make less than certain incomes & not just for super low incomes. Hope this info helps.

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@msstoppainnagginme

I wanted you to know that Lyrica/pregablin is generic now. So if you tolerate It better I thought you might like to know.
I know how it is on a tight budget. I'm allergic to both medications & can not tolerate neither one of them, but my husband swears by it. He takes the generic now. Also you can call the manufacturer's of the medication & they send you forms to pay for it for you if you make less than certain incomes & not just for super low incomes. Hope this info helps.

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@msstoppainnagginme Glad to see your response as I use to be on Lyrica and now when I ask Dr for it had to jump through hoops with the medical provider to get it . I finally got a letter saying I could but this is so rediculus for us who need it . What is the FDA or whoever it is doing this to legit people When drugs came into our country I said this was going to be the ruination of our medical community and it is as people know how to go from Dr to Dr for pain perscriptions and there seems to be know accountability there . Sad

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For anyone also having respiratory issues along with their neuropathy….

FDA warns about serious breathing problems with seizure and nerve pain medicines gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) and pregabalin (Lyrica, Lyrica CR) — When used with CNS depressants or in patients with lung problems (12-19-2019)
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-warns-about-serious-breathing-problems-seizure-and-nerve-pain-medicines-gabapentin-neurontin

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@fourof5zs

My husband has tried Good rx which has been advertised on tv. At some pharmacies some medications are free .. or at least less than insurance copay… and others the same medications are a higher price. I think Good rx has an app. Always good to shop around. If not a good deal that way talk to the company.

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@fourof5zs
One reason medications are cheaper is the particular manufacturer they use and they often change manufacturers to who’s ever the cheapest. Some people with Epilepsy don’t have the option of switching.
My pharmacy switched manufacturers on my seizure meds and I had a seizure. I still believe Brand name drugs work better. That’s probably not true in all situations but it is for some medical conditions and some medications. Some manufacturers in China & India put in less than 50% of the active ingredient in addition to using inactive ingredients that cause bioavailability issues. All generics are not created equal.
Jake

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I live in Kentucky where it also became a controlled substance and have had no problem getting it (been taking it for 15 years). I don’t know what kind of doctor you see but a university pain management clinic or respected pain management doctor should give it to you without a problem. Nothing changed about my ability to get it when it transferred to a controlled substance. If your doctor won’t give it to you they are practicing poor medicine and uninformed. Sad. I’m sorry you have such a hassle.

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