Desired Effects:Euphoria, improved sociability, calmness, relaxation and a cannabis-like high. However, some users have reported the effects of snorting gabapentin can be similar to taking a stimulant. The euphoric effects of pregabalin disappear with prolonged use.
Side Effects:Vomiting and feelings of wanting to vomit, flatulence, constipation or diarrhoea, poor muscle control, and visual disturbances. Some users report the following less common effects: swollen hands and feet, headaches, abnormal thoughts, suicidal thoughts, shortness of breath, chest pain, mouth sores, chills, nausea, coughing, tremor, and other cold symptoms.
Long term risks:Insomnia, weight gain. Dependence - stopping abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, nausea, headache or diarrhoea. Pregabalin may also cause hallucinations, heart problems (including heart failure), depression, agitation and panic attacks. Fatalities have been attributed or implicated to the use of these drugs.
Short term risks:Drowsiness, unsteadiness & loss of coordination, clumsiness, and vision disturbances. Pregabalin or Gabapentin abuse may be a risk factor for overdose particularly if used in combination with alcohol, opiates and other central nervous system depressant drugs. Gabapentin is fatal in overdose and there is no antidote.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.