Gabapentin is prescribed off-label for several conditions including:
The risk of misuse is higher among those with an existing SUD — 15 to 22 percent. Overdose deaths have been reported when combined with other drugs.
Studies show an increase in overdose deaths in recent years linked to the rise in the number of overall prescriptions. Certain drugs like opioids taken together increase the danger of overdose.
Several states are currently considering legislation to help stop this misuse. Many have put special monitoring requirements in place for gabapentin.