The doc prescribed Gabapentin for my shin pain.
Gabapentin and booze are a problem.
Some people say no real problem.
Some are saying they've had blackouts.
Some are saying they've become violently ill from drinking.
With my legal issue, I don't want to be taking something that will lead to becoming blackout drunk. I don't drink to that level when I drink because I have before. I don't like the [DISCONTINUITY] aspect of getting that drunk.
But I don't drink to get drunk, I like the flavors and nuances of good beer and liquor. I like the intermingling of flavors from cocktails.
I do enjoy a mild buzz.
In short, I am not ready to completely stop drinking.
A problem with drugs like Gabapentin is they're not take as you need. They're a build up a level in your bloodstream and maintain it type drugs that also have severe effects if you stop taking them. So you can't just skip a few doses to have a night out. You'd have to wean off, have your night out, then build back up.
That takes weeks.
I am also very concerned about the warning, "Gabapentin may cause vision changes, clumsiness, unsteadiness, dizziness, drowsiness, sleepiness, or trouble with thinking. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert, well-coordinated, or able to think or see well. If these side effects are especially bothersome, check with your doctor."
I am definitely not ready to stop being a shooter or a driver.
Frankly there's been just a few too many changes in my life lately to assimilate so quickly.