Alere is now Abbott



Gabapentin is used to treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain. It is structurally related to the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The drug is not metabolised and is excreted mainly through the kidney.  A prescription only medicine, gabapentin is manufactured as either white, yellow or orange capsules and as tablets. The drug for illicit use is mainly diverted from the pharmaceutical industry.

A survey in 2014 highlighted the significant use of prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin, mainly among Britain’s opiate-using and prison populations.



Swallowed as capsules or tablets.

  • Relaxation
  • Calmness
  • Euphoria
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Flatulence
  • Sleeping problems
  • May enhance the effect of other drugs and increase the risks of them
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Feelings of depression, hostility and anxiety


Molecular structure of Gabapentin

Street Names

Quell, gabbies

Legal Status

Not controlled. Gabapentin is a prescription only medicine.