Later in the day I got an email from a Dr. that goes the natural route and in the email he mentioned the drug Dilantin
He "goes the natural route" yet recommends Dilantin? What is natural about Dilantin?
Have you heard anything about Dilantin?
It is one of the oldest anti seizure meds which has been in use since before WW2, well before the BZDs became available.
what is the difference in Dilantin and gabapentin?
Dilantin (phenytoin) slows cell firing by inhibiting the influx of positively charged sodium ions, gabapentin does the same thing by inhibiting the influx of calcium ions (among other things).
Dilantin has a far worse ongoing side-effects profile, causing neurological problems, including atrophy of the cerebellum in the brain with prolonged use which affects motor control, may predispose to megaloblastic anemia so it is important to maintain folic acid levels, can cause a number of skin conditions and may trigger autoimmune disorders such as lupus and Stevens–Johnson syndrome
I also suggest you give it a miss if you have presidential ambitions. Nixon was supposedly
taking it illicitly and look what happened to him!
His supplier was Jack Dreyfus
who wrote the book your 'natural route' doctor mentioned.
my lovely MD Dr that doesn't like klonopin doesn't like Gabapentin either. I told her that the pdr said that it was safe .she said it wasn't that it worked on the same receptor in the brain as alcohol and you can over dose on it.
She is apparently clueless. I suggest you find a new PCP. Seriously!