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Unclassified Drugs & Medications: Dependence, Withdrawal, Alternatives

Some types of drugs and medications are so new that they do not yet have a drug class. Further, some drugs are prescribed without knowing the exact mechanism of action of the drug (how the drug works on the body and brain).
For drugs where the exact mechanism of action is unknown, the drug may be grouped into another drug class — like benzodiazepines — or the drug could remain unclassified. More information is provided below.
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What Are the Types of Unclassified Drugs & Medications?

Click on the type of sedative below to learn more. We provide general and clinical information on these drugs, as well as FAQs, resources, and clinical information on quitting sedatives, sedative withdrawal, and assistance on how to safely taper sedative drugs.

Unclassified Drug Type Medication FAQs

Drugs and medications in the “unclassified” drug class are often quite mobile, moving to a fitting class just as soon as the mechanism of action is clear, and its labeled uses cleared by the Food & Drug Administration. Below, we have some common questions on unclassified drug types.

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What are Examples of Unclassified Drugs?

Gabapentin/Neurontin is an example of an unclassified drug. Though it can be used to for pain and inflammation (Like an opioid/narcotic), can give sedative effects (like a sedative/hypnotic), can be used as an anxiolytic (like a benzodiazepine), and may be used in those with psychosis (like antipsychotics), the true mechanism of action of Gabapentin is not clearly understood. Therefore drugs like Gabapentin remain unclassified.
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