Have been on this for 6 months. It helps with the pain but I am so depressed I am feeling lost and helpless. Has anyone else had this problem. My Dr. said it would not cause depression and put me on prozac. I seem to be so messed up I am not myself. Help, anyone.
31 Mar 2010
What are you doing as far as work, exercise, marriage, boyfriend ect.
Are you still having pain??
There are so many things here that need to be looked at. Can you give some more info. If you can, answer the questions I asked above, if you want to... Good luck and I hope you start to feel better as depression is a terrible thing to live with, if you want to call it living... Dave
31 Mar 2010
I'm assuming the main symptom of your condition is nerve pain? I feel so bad when hearing stories like yours. Chronic pain causes depression, not the medication he put you on. He was right in that respect. Although my condition is not the same as yours, you deserve to live a pain free, happy life. Hang in there as you are NOT alone. People on this forum are very helpful and knowledgeable in many areas. You came to the right place. Is your doctor a specialist in this area? If not, request a referral to see one! Maybe investigate and find one on your own. Your quality of life is worth fighting for. If you can't get relief from your doctor, find a new one. Take a deep breath, relax, and surround yourself with the people and things you love.
Take it one day at a time and find that comfort in knowing that there is help for you! Emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of your life are all being affected by this condition. Type out the things that bother you the most, no one here judges you. Get your strength and courage up to fight the good fight! Feel free to add me as a friend if you wish. I will add you too. Believe me, I have bad days too. More than I dare to count! I hope you have a pain free, happy day very soon and good luck to you... Christine
2 Apr 2010
It works great for the neuropathy. I got depressed also (have been on gabapentin for almost 3 years now) and my Dr put me on prozac and for the 2 days that I took it started hallucinating and having really marked mood swings that I did not notice(my nephews noticed it immediatly). No fun at all. My new pain Dr changed it to amitriptyline and I feel like me again instead of a fish looking out of a fish tank at my life (meaning that I had no control over my emotions and did not know it.). I dont mean to be funny it is just the best way I can think of to describe what I've been through. My depression is still there but now it is in the tank. What helps a great deal is to think that I am not the only one like this and that some people do understand precisely what I am going through. Being alone in an ocean trying to keep my head out of water is 'easier' with company than without. Maybe take another Dr for a test drive may help also... best wishes B
20 Apr 2010
I've been on both the Gabapentin and Prozac- and They Will be different for every person, but sometimes you'll notice a trend in the comments of others that help you to pinpoint exactly what you're experiencing.
On Gabapentin, my pain and tremors were lessened- or so I thought! But somehow it didn't seem to agree with my ticker (heart). At one point I was up to 3000mg a day- when I finally went off I had to admit that I should have trusted my gut instincts from the start as it was the main factor in my grandmal seizures. I was on several meds that depressed the central nervous system, but this one in particular made me kind of spaced out (from other's POV)
Prozac on the otherhand- makes me feel like I'm on speed going off or going on- but once my body adjusts to it, it works very well for me with depression. It is supposed to take 6 weeks to get up to theraputic dosage. (I personally can tell the difference right off to some degree)
Bear in mind your particular health situation and any other meds you may be on. This site is very good about alerting you to any potential interactions.
Talking/ or even writing on-line is a good first step to dealing with your depression. People don't grow out of depression in a vacum. So it's good that you have your grandson* Try to include just one new thing/person/ or pleasurable experience a week or something- set small goals and be SurE to compliment yourself for doing anything well.
If you think your increased depression may be partly caused by the Gabapentin, talk to your doctor about that. My belief is that WE can tell the best what is working well and what isn't even if we can't put it into words well.
I wish you all God's best!
28 Apr 2010
First of all, gabapentin has nothing to do with helping depression. It is an antiseizure med and also has been prescribed as a mood stabilizer, which works pretty well for me. I get it from my neuro for neuropathy pain, brought on by fibromyalgia. I take a high dosage, it's 600mgs three times a day. At first, i had some dizziness and drowsiness but that quickly went away. Now i have no side effects at all, and the nerve pain is treated very well. in fact, if i don't get the refill in time i can tell a big difference in how i feel physically if i miss my dose.
i wish you luck in finding the right med and dose for your situation.
7 May 2010
I've taken 800mg of neurontin(gabapentin) before, and yes it does work well for nerve pain. However, continued use had mild delusional properties and occasional depression. My grandfather was taking 600mg neurontin all of last year and he also had these two side effects. A very good friend of mine had these two side effects too, and he was on 1200mg. Kinda funny because a friend of mine who is a physician told me that "neurontin is as safe as water". I think it works for short-term use only. Neurontin is a great example of how initial excitement about a medication can be misleading.
There are multiple open trials (no placebo group) that showed very positive results. There are clearly many patients for whom Neurontin, at first, is a great thing: it seems to act like an antidepressant and an antianxiety medication at the same time. But after a while, for almost all patients I've known or talked to, those benefits vanish. After the first year of using the medication I've heard that people simply do not do well on it anymore.
26 May 2010
If he said it would not cause depression then why the hell did he put you on a depression pill? i just dont understand doctors sometimes i do know they lie alot though. I never found gabapentin to be beneficial at all for me if it is causing problems try swithing to an actual pain medication like darvocet or norco,vicodin etc... You shouldnt be feeling this way off a non-narcotic pain reliever.
26 May 2010
hi,sorry you are feeling so bad.i am new to the group too. and believe me i have been there to.and i will again. i am bi-polar or so they say. i will be 60 in june and my first bout with it i was 34 and did'nt know what hit me. i have the very very lows. no highs ever. anywhy i quit talking and would'nt leave the house. and would'nt answer the door to family or friends . i had two young son's and we would hide in the closet till they left. finally i ended up in the hospital. i knew i could'nt do this to the boy's i was sick they were't. this illness runs in my dad's side of the family.
they finally got something that would work for me. plus the groups i went to. i was'nt alone. it helps it really does.
anyway my boys grew up and my dad died. so mom came to live with us. she shared our home for 10 years. she had c.o.p.d. and heart problems.
i had cancer of the thyroid and then the cervix, got that taken care of and had to be put on oxygen also for c.o.p.d. my husband was very sick with his liver. i got up early one morning and went to get her up for coffee and she was gone. lost my best friend. and i thought i could'nt cope and the depression was alfull, but you know you got to dig your way out of it, you got to. life when on five years later i lost my husband of 30 years. i walked out on a frozen or partly frozen lake. at that time i did'nt care. i just did not care. they pulled me off the lake and i was hospitalized my last time. they put me on cycbalta and lithium. the dr. i had ,had just lost his wife. we talked alot. i still get very depressed,i have sugar and narolepsy. and i use a c-pap machine when i can sleep.my right leg ,hip and back can't be operated on because of my health. i was on morphine for the pain and it cause me to have eye problems. so now i'm on fentanya and nerothan. that's misspell sorry? o'well i still am in pain. but you got to keep going. you get on this group and you talk to anybody that will listen. and get ahold of your mental health and see if they have any ladies groups you can go to. like you i have a grandchild to take care of. he is 9 years old with depression and he thinks he lives with me. he is doing real good. my son got me a little shih su, he knew i would have to get out and walk her. so sleet, snow, blinding wind and pouring rain we make our rounds. please hang in there it will get better. sharon
27 Aug 2010
I have been on gabapatin for years now. I was prescribed it by a neurologist. got better due to it and now my primary care Dr. prescribes it. I had nerve problems when they did not give anything to relieve the symptoms. That was a pain filled time. Gabapatin has reduced the pain. I have nuerapathy in both legs and 1 arm. Sometimes you have to do some research on your meds. I read where gabapatin could cause depression. But I could hardly move with out it. So you may have to deal with the side affect of depression. I take wellbrutin and took zoloft for years. They worked for me. Just hang in there and be determined to challenge yourself to deal with your individual problems. And remember doctors can be wrong.
23 Apr 2011
Gabapentin may cause depression and also suicidal ideation (thoughts) so you must discuss this with your Dr or another Dr if you are not finding the one you are seeing understanding.
When a Dr dismisses your concerns as yours seems to have done it can make you feel its " your fault" you are feeling this way.
There are many other drugs for Neuropathic pain that you could try if you feel the depression may be caused by or increased by Gabapentin.
It is all trial and error and everyone responds differently to different drugs.
I am sure you will find the right combination for yourself if you keep asking and trust what YOU FEEL, you deserve to be treated as a individual and to ask for help to get the best quality of life you can.
Wishing you all the best.
Ps I am on Gabapentin for neuropathic pain following shingles of my left arm and off my own bat am going to try and reduce the Gabapentin from 3,600 mgs a day as I also have found I am more emotional and have severe "brain fog" forgetfulness which my family noticed more than I did.
If I cannot cope with the pain I will ask to try another drug or drug combination.
14 Apr 2012
Gabapentin has a side effect, unfortunately, one of the common one is "feeling depressed"; but what I would like for you to do is contact your Doctor to see if you can get a "Medically Necessary" and try Neurontin (brand name).
Because generic drugs have a formula differences which their compounds can range greatly than that of the original brand name formula.
I was on Gabapentin but had to revert to Neurontin and *BOOM* it made a tremendous impact and have been on the brand name since. Our bodies sometimes just do not tolerate the chemistry formula of a generic so that does not mean the medication is a failure. Don't give up; give it another try to see if it makes a difference.
Of note, it will take awhile for the old Gabapentin to get out of your system and the new medication; Neurontin to kick in as Doctors calls it "honeymoon" so to speak it would be like what Yogi Berra is famous for his quote "It's deja vu all over again". This is what you will experience, which is only temporary. A good idea would be like grabbing something like CVS Liquid Nutrition, Ensure, or Boost (to give you an idea) because taking that with the medication helps tremendously during the change over and actually makes things smoother. In some cases from some individuals which had same similar issues; actually had a faster, smoother, and no problems at all change over when they took it with the liquid nutrition. Only one had trouble with it in the mornings, and opt to buy any one of those things that were on sale and with a coupon for breakfast for it was not so much as a problem taking it at dinner time.
I take this for Epilepsy and other Neurological mitochondrial medical conditions; not only that I am also an Advocate as well for decades. I hope this information helps.
If Neurontin does not "cut it" there are other tirades of medications out there available so don't panic, every one of us are unique like a snowflake; our bodies - the chemistry and hematology are differing, so what works for one does not necessarily mean it will work for you.
Keep an open-line communication with your Physician; for that is very important and the key point for your own well being!
Take care and keep us posted!
21 Apr 2013
Hey there I have that lovely neuropathy in my legs big time I take 300 lyrica 2xs a day it does work at nite before i take nortriptyline and I can sleep ok, When the sun goes down the pain is the worst, ful moons and no moon is the most intense time. I use meditation when I can concentrate it s hard when the pain is real bd say 8-9 in a 10 scale. After so long I ignore any pain from 5 on down. I am type 2 diabetes and my sugar runs maybe 220 average its had to get my sugar down which is thw key for neuropathy. Ditch the prozac if you can that stuff is scary. Good luck!
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