the enamel on my teeth started to peel off after taking this med for a few years. My teeth seem to be decaying from the inside out.
18 Jun 2011
I have been using gabapentin for over a year now and have found a significant deterioration in the health of my teeth. During a routing check up last week my dentist took x-rays which revealed decay and gum disease inside the tooth, and I too am now waiting for an appointment for extractions! She did say that I was not the only person taking these tablets to experience oral health problems but couldn't (or wouldn't?) be more specific. My pain nurse however, has been much more explicit in warning about problems with teeth. Pain or dentures? Its a tough call.
30 Aug 2011
Yes, and never identified Gabapentin as the source. I have been on high doses of the drugs for over two years. I had no problems with my teeth until Dec 2010, and by Feb. 2011 the entire right side of my mouth, upper and lower teeth, have begun to fall out and crumble from decay. It has happened so rapidly and has been devastating.
5 Sep 2010
It is probably a combination of all of your medications as I too found out that my teeth are in horrible condition and my dentist who has treated me even before I was diagnosed with RSD and on pain meds and others never told me until this year when I had to have 2 of my upper back ones on both sides removed and have cavities worse than ever that dry mouth is a serious symptom for all the meds I take and that most meds cause this and now has me using OTC Biotene which comes in a mouth spray, mouth wash, and even a gel. I use both the spray and the mouth wash which does help but not in the middle of the night through the AM when I get up.
I've realized I am going to have to begin taking care of my dental health as much as all my other problems or I won't have any teeth left in a few years.
He knew I've been on the medication for over 11yrs but never once mentioned that I needed to do things to remedy the dry mouth problems until 4mos ago. I like the Biotene products and you can get them at any grocery or drug store. I found they are cheaper at Wal Mart.
Best Wishes for your health and teeth,
5 Sep 2010
I haven't had this problem and wish you luck. This med has been so helpful to me in coping with trigeminal neuropathy. Some take Lyrica, and maybe that is a possibility for you. I too have heard of this rare side effect and I am not a doctor, just an informed patient. Hold on and be well.
4 Sep 2010
This side effect has not been reported for Gabapentin, it seems to one of the rare side effects, you must seek medical advice from the doc who prescribed the med, he/she would be more familiar with you medical history & could suggest a remedy or perhaps prescribe an alternate, take care, be well & safe!
18 Dec 2012
Ive been on gabapentin since 2003 and have taken between 1800 and 3200 mg's daily. Over the last three years my teeth have basically fallen apart. My enamel has worn away almost completely and have had to have several teeth pulled out. One dentist said my teeth just crumbled apart and she had never seen that before. I believe it has to be from the gabapentin as its the only med ive been on for that long.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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