my mom takes gabapentin twice a day for pain due to shingles. i have notice scince the past 6 months or so that her short term memory is consistantly getting worse. could this be due to gabapentin ? i think she has been taking it for about 12 months
24 May 2012
Dear gram gram, I'm glad to come across with your question because it made me aware somehow as my mom also takes gabapentin due to post herpetic neuralgia (phn) which is the usual long term effect of post shingles. She has been taking this medication for about 6 months now. And so far I have not noticed her having any sign of memory loss. But this has aroused my concern because long term use may lead my mom to memory loss. Recently though, I have her taper the frequency of taking such medication as the major piercing nerve pain that bothered her for about 5 months is gone after taking Moringa oleifera. You may try giving your mom this amazing supplement it might help her with her phn and other health issues if any. Thanks.
9 Feb 2015
I, too, take Gabapentin - not only did I have short term memory problems,
but I stumbled around walking like someone is drunk and had many
falls. I was on 600 mg a day, so I tapered off to 300 mg. My memory is a bit
better - but I have an autimmune disease called: Prurigo Nodularis and
need something to stop the insane itching and many sores all over my body.
Tell the doctor what you mother is going through and perhaps he'll have the
sense to try and put her on something less dangerous to her living.
God bless you both and Good Luck.
15 Apr 2012
I used to take Lyrica, which is like a sisterdrug to gabepentin, & was having horrible short term memory problems to the point I went to see a neurologist. I am no longer on Lyrica, & the short term memory problems have ceased. Hopefully this will be the case for your Mother. Once the shingles are gone, & she can get off the gabepentin, she should be ok... Mary
29 Oct 2013
My father was perfectly healthy with no family history of alzheimers. He developed restless leg syndrome and was given neurontin. Within weeks his short term memory started to go. The sad thing is he knew it and said he thought it might be the meds but the doc told him he was overreacting to normal slowing from the med. He continued to get worse. He quit the meds but continued a fast decline while on it and now 10 yrs later has very late stage alzheimers. We can't prove it was the meds, but we did have another neuro doc question why he was prescribed the neurontin. Many people have similar stories after being on neurontin. Some in their 20-30's too! I would say to anyone to never risk taking it. A doc just tried to prescribe it to me today for herniated disc pain and looked surprised when I turned it down and said why. These docs are not researching these side effects. My dad was 60 and really sharp. No strokes, no heart issues and no brain injuries.
These companies know this is a possible serious side effect but they and docs downplay it. To you docs who prescribe this, thanks for ruining people like my father's life.
27 Aug 2015
I'm one day shy of being 47. I broke my leg on 1/11/14. Because I'd left my job to care for my grandmother (Alzheimer's) I had no insurance a year later when I tell. I broke my leg quite severely, bit bottom line is that I too was prescribed Gabapentin, a.k.a. Nuerontin (please forgive my spelling). I was prescribed 1800 mlgrms per day, and started losing my short term memory quickly after. There are !literally 3 months I couldn't remember until a few hours ago when I looked at all the pictures of my leg, that I ultimately lost. I personally think Gabapentin is evil. I stopped taking it (slowly weaning myself) around April. I still have days when I can't remember the day before, or watching a movie the night before... I'm educated went from Medical Sociology to IT, and now I have to make lists and put post it notes everywhere. I think big pharma has some questions to answer.
So far in all my research (over a year) the best answer I've heard is we don't know if this is permanent, or if it will clear up on its own." This is not acceptable, and I would encourage anyone taking it to stop! When they can't tell you what the drug is doing to your mind, that should be a huge red flag.
9 Feb 2015
I recently started Gabapentin/Nerount.
My ability to focus has severely diminished. My short term memory has been dramatically reduced. It give new meaning to "one day at a time" since I can't remember yesterday.
Will this go away over time?
Please don't say ask my local physician. He's incompetent and dangerous. He has no idea regarding medication interactions or Ned side affects. He did however Google an article duri my visit.
What are your experiences with this medication?
30 Apr 2015
I was taking Gabapentin about a year ago for siatica and stopped after an operation on my back (discectomy L4/L5) unfortunately the pain has returned due to a bulging disk (L3/L4) so I'm back on 300mg 3 times a day with several other tablets. I was in so much pain before my operation that everything was a blur, this time round I'm not quite as bad but I've realised how bad my short term memory is and I really don't like it.
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