27 Jun 2012
I have been on this med for 10 years it takes about 5-7 days for the med to get into your system to help you. It will only help your nerve pain that is all it will do it will not work on any other pain.
This drug was not intentened for this use it came out as a drug for spastic reaction but it did not work for it's intended use it turned out to be a excellent pain reliver for nerve damage.
27 Jun 2012
Neurontin can make pain go away. I have RSD- I had nerve blocks-stellate ganglion- Several of the fingers on my right hand were black and flopped around. I was ready to commit suicide when my doctors sent me to a good pain clinic. I couldn't sleep for more than a few hours, etc. I'm saying this to show that I had visible physical results from the RSD. Pure Codiene, etc didn't give any relief. My body was able to regenerate after the nerve blocks. I had an accident, and the RSD flared up with pain and loss of fine motor control. I was immediately sent to the VA pain clinic, where they put me on Neutrontin to reduce pain until they had an opening for a nerve block. The pain was reduced by 2 weeks-the pain was gone in about 4-after I saw the pain doctors-we reduced the dosage, and I stopped taking it. A few years later, i had another accident.
Same thing-only I wasn't scheduled for a nerve block-the VA had me use the neurontin - after several pain free weeks- I slowly reduced the neurontin until I was off of it. About a 4 month process each time. There was another incident and the primary care doctor took care of it herself. Yes, it's for nerve damage-many types of nerve damage-but it can make pain go away- It's been over 10 years since I needed to take any Neurontin. Whenever I get a new doctor-that is the first thing I talk about. For me, I know that I've reached the right amount when the tips of my fingers and toes start feeling numb-I stay that way for about a week-then start reducing the dosage. Good luck- but when the pain goes away-and you stop taking the medication and the pain stays gone-it makes the pain go away. Like one of the accidents, A young man came running around a building and slammed into my chest, and knocked me down. That night I was in agony.
2 Jul 2012
Hopefully for you, by now the neurontin is working. That being said, it doesn't work for everybody. some people love it, and some people hate it. The side effects can be debilitating, so if the medication is not working for you, I suggest that you contact your doctor, and let them know. I happen to have loved neurontin, EXCEPT that I gained 80 lbs of fluid without realizing that I wasn't over eating as my doctors kept telling me!! I wish that I could continue taking the med at the dose that I was taking it, but I can only take 300mg once a day now at night to help me get out of bed in the AM.
There are plenty of other pain meds in the same category as neurontin, and you do have other options. So DON'T keep taking a med that is not working. Contact your doctor, and try another.
Best of luck to you, and I hope that you find your answers!!
10 Jul 2012
I just started taking Neurotin a week ago, I worry about the weight gain because I gained 30 lbs with the Lyrica. I'm hoping with the Neurotin doesn't have that affect. I'm desparate in losing weight, not to mention to control this pain of fibromyalgia... it is very painful.
I hope Neurotin helps with the pain.
22 Oct 2014
It takes about a week for gabapentin to start reducing nerve pain, and two weeks for it to take full effect.
Source: Gabapentin for the Symptomatic Treatment of Painful Neuropathy in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus A Randomized Controlled Trial, Backonja et al. (1998).
- Neurontin Information for Consumers
- Neurontin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Neurontin (detailed)
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