User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Review by Gemprid (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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8.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Epilepsy: I take 1500mg daily, morning, noon mid afternoon, tea time and evening. They have kept my fits away .

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October 16, 2014 2:39 PM

Review by Dr44Mr45:

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4.0

Gralise (gabapentin) for : Dizziness and highly increased appetite

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September 27, 2014 11:02 PM

Review by babylegs (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I started taking gabapentin experimentally to treat chronic depression and am now prescribed 1800mg a day. At doses of 2700mg I experienced a significant improvement in impulse control and depression in general. Went from being a shut in, to going for walks and enjoying my time in the company of others. At the lower dose of 1800mg a day, I don't experience much improvement, save for a decrease in depressive symptoms. I'm looking forward to a larger dose if my doctor okays it.

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September 24, 2014 10:41 AM

Review by pags (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Peripheral Neuropathy: I have been taking gabapentin in significant doses (900mg/4xday). When it is time for me to take a dose my upper back and my arms will begin to tingle and become cold and my hands will begin to burn. If I wait my arms and back will become very cold and no amount of heat will help. Once I take my dose my symptoms will subside in 15 to 30 minutes. I take my gabapentin with a 5 mg tab of oxycodone which I take for a variety of serious pain and I think that the combination is much more effective for dealing with neuropathy. I have not found any studies that support my observation. I suffer no side effects from this medication.

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September 22, 2014 3:13 AM

Review by Rosie Posy (taken for less than 1 month):

For Anxiety: I took one pill and had more anxiety than normal, did not help pain and lay in bed awake all night. Took it again..... Same thing. More anxiety than normal and muscle spasms are horribly intense. I will be calling my doctor Monday. This medicine did the opposite of what it was supposed to. It is definitely not for me.

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September 21, 2014 12:49 AM

Review by Being Bipolar is not all bad (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I love gapapentin! I take 600 - 1200 mg a day and I am happy again. I was on other medicines plus Celexa for depression but still had horrible anxiety and crazy mood swings. I now take my gapapentin and 100 mg of Seroquel and I have no anxiety and I feel better overall. I am not really sleepy either.

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September 19, 2014 4:39 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Pain: I have a bulging disc (C4) which traps a nerve leading to severe pain in my right shoulder (at worst) and a near constant tingling and semi-numbness in my left lower arm and hand (at best). I've taken Gabapentin before and had been reluctant to try them again because of the drowsiness, fatigue and general weirdness I felt the last time, but the pain got the better of me and so I capitulated. I take 1200mg 3 times a day and so far the sharp shoulder pain has gone, however the tingling has not. Apart from having great difficulty coming to full wakefulness on a morning, I feel completely hyperactive and a little manic- not a bad thing as I'm getting a lot done!

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September 19, 2014 10:53 AM

Review by Inchicago (taken for less than 1 month):

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1.0

For Insomnia: I've had insomnia for 30 years. Starting taking Gabapentin. Well I'm up at 3:00 and I will never fall a sleep. It has made my Insomnia worse. Racing heart beat, skipping beats, Tongue is swelled up, Facial skin has a rash. Plus red itching eyes and stomach noisy and feels uncomfortable. I'm really so very disappointed. With these side effects so soon. I would be doing myself so much harm to continue this Medication. I'm glad it works for people you are saved from this awful plight of acute insomnia.

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September 19, 2014 4:17 AM

Review by nimuex (taken for less than 1 month):

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4.0

For Pain: Prescribed 360mg for intense pain in feet caused by mortons neuromas and inflammation of brain. Have taken only 100mg at night. Experiencing increasing eye pain. Resolved to stop taking and seek urgent referral to neuro opthalomagist

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September 18, 2014 5:29 PM

Review by Megstoo (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

For Peripheral Neuropathy: I was put on gabapentin right after back surgery on my L4 L5 S1 S2 lower lumbar spine. After 2 years from surgery I still remain on this medicine due to permanent nerve damage. This medicine managed to calm my nerves at night and get rid of the pain allowing me to fall asleep. I am on 200 mg a night but sometimes only need 100mg. It has been a lifesaver. I don't take this during the day due to the drowsiness side effect but it works wonderful. I do wake up extremely thirsty though.

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September 16, 2014 10:54 AM

Review by Anxiety Mood disorder Stan (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Anxiety: I have been on Neurontin since 1997 (2500 mg) for generalized anxiety. Just fear of doing anything. I think most reading this get it without me going into great detail. Buspar was not helpful. My psychiatrist was reluctant to use benzodiazepiness because of alcohol abuse issues. I am on mood stabilizing medicines, and antidepressants and had been for 7 years before my "life saving". It took me three months to believe the anxiety wouldn't return as a 24/365 nightmare. I didn't know how bad it was until it stopped.

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September 9, 2014 12:45 PM

Review by xxFr33d0m_________xx:

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7.0

For Anxiety: I have had to be patient for a while with this pill. I was prescribed at 14 for this medicine and sometimes I would still get anxiety attacks at around 15 it started to help including my weekly therapy appointments. Gabapentin used to sometimes make me jittery if I didn't eat before I took them. I also don't like going a day without them. They have helped now after 2 years of taking them and I'm used to them but the beginning side effects really kicked in for me. I don't think I will be able to stop taking them either. I don't know but for now I will continue going to therapy and taking them.

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September 7, 2014 7:06 PM

Review by Vannii:

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1.0

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: I was put on this this for Diabetic nerve pain. The starting dose was 300mg twice a day. On the starting dose, I found I was slightly moody, had some stomach problems and the nerve pain was just as bad as ever, if not continuing to get worse. My Dr raised the dose to 600 twice a day and I became someone I did not even know. I was extremely moody, angry, difficult to be around. HORRID! It also effected my stomach more. I would eat, even just a small amount and have stomach pain, vomiting and so on. It got so bad I simply stopped eating. I simply lost the desire to eat, despite feeling hungry. Started having trouble with vision and intense headaches as well. There has to be another option. I can't live like this.

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September 6, 2014 1:34 AM

Review by J sandmom49:

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10

For Peripheral Neuropathy: I have systemic lupus, and was put on gabapentin for continued pain several weeks ago, despite control of my disease I have not felt this good in 5 years. Can actually sleep through the night, and wake up in no pain! Thank you gabapentin, I now actually feel I have hope to get back to a normal life.

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September 2, 2014 12:29 AM

Review by TeeBRu (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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7.0

For Anxiety: I was hospitalized with severe depression and social anxiety, generalized anxiety and bipolar. Gabapentin introduced (300 3x day) with Zoloft and Vistaril (which I had to discontinue as I had severe symptoms) Helps alot...but I still have difficulty going in public..ever. Also, the teeth grinding is so intense that my teeth are VISIBLY shorter and shorn to the same length. I also have jaw pain related, sweating, and very blurred vision. Terrible CONSTANT dry mouth and throat. Right now, the positives outweigh the negative? But just barely. I'm not sure If I will continue this or not. The improvement in outlook is phenomenal, but I know its not real recovery and the side effects are just short of unbearable.

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August 31, 2014 12:02 AM

Review by preciselythis (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I have Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder, Lumbar Spinal issues, Sciatica pain, Anxiety Disorder, and Neurological pain. I have been on a low dose, and always complained it made me sleepy, and took 60MG of oxycodone a day. I now take 3400 MG of gabapentin per day, Lexapro, and Seroquel. Cannot stress enough of how awesome gabapentin is. It helps most of my health problems. It is a miracle pill that I ignored for a long time. I do feel a bit floaty and giggly. But, I am also able to live my life again!

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August 30, 2014 11:33 PM

Review by debs12:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: This medicine is a wonder drug. I suffer with fibro. Anyone who says it doesnt needs to be on 900 a day to start with. Finally pain free no anxiety, i still have to be aware not to roll down hills with my great nephew, it hurts.

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August 29, 2014 8:39 PM

Review by carolinajack:

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10

For Anxiety: I have taken Neurontin for 5 days now..400 mg 4 times a day. It is like a miracle medicine for me. I was drinking 18-24 beers a day..one 10 mg Valium, lots of coffee and smoking 1 1/2 - 2 Packs of cigarettes a day. Anxiety levels were High. I feel rested, calm, clear headed and No anxiety. It's been 20 years since I have felt this good. I drank a lot and took a lot of nerve pills. I went to rehab for 3 days. Doctor put me on Neurontin 1600 daily. I feel a little sluggish, but that is a lot better than the way I felt a week ago. I have No caffeine, cigarettes, valium or alcohol. I have saved a lot of money now. ($30) a day habit. I do wear a 21 mg patch though. Please give this Drug a try. Get the right dosage for you will help a lot.

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August 29, 2014 5:31 PM

Review by DocRhino (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: I was originally prescribed this medicine because of numbness I had in my feet. I was an alcoholic for about 10 years and had some nerve damage done to my feet. As part of quitting I sought help for the side effects of new sobriety. This medicine makes the pain from numbness go away almost completely. I can finally wear any type of shoes that I want. I also have an issue with anxiety as my body chemistry had been impacted highly from addiction. This medicine helps me keep a calm and cool head. I take other things such as Atarax and Trazodone but I notice a big difference if I don't take my Gabapentin. It makes my anxiety stay at a certain level and not escalate into anger and compulsiveness.

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August 27, 2014 9:29 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Pain: I have severe sciatica in my right leg and horrible back pain due to two herniated discs, and severe spinal stenosis from an injury. I've seen 3 doctors and have tried everything out there. Today my doctor prescribed 300mg gabapentin 3 times a day, 5 hours ago I took the first one and AMAZING! I can feel the pain going away!

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August 21, 2014 1:51 PM

Review by davey1997:

For Anxiety: I'm on gabapentin for a couple of weeks now, I get prescribed 0.5 of risperidone, 30 mg of mirtazapine, and 15 mg a of diazepam/Vallium a day. I am diagnosed to autism and suffer from depression and anxiety, I took this and felt happy.

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August 21, 2014 5:31 AM

Review by harvey moon:

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9.0

For Hot Flashes: Have suffered intense hot flushes up to 20 times a day/night for the past 5 years am 49 years old and they were really affecting my life. I am unable to take HRT and was prescribed gabapentin by my GP gradually increasing the dose up to 400mg 3 x a day my hot flashes have reduced by 90% still having the odd one which is much milder than before so hardly notice it at all. This medicine to be honest has given me back my life I feel like a new woman. Sometimes I feel a bit lightheaded on these tablets but nothing to bad and now sleep like a baby. If you are considering giving these a try don't hesitate.

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August 19, 2014 5:28 AM

Review by manchild:

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8.0

For Restless Legs Syndrome: This is my first night on Gabapentin and I am laying in my bed with my laptop as comfortable as can be. I feel normal. The past year has been brutal and my restless legs syndrome got exponentially worse which led to higher anxiety issues and depression. I went through a few doctors and tried numerous medicines including Tramadol (which worked well for a little while). Apparently, this medicine starts working better as time goes by which is great for me.

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August 13, 2014 10:02 PM

Review by Lbc6333 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I was given Neurontin by my orthopedic surgeon for nerve pain in my back before having a hip replacement. It dawned on me after a week or so, I had no fibromyalgia pain. After going over what I had been doing differently, I figured out it was the Neurontin. I goggled it and found that the University if Cincinnati had tested it yielding positive results in treating fibromyalgia pain symptoms. My Dr has decided to continue the medicine as long as I am getting relief from the pain. I do have to say that the fibro fog is still a bit of an issue and I find my short term memory is a bit glitchy. But, hey that what iPhones are for, right? Being pain free is worth the trade off. My brain us slowly acclimating. It's great to live and not just cope.

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August 13, 2014 12:23 AM

Review by Claire B. (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Hot Flashes: I was given Gabapentin to try for hot flashes. It works at night more than I ever hoped for. Day time it helps quite a bit. Along with the hot flashes it stopped my anxiety and panic attacks. I can now sleep.

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August 7, 2014 5:57 PM

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