Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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gabapentin for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Feet had severe pain, legs were jumping at night. Dr. put me on 300mg per evening per day. My feet and legs are much much better and able to sleep during the night. After 3 weeks, I feel like a new person, able to walk in Home Depot and Wal Mart without the motorized buggy. Also check your vitamin D level. This has been a miracle to me, I was not willing to give up a good life yet, now I feel I have my life back.
gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: After being diagnosed four years ago and several different meds I went to a rheumatologist and he put me on gabapentin. I started out with 300mg at night for one week. Over the course of 4 weeks it slowly increased to 600mg 3 times daily. The first 23 hours I notice a difference. By the time I reached 600 mg 3 times daily I felt like a totally different person with my pain level going from a 10 most days to anywhere from 1-5. Well, the last 2 weeks my pain level has went up to 10 and no lower then a 5. I hope when I go back to the doctor. He will adjust the dosage and get it working again. Being almost pain free was awesome!
gabapentin for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have been suffering from Restless legs syndrome for several years, sometimes very pronounced and frustrating.
I recently had major surgery and, for reasons unknown to me, the doctor's prescribed Gabapentin for me (3 x 300mg caps daily). Since taking them my RLS has totally disappeared.
That's right, totally. Nada, nunca, none.
I has been two weeks now and I can only pray that this continues.
gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: Have very recently started taking gabapentin after spending over half my life in chronic crippling pain. Years of stretching, chiropractors, physical therapy, heavy pain medications, cortisone injections, along with bi-lateral foot surgery, bi-lateral TMJ surgery, and reaching the point of wishing I was dead due to pain being unbearable a new GP from a small clinic was the first to say the word Fibromyalgia. Within a few days I noticed that I was able to return to daily activities again like laundry, cooking, and playing with my kids and the family pets. My mood and outlook on life has dramatically improved. Still occasional aches but nothing like before, and only occasional Lortab for extreme days. Gabapentin gave me back my life.
gabapentin for Migraine: Did not work at all for the chronic pain it was perscribed for, but while I was taking it I stopped having the frequent migraines I was having. The one time I wasn't able to take it all day and got a migraine, taking my nighttime dose got rid of my migraine. My migraines are resistant to ALL over the counter medications, so I was very happy to finally find something that works!
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
gabapentin for Anxiety: I have taken many medications for anxiety and depression. This works just like Klonopin for me right now. It takes the weight off your chest and removes my mental anxiety and even some of my physical side effects. I'm currently on 300mg a day and it's enough to calm me down and take the edge off. Great medication.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
gabapentin for Anxiety: I have recently started this medication. 300 mg twice a day. My doctor said she always prescribes it together with some type of antidepressant therefore I take it together with a very low doses of Prozac. That choice was due to my anxiety, which she said Prozac would be effective for that condition. Also, the Prozac should take a few weeks to notice the effect. The day I started the Neurontin, I could see an immediate change in my mood and my ability to asses a situation more clearly without being so overwhelmed. I am not diagnosed with bipolar so much as a general anxiety disorder. Also, I have frequent back and leg pains and I have not yet discovered if there is a significant difference in the amount of pain I experience.
gabapentin for Pain: Started this medicine four days ago. I have been living with back and leg pain keeping me awake most of the night. I also have psoriatic arthritis along with herniated disks and leg pain. I take 300mg at night and it worked from the first night!! Slept for the first time in years, not waking up with pain and remaining awake half the night.
I would recommend this medicine to friends and family!!! Thank God the Dr put me on this!!
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gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I have tried just about everything to manage my Fibromyalgia pain and taking Percocet 24/7 was the only thing keeping me functional. Doctor put me on Gabapentin in an effort to wean me off the Percocet. So far it's working and I'm taking much less of the Percocet. I have 400mg/3x day for typical days and she prescribed 600 mg for my bad days. However, the 600 mg makes me feel very spacey and unable to focus, slightly headachey. It does help with the pain though. The pain is not gone completely but I can function. Best I can hope for I guess.
Review by SoberAlive (taken for less than 1 month):
gabapentin for Anxiety: This is my first day on Gapapentin for anxiety, and I have experienced truly amazing results! I am free of anxiety and work, and excessive thinking has greatly diminished. I am thinking clearly, and there are no apparent side affects. I began to feel the calming effect with 20 minutes of so. I hope that I will continue to receive this therapeutic effect on such a low dose, and do not build up a tolerance.
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gabapentin for Pain: After taking the medicine the first day, The pain in both of my feet has almost disappeared. I have not felt this good since I use to dance back in the year 2000, I'm on my feet all day at my job and I can now move faster without the pain. Thanks for Gabapentin my life is more enjoyable and I look forward to take walks with my wife again
gabapentin for Postherpetic Neuralgia: For 3 years now I've been getting these electrifying, stabbing pains in my r-breast, very erratic. They come and go. Sometimes for months at a time. They are completely crippling. I cannot use my r-arm, hot showers will trigger it, certain movements with my r-arm, interferes with my sleep, rolling over in bed etc. UNBEARABLE.... When I first went to my primary about this I was sent for a mammogram & ultrasound which of course showed nothing. They chalked it up to hormonal changes and never investigated it any further. I might add I was 49 y/o when this started and now 52. I finally went to a neurologist (after doing my own research) and for the time being he is calling it PN. I've taken my first dose of Gabapentin. Praying this helps.
gabapentin for Anxiety: I was taking 300 mgs 3 x daily. The drunk, dizziness, overall sick feeling was just to much. Took for 3 weeks. The doc then lowered my dose to 100 2x a.m. and noon and 300 5 p.m. I was still getting that drunk feeling on it two weeks. Somewhat helped with anxiety but not like all the good reviews I'm reading. (I'm jealous) :) developed severe rash and went to the doc and blood pressure was 170/92. I have always had great blood pressure. Doc said stop and stop now, call your psych. and let him know. Don't know what else to try. So may ssri's make me sick as I am allergic. Sucks, I know the anxiety and depression will be back soon and just don't know which way to turn???
gabapentin for Pain: I been dealing with burning and stabbing pain in my feet and legs along with chronic back pain . My Dr started me on gabapentin 300.mgs 3.times a day the pain in my pain in my feet and legs improved immediately but since then my back pain has elevated drastically I take norcos 5\325 and doesn't even touch the back pain . Any suggestions?.and has anyone else experienced this?
gabapentin for Anxiety: I can't tolerate SSRI's. I've tried them all. This is the only medicine that works for me. It takes care of my depression and my anxiety. 1800 mg/day
I've heard that a new drug is being tested and will be available in 2016 that targets the glutamate in the brain. People are getting significant relief with it in just a few days. Until then, its Gabapentin.
Review by SteveEdin (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: Hi, I have suffered from CFS/ME for about 25yrs. IBS-D started a short time after my viral infection. I am also on antidpressants, muscle relaxants and pain killers. I have been on loperimide, buscopan, and codiene phosphate with only temporary relief and my ibs-d could always override the drugs.My gut has become incredibly calm since taking 100mg of gaba in the morning and 100mg at night. I am eating, in limited amounts, food that I couldnt eat prevoiusly without severe diarrhoea. I was initially prescribed this drug for neuropathic pain and I am delighted to find it works for my gut too. I have read of other people with ibs improving since being on this med.
gabapentin for Pain: Have had back pain and leg pain since fall 2yrs ago, recently very severe. Started Gabapentin and now taking 900mg x3daily. Pain less but still not able to get on with most daily activities properly even though taking other painkillers alongside. Some side effects but surprisingly not sleepiness so still waking at night!
gabapentin for Anxiety: After 20 years of every SSRIs for depression and generalized anxiety disorder I have found that Gabapentin is the only medicine that has really helped the anxiety with the exception of Thioridizane (now withdrawn in UK). At first Seroquel seemed to help but 3 months now on Gabapentin and significantly better. Still haven't found the ideal dose (now about 2400 a day) but initial side effects have worn off. My family say that since coming off Seroquel my personality has returned to what it used to be years ago. Give it a good try, and good luck. If you post on here I do think it helps if you mention dosage (and body weight 224lbs).
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Review by spartanfan131940 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
gabapentin for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: Gralise, an extended release form of gabapentin, made me so sick that I could not attend school and function at all normally. It made me extremely drowsy and I couldn't think clearly.
gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I have been taking Gabapentin for 7 months while awaiting surgery for a laminectomy, nerve decompression, sacrum tear and impinged nerves L3-S1. While I still require Oxycodone for pain relief, Gabapentin relives 80% of my nerve pain. I can't tolerate Lyrica so we started on 900mg-1200mg in hospital due to severe dis-coordination. Regular dose is now 2400mg per day. Side effects are occasional lethargy, some forgetfulness and about 3kgs weight gain but I wouldn't be walking now without Gabapentin! If toleration is a problem, titrate up slowly because its so worth persisting with!
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