User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Review by Lanec:

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9.0

For Pain: I can exercise now in less pain. Make sure you get the correct dosage that you feel comfortable with. If you take too little of a dosage, you may still have pain and lose hope in the medicine. It happened to me. I ended up doubling my dosage from 300mg to 600mg a day and feel so much better. I take 300mg twice a day as needed. I was originally on 100mg a day and it did nothing for me. Most people start off with 300mg.

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January 21, 2015 5:35 PM

Review by college student (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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4.0

For Anxiety: I started off with a relatively low dose of 300mg once a day. After starting the medication, I began to pass out regularly and could not see straight. My anxiety did not change. I returned to my psychiatrist and he lowered the dosage to 100mg, once a day and although I no longer experience side effects, I still have not noticed any changes to my anxiety and suffer anxiety attacks daily.

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January 20, 2015 9:50 PM

Review by Heather720 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

For Occipital Neuralgia: I've been on gabapentin for a little less than 2 months. I was having a headache 5-6 times a week. I'm down to 1 time a week now. It has delayed my period and caused me to be 5 days late but no other side effects.

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January 19, 2015 7:55 PM

Review by tDanielleb:

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9.0

For Migraine: I have been taking this for 2 months now. The first month I still had several horrible headaches. This second month I have yet to have one. Which is fantastic for me. I am having a slight problem keeping my emotions down. I seem to be very sad and lack energy. I am hoping that this will level out with time, because it works fantastic on my headaches.

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January 15, 2015 1:59 AM

Review by bryan72 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Anxiety: I am 42 yes old and have had social anxiety my whole life. It's been hard to deal with. I became an addict because I couldn't cope. After serving in the military I went to the VA for help. I was on so many medicines I can't remember them all. Gabapentin has changed my life. Been completely clean for years and no anxiety.

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January 5, 2015 2:48 PM

Review by Ngrant215:

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10

For Anxiety: In one day I felt so much better! No jitters, nervousness and no pain. I used to shake when anxiety was high, so much I hurt everywhere! I now have fibromyalgia with anxiety, but I feel normal! Eating well, maybe to much snacky stuff due to the neuro meds, working out, cleaning the house. I'm back! It's a stoned feeling at first then you get used to it.

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January 2, 2015 11:52 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Migraine: I was taking Topamax 200 mg every day for my monthly migraines and it was working well until I went to my eye doctor and he checked the pressure in my eyes. I had a high pressure in my left eye so my doctor put me on gabapentin. I take 200 mg every day and its been great. Even when I do get a migraine its very muted and very tolerable. Great medicine!

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January 2, 2015 9:41 PM

Review by Fifi London (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I have taken Neuorontin for over five years. I have Multiple Sclerosis and lots of nerve pain. This medicine works...But it will change your personality. BEWARE.. can make you violent. However for nerve pain best medicine out there.

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December 28, 2014 1:24 AM

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

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9.0

For Anxiety: I'm an MST and PTSD survivor and this stuff along with Lyrica restored me in about a week. Medication that affects SSRI cannot even compare when it comes to treating my condition. I feel like myself again! I don't even need alcohol anymore! I'm still depressed but I can finally breathe again without having a panic attack. Highly recommended to those with severe anxiety or Post traumatic stress disorder. The side effects are mundane at best.

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December 21, 2014 11:18 PM

Review by OmaNe:

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9.0

For Insomnia: My doctor suggested gabapentin for my leg cramps/restless legs and insomnia. I was unable to sit for any period of time without my legs causing discomfort and would have very painful leg cramps. I would find it hard to get to sleep and would wake up at 2 or 3 am every night. I have been taking gabapentin for a month and am very pleased....I have not experienced any of the severe symptoms that have been described by others.

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December 17, 2014 11:04 AM

Review by veteran20052007:

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10

For Anxiety: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder survivor! Thriver now! This medicine gave me my life back! Only side effect so far is depression if I come down for too long. DR adjusted my dose and its perfect.

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December 11, 2014 10:48 PM

Review by Audrey McCabe (taken for less than 1 month):

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6.0

For Anxiety: I've been taking Gabapentin 100MG twice daily for 3 weeks now for generalized anxiety and don't feel much of an improvement. Next time I see my psychiatrist I will ask for an increase in my dosage and maybe that will help.

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December 8, 2014 10:13 PM

Review by DBJ:

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: After numerous trials over the past 15 years I've yet to find anything that had such a profound affect so quickly. I've been taking Effexor and 3 Ativan per day to control extreme anxiety and depression. While it worked for some time, I recently started rapid cycling bipolar episodes. Now Im taking a small dose of Lithium and just added Gabapentin.....the lift was immediate after the first dose......woke up feeling good for the first time in a long time. Today was the same. If this continues, Ive found the wonder cure.

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December 3, 2014 8:25 PM

Review by mama bee (taken for less than 1 month):

For Pain: I am taking a trial of gabapentin for pain in my right shoulder caused by surgery to remove a large lipoma. I have taken it 3 weeks. I feel nauseous, have vivid dreams, and sleep more deeply than I am used to. It has helped some with the pain but I think I need to take the medicines more in the evening. Maybe get my doctor to look at when I take it. I only have the pain about 2 am when I am awoken by a stabbing aching pain where I had the surgery. If I sit up in bed or get up, the pain goes away in about 20 minutes. The problem is that I cannot sleep sitting up and, off course I can't do without sleep. When I am up and moving around (or even laying down and getting up to do work as I do in the day) it doesn't hurt. It is very frustrating.

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December 2, 2014 8:05 PM

Review by Krazymj5 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Peripheral Neuropathy: I have been taking 300mg of gabapentin 4 weeks ago for moderate neuropathy. My biggest problem was radiating intense pain from the little toe on my right foot. Within days, my pain was totally gone. However, I am constantly very sleepy. Hopefully that will subside over time.

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December 2, 2014 7:46 PM

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

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9.0

For Pain: Greater Trochanteric Bursitis diagnosis, did Physical Therapy, cortisone injections, tight IT bands, stabbing, shooting pain from hip to ankle. Was put on Gabapentin, I only take at night due to some "drunk feeling" side effects. I can sleep most of the night. After an X-ray, two MRI's finally found out I have a full tear of the gluteus minimus in left hip and partial in right. I will continue taking til surgery and probably after as well, as I can only have one side repaired at a time. Has seemed to work wonders for me!

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December 1, 2014 8:34 PM

Review by Dukie's Mom (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

For Cough: I have been taking gabapentin solution (liquid) for just over three years for postherptic neuralgia. I had terrible coughing, phlegm and even fluid in my ear from the prescription from one manufacturer but not from a different manufacturer.

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November 30, 2014 4:31 PM

Review by Nurse40years:

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10

For Pain: This is the first medicine that dropped my back pain from 10 to a 2. I was on increasing oxycodone for years due to crushed back in accident. Had 5 herniated discs L1 - L5 which eventually developed bone spurs and arthritis. Severe radiating leg pain would cause leg numbness and some great falls in public. Surgery was recommended - I declined. 15 years later my psychiatrist prescribed it for anxiety/mood stabilizer to replace Depakote (also an anti-convulsant). 3 days later I noticed I could get by with Advil and gabapentin. Why didn't my ortho surgeon give me this? I take 900 mg/ day. Only been on it 3 weeks and I'm a different person.

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November 29, 2014 10:35 PM

Review by Jillyy:

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6.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I found it to be helpful but at a pretty high dose and I wouldn't call it a cure all but it really has helped with me. I am someone that doesn't handle and respond to typical antipsychotics and certainly not good on anti-depressants. I am mixed state right now because the doctor reduced my meds by 600 mg without a reason. It drove me to all kinds of emotions.

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November 22, 2014 2:25 PM

Review by kate s.:

For Anxiety: I have found both Neurontin and generic Gabapentin to be very useful for treating my anxiety disorder. For me, I would not use anything else. It works well for my mother too. I am so glad it is in my life and so are my family and friends.

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November 22, 2014 1:45 PM

Review by hottie53:

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8.0

For Hot Flashes: I have been taking Gabapentin for hot flashes for only about a week and I can sleep at night and I am not soaked in sweat every hour or so. I can even sleep through most of the night now without waking with hot flashes and hubby is not freezing. Thank you gabapentin for giving me back my life. I do have some minor light headed feelings if I stand up or turn quickly but I can live with this. It's a small price to pay for sleep and not being soaked from hot flashes all the time.

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November 11, 2014 8:37 PM

Review by Overworked one (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

For Insomnia: Having dealt with death of husband, shifts in job responsibilites, grad school and child, I was in the midst of massive depression and anxiety. I was on Ambien 10 mg for 8 months, which helped, I slept but the fact of addiction was ever present. I was switched to gabapentin by my neurologist for migraines, and taken off the Ambien. I thought at first it was useless, I was wired and wide awake, but by the third to fourth day, I noticed I was dreaming again, which I had rarely done in 9 months. I feel much more rested, where as I had been taking naps any day I could, due to insomnia even on Ambien, and hardly need to now. I do feel somewhat groggy, but I only take it at night, and it is 600 mg. dose.

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November 4, 2014 3:48 PM

Review by Repeated weight gain:

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2.0

For Hot Flashes: I was prescribed 100mgx3 Gabapentin increased to 300mg x3, worked a little on sweating but after a few months I noticed I had gained weight. Soon it was spiraling out of control and before I knew it, I had gained almost 20 lbs! Discontinued use, (I had no withdrawal). Went back to my normal size in a few weeks and tried to take the Gabapentin again. Seemed okay at first, then the weight came back again. I am also on Amitriptyline, which I saw some one mention earlier. Also had dizziness and difficulty urinating. Nothing is worth the weight gain.

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November 3, 2014 2:32 PM

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

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10

For Postherpetic Neuralgia: I have been taking Gabapentin for four months for post herpetic neuralgia. This medicine has been an absolute miracle for me! I had been prescribed all the usual pain killers - Codeine, Tramadol, Amitriptyline, Ibuprofen with absolutely no effect. I take 400mg of Gabapentin three times a day. I hope to be able reduce the dosage over the next few months. This is the only medicine that has enabled me to function and work normally. I don't know where I would be without it.

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October 27, 2014 8:13 PM

Review by kretsim:

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9.0

For Anxiety: I wasn't sure about how anxious I was on a daily basis. I tried to self medicate with nicotine and caffeine but the caffeine just added to my anxiety..I was put on 100mg twice a day as needed. I like this med. My anxiety has decreased by at least 30 to 40%. Just after my first dose. I am going to take gabapentin every 8 hours from now on. That should cover me during the day at evening. That leaves me with 8 hours of sleep in which I don't need the medication. My doc said I can take up to 200mg at a time but I am not sure if I am going to do that. I don't wanna be on such a high dose. Things are slightly better than they were before I took the pill and for now, it's all I need.

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October 27, 2014 6:17 PM

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