User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Review by Anonymous:

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10

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Fibromyalgia: I started taking Neurontin for fibromyalgia pain about 2 weeks ago. It has made such a huge difference in my life already! I have energy now and I am actually sleeping regularly, first time in over 3 years. The only side effect I am experiencing is clumsiness. I keep dropping everything and tripping. But, I think that's a small price to pay for relief!

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October 25, 2011 3:57 PM

Review by Nan7:

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4.0

For Peripheral Neuropathy: I have taken this for a little over a year. It worked great in the beginning, but slowly over time it has stopped working, even with an increase in dosage. I just switched to Lyrica in combination with Celebrex. We'll see how it works.

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October 13, 2011 9:37 AM

Review by MesaAZLady65:

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10

For Peripheral Neuropathy: Last year I went off gabapentin as I wanted to get a pilots license. The FAA was so nasty because I have diabetes that I guess I will never get the medical clearance. Lately the neuropathy got so severe I couldn't stand it so gradually worked my way back up to 9-100 mg a day. What a difference. I may need more later. I did notice a few pounds packed on, and a bit of a blur in my eye with the new lens implant. Now that I know it is the gabapentin putting the weight on, I can be more careful as I want to maintain my figure. Lyrica made me nuts and I had terrible mood swings. Once I got up to 700 mg of gabapentin, I noticed a big relief.

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October 12, 2011 1:59 AM

Review by danforeman:

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: Finally after every medicine known for use in treating Bi-Polar Gabapentin was the key when it was coupled with Lamictal.

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October 5, 2011 2:20 AM

Review by lilbear61701:

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7.0

For Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: I have had this since I was 19 and now am 32. The doctors I have had in the past always controlled my symptoms with narcotic pain medicines. This medicine worked for me at 600mg but they just increased the dose because it seemed like the pain was back in full force and worse but it is an amazing medicine. Just need to find the right dose. The only thing that I do not like is it makes my hormones race but my husband loves it.

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October 1, 2011 6:38 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Pain: I had a herniated disc problem at L5 S1. Doctors suggested I take 100 mg daily twice and it works very well.

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September 26, 2011 1:29 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Anxiety: I love this medicine. I used to get incredibly anxious at night - NOTHING could help me. My doctor prescribed this and the FIRST night I felt better. My mind was not cycling through "scary" thoughts that used to plague me. I was able to rationalize much easier. I'm just so glad to finally have something that helps.

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September 23, 2011 8:05 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Anxiety: I was having terrible issue with anxiety which was resulting in severe and unrelenting headaches. Added to the fact that I am pre-menopausal, I had not felt like myself in at least a year. I went to the psychiatrist who continued my Celexa and started me on a very small dose of Neurontin at 100 mg 3 times daily. I am only taking it twice daily to avoid the foggy feeling. It has only been 3 days and I can honestly say, I feel like a new person... or should I say, the person I used to be. I was skeptical that Neurontin could do so much to relieve my anxiety, but it works for me, and my headache and constant neck tension/pain is gone. I am so glad my psychiatrist realizes the benefits of this medication and that she prescribed it for me.

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September 19, 2011 8:35 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Epilepsy: I am 30 years old, and I have epilepsy. I just came off of Tegretol and only on gabepentin after asking my neurologist if I could please. At single doses of 600mg 3 times a day, I feel like my anxiety goes away, but my head can feel groggy. I actually have panic attacks, anxiety attacks, depression as a result of epilepsy. I do like Gabapentin if it prevents seizures. Last night I felt nuts, and racing thoughts. Maybe I need to up my doses to 1200mg at night instead of 600mg. I do sleep very well once I do crash. It can make me a calmer and hungry. I couldn't survive, literally, without it. I know I would have seizures and panic attacks. Side effects...very few compared to Tegretol.

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September 18, 2011 5:20 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Fibromyalgia: It would be nice if there were a once daily extended release capsule. 3 times daily is hard. Don't forget either.

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September 6, 2011 11:54 PM

Review by jwajules:

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7.0

For Vulvodynia: I was prescribed gabapentin a year and a half ago for Vulvodynia. Initially, gabepentin did not help with the burning. I had to go way beyond 2000 mgs. Once the dose was increased, it definitely helped with the burning nerve pain. I would say it cut my pain by about 60%. Unfortunately, I have had to add other medicines to gabapentin overtime to help with the burning pain. I added Lyrica and then Cymbalta. I'm on 3600 mgs of gabapentin along with the other two medications. My burning is pretty bad again. Gabapentin worked for awhile but, now I need to switch medicines. I had no side effects on this medicine.

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August 27, 2011 9:20 PM

Review by Gamafan:

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10

For Anxiety: I have been taking gabapentin for about a week now and it has literally saved my life! I was having such incredible nervous energy that was affecting my sleep, relationships, daily routine, etc. I was having a meltdown everyday with lots of physical pain (mostly stomach). This medicine calmed everything down and is helping me feel normal again! Thanks to a good doctor...this really worked well. Can't say enough good things. I smiled this morning when I woke up for the first time in years!

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August 24, 2011 3:20 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Anxiety: I've been taking Gabapentin for three years to relieve my anxiety symptoms; 1800mg twice daily. Although I started at a much smaller dose in the beginning and did feel groggy at times my body is now completely accustomed to it. This is the only medication I have tried that allows me to function normally on a daily basis without feeling side effects. I highly recommend it to patients with GAD who don't respond to other medications.

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August 24, 2011 12:40 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Migraine: I began taking 300mg of Gabapentin before bed every night and stopped when my migraines began to subside (as recommended by my doctor). However, they came back and I began 300mg before bed and 600mg in the morning. The medication helps tremendously. The only downside is that it makes me feel drunk, spacey and tired. I don't feel "all the way there" and lost sometimes. Which isn't great at work. But it sure beats almost daily migraines.

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August 24, 2011 11:59 AM

Review by whiss:

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8.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain: Been taking Neurontin for several years now, from 4200mg down to 1200mg a day, after my sciatic nerve got damaged during 1st back surgery. Tried many medicines, no relief, doctor put me on clinical dose of 4200mg a day, many side effects. Down to 3200mg a day, awesome, was able to walk and live(no work). Back got worse, needed 2nd surgery and had to get off some medicines, getting off Neurontin was the WORST WITHDRAWALS. 6 months after doctor's put me back on Neurontin but only 1800mg. Still on Neurontin today and still working awesome. No side effects, low dose on all medicines keeps side effects down. Just watch the WITHDRAWALS.

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August 18, 2011 1:31 AM

Review by LTUSAFaz:

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10

For Insomnia: I have suffered with insomnia for years and no medications improved my condition until I started using Gabapentin. I have been taking it for 7 days and my quality of sleep has greatly improved. I used to wake up 3-4 times per night and found it hard to fall back asleep. Gabapentin puts me to sleep and I am enjoying deeper, more restful REM stages. I highly recommend it for this condition. I was prescribed this for chronic pain and this is a great bonus. Like the other reviewer it will cause residual grogginess the next day for several hours. Extra caffeine is definitely needed!

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August 13, 2011 1:19 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain: I have been put on this twice in the last couple of years to try and deal with the the constant burning pain in my feet. The first time I was given a low dose according to my Doctor 200mg 3 times a day. I didn't notice any reduction in pain at all. Then second time I was taking 600mg 3 times a day and it still did nothing for my pain and after 2 months I couldn't get past the drowsiness and had to quit taking it.

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August 10, 2011 2:22 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Hot Flashes: I was given long-acting gabapentin during a clinical study and it was extremely effective but has not been approved by the FDA yet for hot flashes.

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August 4, 2011 1:27 PM

Review by 24th ID:

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8.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: My doctor started me on this after I had crazy nerve pain due to shingles. It works amazing for me! When I don't take it or it's time for my dose it feels like I've been shot in the area where my shingles were worst. So I have nothing but great things to say about this medicine for me.

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August 3, 2011 9:27 PM

Review by Christineee:

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9.0

For Anxiety: I was prescribed gabapentin when I got diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was for my panic attacks and anxiety. I went crazy with it the first couple of weeks taking way more than prescribed but that was the only way it worked for me. My doctor then upped my dose when I told him about it. He just started me off with the small dose to see how my body reacts to it. I love this medicine! Not to the point of addiction but because it calms me down and makes me think clearer whenever I freak out. There are no side effects at all for me. No dizziness, no grogginess no sleepiness. I function normally, I can even drive and work and study. It has helped me a lot. The dose that works best for me is 1500mg, I don't take it everyday anymore, just as needed.

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July 31, 2011 12:00 AM

Review by efloyd105:

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1.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: Causes short term memory loss.

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July 26, 2011 10:45 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Gabarone (gabapentin) for Peripheral Neuropathy: I am using this medicine for Peripheral Neuropathy (caused by Velcade) and it was marvelous for me. It stopped the feelings of stabbing pins and needles straight away in my hands and feet. I am taking 100mg 3 times a day and have only been taking it for a week.

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July 25, 2011 9:18 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Migraine: Just started this at 300mg at bedtime a few days ago, but after two days it stopped what had been a blinding 3-day headache. The migraine is still there but currently with no pain (this undoubtedly sounds stupid to non-migraineurs, but many with migraines will know what I mean.) I am wondering if anyone has experienced good results with this medicine but then had it suddenly stop working. This has happened to me with so many medications, including some like Verapamil that should NOT build tolerance.

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July 25, 2011 4:16 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Anxiety: Gabapentin is the most liberating medicine I have ever used. I have tried Effexor, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lamictal, Lithium, Phenibut, Kava, Theanine, -anything with implications of anxiolytic properties. Finding the right dosage can be a little tricky, but when that is tuned, this medication seems superior to any anxiety medication available. Side effects of too much- dizziness, fatigue.

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July 17, 2011 10:27 AM

Review by fibrochickadee:

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10

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Fibromyalgia: I've been on it for 7 years now and it is amazing. I had to go off of it for awhile when I was in the hospital and I got to see how it actually helps me. All of my fibromyalgia pains and everything else came back. I was in so much pain until I went back on it. Now presto it has take 99% of the pain away. I am now able to move around and not let it slow me down or keep me in bed all day. So very effective for me. I tried Lyrica and it made me gain weight and made me very suicidal so I went on this and its a wonder drug. Hope it helps you too.

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July 7, 2011 5:53 PM

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