User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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9.0
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Review by sunset joan:

For Occipital Neuralgia: I found that gabapentin need to be combined with lorazepam to be effective in controlling occipital neurological pain.

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November 5, 2013 12:01 PM

Review by ddk63:

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?

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November 4, 2013 1:14 PM

Review by Joysey:

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10

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.

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October 31, 2013 7:10 PM

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

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10

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.

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October 27, 2013 3:08 PM

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

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7.0

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!

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October 25, 2013 3:39 PM

Review by Zoey&Chloe'sMom (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Fibromyalgia: Neurontin has helped me be able to live a more normal life by cutting my pain levels significantly and allowing me to require less pain meds.

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October 22, 2013 2:37 PM

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

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9.0

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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October 16, 2013 3:56 AM

Review by spartanfan131940 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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2.0

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.

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October 11, 2013 8:49 PM

Review by egg22:

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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October 5, 2013 11:54 AM

Review by REO1923:

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10

For Trigeminal Neuralgia: Diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia 12 yrs ago and put on Neurontin(Gabapentin). This worked well for me and I rarely had an incident of Trigeminal N. pain. I've backed down from my 3x day 600mg dosage over the yrs to a 2x 300 mg. with good affect. Recently at age 72 I had a stroke which left me with aphasia and apraxia. My body was relatively unaffected, but my speech is a big problem. Neurologist suggested slowly coming off Gabapentin. I gradually skipped a dose now and again to get to the point of no Gabapentin. Shooting hot pain returned in my temple and down the right side of my face. Back on Gabapentin. This was a good reminder to me as to how much misery Gabapentin was protecting me from. Love Gabapentin!

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October 2, 2013 5:05 PM

Review by ahfish:

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9.0

For Anxiety: I have been experiencing severe anxiety and depression as the result of a job loss and this medication has been amazing. I was unable to function until I began taking this medication. It has truly been very helpful and has helped to lower my anxiety and depression.

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September 24, 2013 6:22 PM

Review by Blackie30 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Pain: It took a good few years of chronic lower back pain to finally find out I've a dislocated coccyx, I've tried everything from cortisone injections to minor surgical procedures, nothing helped. My GP prescribed gabapentin 300mg 3 times a day, 12 weeks ago with immediate relief. I've had my dose slowly increased and am now on 900mg 3 times a day. I'm waiting for a big operation now to remove the coccyx so until then these are managing my pain. I've even stopped taking tramadol as these gabapentin were so effective!

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September 24, 2013 3:41 PM

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

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9.0

For Pain: Great so far

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September 24, 2013 8:31 AM

Review by Ryanb1:

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9.0

For Anxiety: I have struggled with social phobia, anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. 6 months ago my psychiatrist prescribed Neurontin and I can say that my life has completely changed. I feel like a new person, I feel no side effects and the best part is that it works immediately and can be taken when needed. For someone like me this is a miracle.

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September 23, 2013 1:38 AM

Review by Miami man (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I've been taking this for 17 years and it is been magic for me. I immediately started feeling better and within 6 weeks went back to work.

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September 22, 2013 12:11 PM

Review by vengeacej87 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Anxiety: This is my miracle. I was put on it in Germany and had to go off it until I had insurance again. I suffer from depression and anxiety. Often I would find myself stuck in a daydream world because of all the things going on in my life, including my partner of years (15-25). I would have no energy and just feel so low. Finally I had insurance and was put on 1800mg a day. I feel so much better. I feel like I can handle life and set goals for myself. I don't feel anxiety. I don't sit here and think of the negative and focus on a positive life. I am more fun and interactive with my son. It literately saved my life. I don't know why.

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September 20, 2013 8:36 AM

Review by Melody71:

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8.0

Gralise (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I've had moderate to severe low back pain for over 20 years due to herniated discs. After years of being handed Percocet (which only worked about an hour for me) and everything up to straight OxyContin, I think I have found something that works! It's only been about a month, but in combination with Percocet, the severe pain has been minimized. I gave it an 8 because I never want to over hype a medication and I've only been on this about a month.

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September 18, 2013 9:42 PM

Review by Leeleefabulous:

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9.0

For Insomnia: I've struggled with Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia for 14 years. This medication knocked me out! It stopped my legs from jerking and put me to sleep. The only problem is that the first day after I took it, I'd never been so groggy in my life. I could not walk straight and was lethargic all day. The next day the grogginess wasn't as bad and my doc said that that side effect will decrease soon. Other than that, I feel like this is a miracle for restless legs syndrome and insomnia. It's been a 14 year struggle for me but this is the first time anything has helped.

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September 18, 2013 6:24 PM

Review by Brewinblue:

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9.0

For Anxiety: Started taking gabapentin about 18 months ago for depression and anxiety. Almost immediately my symptoms were alleviated. No side effects, and it still works. I take 3600 mg/day, split either in two or three doses. For an acute attack of anxiety I will take an additional 600 or 1200 mg as needed, and that will almost always do the trick. I agree with those that call this a "miracle".

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September 9, 2013 7:29 AM

Review by Lovieu:

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10

For Pain: I experienced a severe herniation on right side of C6-C7 June 2012. Since, I was put on 4 Medrol packs approximately every 3 months, chiropractor initially and trainer, with Accupuncture 3 months post injury for 10 months. Formal Physical therapy started 10 months post due to increase in right shoulder pain with horrible radiculitus. Good for posture training but one month in I was in the worst pain ever. Nurse practitioner put me in SSRI and Mobic. SSRI alters pain perception, plus I was crying in her office. Mobic worked but short term. Finally, I went to a pain doctor thinking I was being scheduled for a steroid injection when he said, let's try gabapentin first. Pain is GONE on 300mg 3x daily. Can't wean yet but it works!

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September 4, 2013 9:13 PM

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

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7.0

For Peripheral Neuropathy: Gabapentin really helps pain in my arms, legs and feet. I have been on Gabapentin for 2 years on and off. Took ages to get used to tight band feeling round head, vision problems and weight gain. The worst side effect is constipation and bloating. Sometimes I feel as if I can't breathe because I'm so bloated. Trying to keep taking them so that I can sleep at night and walk without so much pain in my feet.

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September 4, 2013 1:33 PM

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

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10

For Anxiety: On it for 5 days and feel like a different person. I'm actually happy for the 1st time in years! Take Celexa and trazodone also but call this my miracle pill. Just hope it keeps working.

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September 1, 2013 12:13 PM

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

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10

For Peripheral Neuropathy: I found out I have a pre-cancer which is damaging my nerves. I'm 37. I could barely walk do to pain in my legs. Mostly hips and knees. I also have intense shooting pains in my legs, wrists and sometimes back. I was having to take Vicodin. The Dr started me on 300mg 1/day and to increase by 300 mg every week for the next 3 weeks. When I first took it I got extremely ill with severe nausea, vertigo, dizziness. I stuck it out and every time I went up on the dose it would take 3 days to feel better. It paid off. It gave me a lot of life back. I stopped limping, I stopped having shooting pains. My numb areas got smaller. As a plus, I have dealt with migraines for 25 yrs and they're better. Also off Vicodin! Give it a month to really feel better!

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August 30, 2013 11:56 PM

Review by NC09:

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10

For Anxiety: I've been taking gabapentin for a year for severe anxiety social anxiety and it has been wonderful. I'm a very worrisome person so when I take this medicine I feel more at ease without feeling sedated. I find it funny my Dr said they don't generally use this medicine for anxiety but it works for me and apparently a lot more people then she made it seem.

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August 29, 2013 12:45 PM

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

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9.0

For Anxiety: Almost no negative side effects, aside from strange and vivid dreams; although I enjoy them and they aren't nightmares. Gabapentin helps me stay at ease when I'm alone. My anxiety used to be bad, even when I was just sitting there but with this, it's gone. I take two 300mg pills each day. However, I still feel anxiety in social settings such as school but it makes life a lot easier, even though its not a 100% fix.

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August 28, 2013 5:32 PM

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