Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Review by Adverse Reaction To Gabapentin (taken for less than 1 month):
gabapentin for Migraine: An orthopedic specialist prescribed Gabapentin to relieve the pain associated with a muscluar/spine issue I'm working through. I have had migraines since I was 5-years-old and one dose of this medication brought on one of the worst migraines I've had in years. It also made me wide awake at bedtime, instead of sleepy, as well as dizzy and nauseous.
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gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: Started gabapentin at 300 mg daily. Moving up an extra 300 mg every 3 days. Was extremely sleepy for over two weeks with little or no pain relief...until I started taking 2400 mgs, 600 mgs three times daily. At this dosage my pain level dropped significantly and the drowsiness side effect stopped. The pain had been so intense I'd been feeling suicidal...and even opiates were not controlling it. Now, with the 2400 mg daily dose of gabapentin my neuropathy pain is very well controlled and life is good again. I have experienced no side effects since the first few weeks of drowsiness. Don't let doctors tell you that if 900 mg daily doesn't relieve your pain...that the medicine won't work for you. 1800 mg to 3600 mg is a working dose.
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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I'm on 300mg 3x a day. It's my lifesaver for neuropathy and restless legs. It allows me to sleep at night. I find the only side effect is increased appetite.
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gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I have Fibromtalgia which was diagnosed recently after many, many visits to GP who told me it was a fancy name for depression and took me off dihydrocodeine and gave me 5mg codeine. After many months of pain I changed my doctor who prescribed much stronger painkillers and gabapentin. I immediately felt better with a little pain but nothing compared to what it was. So far, fingers crossed, no side effects except feeling very tired and a little 'spaced' out. Recommend this to anyone.
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gabapentin for Migraine: My 11 year old was prescribed Gabapentin for chronic headaches, but several days of this medication seemed to exacerbate his problem. He had many more headaches and rated them as very painful on this medication. We had to stop taking it after about a week because he had so many headaches.
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gabapentin for Pain: I've had 5 surgeries on lower back which causes nerve damage and pain and been this way since my first surgery in 1992 or 93 lose count, My Dr. suggested Gabapentin 300 mg 3 times a day, now I'm not steady on my feet, when walking I have to hold on to things because fear of falling. Can't function at the work place. I have to be alert at all times, I have a lot of drowsiness and dizziness and this medicine puts me to sleep at all hours, but on a high note I'm drinking a lot of water which is a good thing due to cotton mouth. I don't think this is for me.
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Review by Rocket Scientist (taken for 10 years or more):
gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I am a 58 year old female. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 14 years ago but have suffered from symptoms much longer. I have also suffered from foot clumsiness since I was 13. Many ankle sprains and one broken ankle. The last two years I have been falling about once every two weeks. My feet have both felt numb and in pain at the same time. A neurologist checked the nerve transmission speeds to and from my feet. Thankfully he very tactfully said "Your feet don't FEEL normal but the ARE normal." So no true neuropathy. My fibromyalgia doctor then prescribed an increased dose of Neurontin. (Tripled my previous dose). Although I am sleepy, the results have been a startling improvement in the neuropathy.
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gabapentin for Restless Legs Syndrome: I had been using gabapentin sucessfully for almost ten yrs for restless legs. I thought I should take a break and gradually reduced my regular dosage of 1500/day down to zero. What a mistake! I reverted to waking up every two hrs with leg pain, joint pain, and a floating depression. Needless to say, I'm back on the gabapentin.
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gabapentin for Hot Flashes: I came across Gabapentin by accident with my RSD which was given to me at in AZ. I have found out that my hot flashes and sleepless nights have gone away. I love this medicine, it has given me back the life I was meant to have at any age, even over age of 50. I will never change it as long as it helps me. Good Luck.
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Review by PrinceMyshkin (taken for 1 to 6 months):
gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: For years I had itchy ankles. Maddening. Treatment by MDs, dermatologists and podiatrists was hydrocortisone ointment. Worked briefly. Then a year ago I started having symptoms of neuropathy in my feet. Neither podiatrist nor MD could fix it. Went to neurologist. An eye-opening meeting with use of tuning forks and the like. This man knew his job. Put me on gabapentin, 100mg X 3 daily. The foot and leg pain diminished and changed character. It's still there but I can live with it. But the years-long itching disappeared totally. I sent him a fax about that. Downside, have noted mood changes and had to apologize to wife for being a jerk. I am 82.
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This medication works. All I have to say is if you have pain it doesn't hurt to try it. I'm sure it wont make it any worse. I was given it for mental health but found that its wonderful for every pain except menstrual cramps.
gabapentin for Migraine: As a migraine sufferer since I was 13 yrs old. I am now 56 yrs old. I tried it all. Imitrex, Fiorinol, Maxalt, Fioricet, Relpax, Zomig, Treximet, Cafergot, you name it. Sometimes I ended up in the E.R for a shot of Toradol. Finally I saw a general practitioner. He put me on gabapentin, 400 mg 3x a day. What a miracle. I've been on it for over a year now and been TOTALLY headache free. Wish all my other doctors were up with this. Would have saved me a lot of suffering.
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gabapentin for Cough: I have severe all over body pain. I asked my doctor for Lyrica, but my insurance wouldn't cover it so doctor substituted gabapentin. I have only taken it for 3 days 300mg a day. It has certainly helped the pain, but I have a terrible cough so bad that my sides are sore and I have a restless feeling. I will continue on it because anything is better than the pain.
gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I'm 82. I have peripheral neuropathy. The doctors I've seen are surprised that I have this condition since I am not or ever have been diabetic, and I'm enormously fit for my age. I go to the gym for two hours of intensive workout six days a week. I also eat healthily. But there is no denying I have peripheral neuropathy, and taking Gabapentin has given me wonderful relief from pain and tingling in both feet. I'm grateful for this and would recommend the medicine to anyone. I take a light dosage (300mg) on days that the pain is severe; but often do not take any medicines for two to three days at a time. Thank you Gabapentin.
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gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2006 and have been on a very, very low dosage of Gabapentin 300mg at bedtime ever since. My Fibromyalgia is manageable and I have no side effects from the medicine. I lead a very busy life.
I am an Executive Assistant in a fast-paced organization, and a very involved grandmother to 3. Rarely, I will have a flare that is triggered by extreme stress and I will have a day in bed, but most days I am putting in 12 hr days at work. And weekends I am busy with family, so I feel Gabapentin saved my life! It was a miracle from the first few weeks of taking it.
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gabapentin for Alcohol Withdrawal: I was prescribed gabapentin for tingling and numbness several months ago. I had been trying to stop drinking for years. With the reduction of cravings which was a side effect of the Gabapentin, plus AA I have been sober for 9 months.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I was in a really bad flare for months, fearing that new level of pain and intensity was becoming my body's norm. I'm grateful I was able to get in touch with a doctor that recommended Gabapentin and Flexeril. Been taking both, more of the Gabapentin for just over a week. My dosage will be increased, but as of now I'm taking 300mg of Gabapentin 4 to 5 times a day. I really notice the biggest relief after the first hour, then it seems to taper off. I feel like there is hope again with the relief I've experienced on this medication. I will be asking on my next visit about the dosage or difference in how it releases into the body, so that my pain stays at the lower levels. If you haven't tried this medicine, I'd highly recommend to do so.
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gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: My leg pain was beyond #10. 2 days of 300mg 4 times a day I felt SUCH a relief from the pain. I told my Dr. it is a miracle. A few minor side effects like dizziness and weird feelings in the feet. BUT I would not want to live without gabapentin.
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Gralise (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I have had this condition for 3.5 years now and no diagnosis as why it's happening. Epidurals, narcotics, Tramadol, Lyrica don't seem to work for the "painful tingles". Gabapentin helps with that, but my pain is still acute. The numbness over my right rib cage is nearly unbearable. 12 doctors want to ease the pain, but no one wants to find out WHY! Plus, they are not very good at easing the pain. Now they want to put a neural stimulator in me and if it's anything like a TENS machine, all it will do is irritate me. I will not go off the Gabapentin until my diagnosis. The side effect of not being able to remember words really bothers me.
Review by Greeneyedlaura66 (taken for less than 1 month):
gabapentin for Pain: First I must say this page and all the reviews I have just read helped me SOOOO much so thank you to everyone on here. I have suffered with lower back disc pain for about 30 years but I lived with it, I spent a crazy amount of money on physical therapy, chiropractors, and doctors with zero results. I finally was referred to a surgeon in Feb. of this year and told I have 3 herniated discs that would require surgery in July to repair them with metal ones. At that time I was put on 2 x 10mg of Percocets every 4 to 6 hours. After 4 months I ended up in the E.R in excruciating pain. Dr. put me on gabapentin 2 times a day, I'm on day 6 and I'm pain free! Dry mouth is only side effect and slight dizziness, and down to 1 Percocet a day!
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gabapentin for Pain: I was prescribed 600 mg approx. 5 yrs after foot crush injury, severe nerve damage. All I can say is amazing first day. It got me going and really makes me want to do things again, subdues pain to a manageable level. It's really AMAZING. I really feel good about myself again.
61 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin for Anxiety: I also take it for nerve pain and restless leg syndrome and I would not take anything else. A week after starting this my restless legs symptoms stopped and my anxiety has all but gone, after a year and a half on it.
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