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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I just started taking gabapentin 300 mg 3 times a day... wow my legs feel no more pain...I can walk easy have more desire to do things...it's a miracle. ...I'm so happy to have found this medicine."

   
10

shannon3343 April 6, 2015

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For Anxiety: "I started taking gabapentin in treatment as a mood stabilizer. It was extremely effective at first! However, after about a year, it started making me feel dizzy, disoriented and lightheaded at only 600 mg, so I started to use it for sleep. Now, I take 300 mg paired with my Adderall XR twice a day, and 600 mg at night."

   
7.0

cjoy79 (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 6, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia: "I started taking the drug with very low expectations and am surprised by how much the Fibro has gone away. Just gone. I still have pain but now instead of overwhelming my Doctor with a complaint of "everything hurts," I can point point the actual spots in my body where something is structurally wrong. What a blessing. I'm taking 300 mg at night, a dosage that I built up to over the course of a month."

   
9.0

Maureen B. April 6, 2015

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For Pain: "I am up to 400 mg Gabapentin, it is effective for my restless legs but my doctor wants to increase it to see if it will help my severe low back and sciatica pain. My right leg is dragging right now so there is a lot of inflammation involved. My side effects are severe dry mouth which is bad as I already have dental problems. I also am dizzy to the point of falling, which re injures my back and sleep anywhere, including on the toilet if I get up to use it at night. I want off this pill because I also have a nasty headache."

   
2.0

No nickname April 6, 2015

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: "I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet. It developed suddenly and was the initial indicator that I had diabetes. It feels like I'm walking on burning coals. I can't even let the sheets touch my feet at night because they are too rough. After my diabetes diagnosis and learning to give myself insulin shots I talked with my doctor about the increasing dibilitating pain in my feet. He prescribed Gabapentin and it was like a miracle! My pain was gone immediately. However, within two weeks I called the doctor back complaining of increased foot pain. He increased the dose to one 300 mg capsule twice a day. My podiatrist says this is a good sign because the nerves in my feet are coming back to life. Now I'm calling asking for another increase."

   
8.0

Rara61 April 6, 2015

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Neurontin (gabapentin) for : "I use to be addicted to xanax even though my first doctor in NC told me the drug was not addicted. I have gone from taking 3mg of xanax to almost not taking the drug at all. I can focus much better and the sleep is unbelievable. A dreamlike state. I sometimes sleep through my first alarm, but eventually wake up. At first I feel groggy, but after a shower I feel great. I feel like with any other drug your body builds up a tolerance and my doctor has gradually increases my dosage. This is a wonder drug for me. I wish I would have known about it before getting addicted to xanax. The blurred vision eventually goes away."

   
10

ncguy71 April 4, 2015

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For Pain: "I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and I've been in constant pain since my diagnosis 4 years ago. The rheumatoid arthritis medications curbed the pain, but it was still 7 on a scale of 1-10 and it was debilitating. I've been on gabapentin for just 2 weeks and the pain is now down to a 2 on a scale of 1-10. Why didn't any of my Doctors suggest this before now?"

   
9.0

RA Girl (taken for less than 1 month) April 2, 2015

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For Anxiety: "I love my gabapentin I currently take 800mgs 4 daily I've been taking them for around 4 years... my whole family suffers from anxiety and my mother was the first to take it who recommended me to tell my doc because antidepressant just didn't work for me. So I asked and I'm glad I did.. I watched my whole family also abuse xanax and I refused to go down that road. So I'm perfectly happy with it"

   
10

B.ANN April 2, 2015

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For Insomnia: "I've had chronic insomnia for 20 years. I can't fall asleep and then when I do, I wake up after a couple of hours and can't fall back to sleep for several hours. I still take trazodone to get to sleep and use the Gabapentin to stay asleep. I take 100 mg of the Trazodone and 1500 mg of the Gabapentin. I sleep great and feel great the next day. Nothing else ever worked for me. I love this medicine. Sleep is a beautiful thing."

   
10

Gdoo April 1, 2015

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For Anxiety: "I have been on gabapentin going on almost a year, I have had anxiety all my life, but even more after I became a heroin, and cocaine user. I started taking Neurontin in prison, and these pills have helped me so much, and now I take 1200 in the morning, and 1200 in the evening, and I'm the happiest girl on earth and I've been clean, they help for real, I'm happy to clean, and cook, and spend time with my son. It's non narcotic, and a blessing."

   
10

Eva Chavez March 29, 2015

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For Alcohol Withdrawal: "i was drinking heavily for a few months and had to go to detox 6 weeks ago. i thought i'd be okay to drink about five days ago--started one day with four drinks, escalated to 12 drinks yesterday. i'm taking neurontin (600 mg 4x/day) right now because i'm scared of withdrawal. i expected i would be having symptoms today and would have to do an at-home 3-4 day taper. instead i have had two drinks today, that plus the neurontin and .5 mg of klonopin with barely noticeable symptoms. i hope to have less than five drinks today, maximum of two tomorrow and then stop for good after. highly recommend this!"

   
9.0

aslasha March 27, 2015

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For Fibromyalgia: "I am a 22 years old male University student, diagnosed with fibromyalgia in March 2014 after an extensive series of blood and imaging tests to differentially rule out other diagnoses. I have been on Lexapro since then, working up to 20mg daily with no relief. After having become fed up with the excruciating whole-body pains I've suffered for the past two years, my research landed on gabapentin as an effective treatment for fibro. I spoke to my doctor, and now having worked up to 600mg, x3/day, I can say gabapentin WORKS!! My daily pain levels have diminished significantly, I sleep normally, have improved mental & physical energy, and I actually feel normal again! I also use tramadol 50mg up to x4/day as needed for break-through pain."

   
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J_Samps March 26, 2015

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I was prescribed gabapentin 900 mg a day primarily for neuropathic pain generated from several spinal nerves in my cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine. I'm in a lot less pain. I'm a little lightheaded and dizzy, but food and plenty of fluids help with that. I'm also used to it from a brain condition I have."

   
10

Ally84 (taken for less than 1 month) March 25, 2015

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For Hot Flashes: "I was prescribed Neurontin to treat neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. The chemo had also caused menopause, and that was accompanied by numerous and horrible hot flashes and night sweats. I honestly felt like I was going to spontaneously combust. While on the Neurontin, the hot flashes were reduced, but I did not make a connection to the med, and when I was taken off of it (because it wasn't effective for my neuropathy), the hot flashes returned with a vengeance. While searching online for alternative remedies for hot flashes (I can't take HRT due to cancer), I learned that Neurontin was effective and I made the connection from my previous use of the med. I went back on it (300mgx3) and the hot flashes are under control again."

   
9.0

Tylalla (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 20, 2015

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For Anxiety: "I've been dealing with anxiety my entire adult life (I'm 29). Finally, after a long period of unemployment, I was able to get insurance, and began seeing a psychiatrist. Despite complaining about panic attacks, he prescribed Wellbutrin (buproprion) for my depression (which I'm realizing is more likely ADHD-PI, so the doc was at least half right in prescribing the bupropion.). This greatly exacerbated my anxiety, to the point I was having more panic attacks in a week than I was previously having in a month. With gabapentin 3x100mg daily, as needed, that's no longer the case. My quality of life is much improved."

   
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SoFoRill (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 18, 2015

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I was given 300mg of Gabapentin to take at night (I also take 400mg daily of Carbamezapine). The Gaba is v. strong & knocks me out, but since it's @ night it's not so bad. Completely by accident I discovered how depressed I was, because these pills are giving me a new lease of life. My negativity and suicidal tendencies have all gone pretty much. I'm more focused, happy & get on with things. Side effects I get: tiredness, mild confusion/forgetfulness and a hand twitch that makes me almost drop things. P.S. I'm from UK so no insurance I pay scripts. yearly"

   
9.0

RJay001 March 17, 2015

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have a nerve in my left foot that goes crazy at night. It doesn't bother me during the day. Without Gabapentin I would get practically no sleep. But, I have had to increase the dosage over time to get relief. I started five years ago at 900 mg a day. But, now it takes 4200 to 5400 mg a day to shut it down, but I only take it at night (between 6 pm and 3:00 AM). I can't take it during the day - makes me too tired. The main side effect that really bothers me is poor balance - you can walk "right." But, the podiatrist can't find the nerve. If she could find it she could just go in and shut it down. That's where I'm at - as soon as she shuts that thing down I'll get off these pills and get back to a normal life."

   
8.0

johnnybrez (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 11, 2015

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "At a lower dosage, this worked well for my husband's diabetic foot pain. A higher dosage switch caused him to lose 4 days of memory, during which he was confused, completely off balance, at times delusional, dizzy, as well as talked and walked and ate in his sleep. We will be discussing this with his GP. He went from a 300 mg to an 800 mg. "

   
6.0

Mike's wife (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 10, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I was on every type of class of bi-polar medications and the side effects were worse than the condition. I have been taking gabapentin at night for a year now and I love it. It does not make me fuzzy or groggy the next day and my moods are manageable most of the time. In the long term, I prefer gabapentin."

   
9.0

kayeLo March 8, 2015

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For Insomnia: "I did not sleep well for a over 30 years. Took Ambien for 15 years. Doctor hopped until my new doc prescribed gabapentin for restless leg & other things. I now sleep better than I have ever slept. It has changed my life. I dream & can concentrate. Wonderful."

   
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Joy yoy (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2015

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For Anxiety: "Never though of reviewing a med, I do this just for Gabapentin being so great. I've tryed a lot before: Zoloft, Remeron, all types of benzos. I've kept a very bad opinion on them all, especially SSRi's - damn soul and sex killers. Benzos get addictive in the long run. But Gabapentin works like a charm, literally. Takes the edgyness of the days away, most inhibitions and anxiety, gives me the drive to do things and enjoy what i'm doing, I got faithful and... happy (after I almost forgot how it can be constantly felt). FInal note: if taken not too often (like once a week) it can be quite recreational in doses around 1200 mg. I usually take about 600-900 daily, but cut off some times to get the higher reward days later, as tolerance drops."

   
9.0

SoulSeeker (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2015

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I had an intermittent stabbing pain in my thigh that was so painful that it would drop me to the ground. It was so intense that I would stress about it coming back. The only way I could describe it was like be struck by lightening for 10-15 seconds. When I saw my doctor, I was prescribed gabapentin for nerve pain. After the first time I took the pill, the pain was gone. It was a miracle for me! I was worried about possible side effects, even though I knew they were minimal. I took the pill at night so I wouldn't be affected by drowsiness. I had no side effects until I tried going off of the medication a few months later. A couple of days after my last pill, I had a few intense dizzy spells, but it was short lived and worth being pain free."

   
9.0

lyn22222 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 5, 2015

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For Hot Flashes: "I started gabapentin for nerve pain. My hot flashes stopped after having them for 5 years. It's been a miracle for me, my doctor hadn't heard it worked for hot flashes, but I can't go back to hot flashes that left me with sweat running down my face in the grocery store line or having to have my bedroom at 50 degrees at night so I could sleep somewhat comfortably at night."

   
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Pcarp (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 3, 2015

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For Insomnia: "I have idiopathic insomnia as well as sleep apnea. Although the CPAP helps the apnea, I still was waking up every hour or two during the night, never getting a restful night sleep. Then I was prescribed gabapentin for nerve pain and discovered that it also works for my sleep. I wake rested and have much more energy. Apparently GABA helps increase slow wave sleep so I am dreaming more also."

   
9.0

Very helpful (taken for less than 1 month) February 28, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder: "It's changed my life. I can finally function with bipolar. I'm sleeping, calm, productive and I am not indecisive about everything everyday. I'm not drowsy and I can get up on time for work. I'm 45- it's been a 20 year struggle without it."

   
10

Ms maryland (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 27, 2015

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