Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin
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gabapentin for Pain: Gabepentin is the one medicine that absolutely works on my intractable MS pain, out of the many I take. However after 15 yrs of increasingly higher doses (I take 1300 mg per day), I find I have blurry vision. It's working so well on my pain that I'm not giving it up yet.
Neurontin (gabapentin) for Anxiety: I way prescribed 300 mg Neurontin for anxiety and it has been amazing. I'm also on a number of other anti-anxiety drugs, however Neurontin is helping to lessen my anxiety with its sedative effects. I highly recommend trying Neurontin. I tried Lyrica before Neurontin and Neurontin is more effective and cheaper for me. 8/10!
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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain: Have been taking Gabapentin for about four years. I have been suffering with leg pain for a long time and thought my life was over. Now I'm taking this and have almost no pain.
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gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I have been taking 1200 mg. twice a day for approx.10 years for peripheral neuropathy. The Dr. that gave it said that some days it works very well, some days just so so, and some days not very well. She was a user and told me that was her findings, She was right on the money. But I'm going to go up to 3000mg a day. Best medicine that I ever took!
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gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: Sadly after over a year of severe pain I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. PCP started me on gabapentin about 2-3 weeks ago. At first I thought it was wonderful as after 300mg at bedtime I was able to at least lay in bed without tossing and turning in constant pain and during the days I was able to feel nearly normal again. But for the past week my pain seems to have come back with a vengeance and now are shooting pains in my legs and forearms mostly. Also experiencing some vision issues and some orbital eye pain. Maybe this is to be expected with fibro, its all new to me.
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gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: This drug has been a miracle for my pain but I cannot sleep more that 2-3 hours a day. This is my 4th week at 900mg a day, I have tried taking them at different times of the day (within the 12 hr window). 4 or 5 hours after I take them I get a "boost" for an hour of semi hyperactivity that ends up in a little gloom from staring at the ceiling.
Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain: I was given this medicine in hospital to help with pain/nerve damage after a ruptured disc. BEWARE it made me suicidal! I am a normal, healthy person but after a week or so on this, I started sobbing almost all the time and was in total despair. Fortunately, my husband worked out what the stimulus was and I was told to stop taking the medicine immediately. This was recommended as the withdrawal effects would be better than carrying on with it and weaning off. It took a couple of weeks but I could only have close friends around who understood that at any moment, a wave of crying would over take me but wouldn't last.
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gabapentin for Pain: I have severe headaches in the aftermath of stroke. Due to my left side being affected, I cannot sit comfortably. This causes back pain that sometimes brings me to tears. I started with 300mg three times a day. It was just increased to 400mg three times a day. It gives me a lightheaded feeling that makes the pain easier to deal with, but the pain is still there. I also take Tramadol 50mg to supplement.
gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I have taken it for a week now on a start-up schedule, for my peripheral neuropathy in my feet, hands and face and even my tongue. I have had great relief of the pain of my face and hands. My feet are much better, I still have to increase the dosage yet, to cover the in-between pain that comes back in the afternoons, currently I am at 1500mg a day, I expect that my dosage will be most effective for me at 2100-2400mg, and should not be more than I need for the elimination of the pain we all experience. My sleep has been better, usually I would be up all night in pain. Creams and NSAIDS don't help as good as the Gabapentin has. My motor skills has improved greatly, freedom of movement. I use a cane for balance.
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gabapentin for Migraine: I was starting to go into Migraine Transformation (getting migraine pain almost every day). Starting this medicine shot this down really quick. Now I'm getting about one a week. I'll be increasing the dosage soon (right now I take 300 mg a day). If you get chronic migraines, this may be your answer. I think it's mine.
gabapentin for Pain: I have degenerative disc disease and recently blew a disc in my neck which was excruciating. I've dealt with lower back disc related issues for 30 years, but this pain in my neck left shoulder and arm was beyond anything I could cope with. I wasn't sleeping and functioning was near impossible. The doctors tried me on Lyrica which was bad for me, then Cymbalta which made me lose a lot of hair and extreme muscle cramps (not to mention the really bad withdrawals), but just a week into taking 200mg of gabapentin before bed I am virtually pain free! I've gained a little weight, but that's about it. My fingers and hands are still tingling but the pain associated is almost gone and most definitely tolerable.
I LOVE this stuff so far.
Horizant (gabapentin) for Restless Legs Syndrome: Dismal results from other restless legs syndrome medicines, 500 mg Horizant has been a welcome relief. Especially the nausea that always accompanied the other medicines. Noticed relief the first day. While it hasn't completely eliminated the restless legs syndrome issue, I can easily say it has made an 80-90% improvement. Minimal side effects noted slightly itchy skin and occasional watery eyes. PLUS I am sleeping much better
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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Fibromyalgia: I was just increased to 1500 mg a day of Neurontin for Chronic Back Pain and Fibromyalgia. I can tell that it takes the sharp edge off of the pain. It does help a little, but a little is better than nothing.
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gabapentin for Trigeminal Neuralgia: I was prescribed Gabapentin 300MG two to three times daily in conjunction with Percocet for pain related to Trigeminal Neuralgia. Taken together the pain was reduced by two thirds and became more of a dull pain as compared with the constant, sharp, burning red hot poker pain I had been experiencing. I noticed no ill effects from this combination. I was able to function, multitask, strategize and work as a purchaser without problem. I felt a little more carefree than is usual but this did not seem to transfer over into any decision making. The only drawback was that together this combination was only effective for four hours at a time.
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gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I just took my first gabapentin this evening for my fibromyalgia. I am feeling extremely disoriented and groggy. I only took one and can't imagine taking 2 tomorrow, then 3 after that. It has helped with the pain, but I feel like I am not mentally clear. I pray this will finally be the miracle I have been searching for, for many many years.
gabapentin for Anxiety: Gabapentin has relatively few side effects - I can be a little dizzy - not much, plus it makes my eyes a little puffy. But it does take the edge off anxiety and can be taken as need, unlike so many other medicines. I take 600mg twice a day.
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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain: I've been taking Neurontin now for 2 weeks and it does help with the pain but the side effects in my case are hazy feeling, cannot concentrate, feel sleepy and I've noticed I'm eating more. My doctor prescribed it together with Percocet for herniated discs, diabetic neuropathy, fibromialgia, osteopenia and a slew of other things. It does help but I work as a secretary for a law firm, which means I have to greet everyone that walks in the front door. I cannot afford not to be alert and this medication makes me feel like I don't want to or don't care to do anything. So what do I do? I need to take the medicines in order to be able to go to work but when I get there I don't want to do anything! Quite a dilemma!
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gabapentin for Anxiety: I suffered with severe migraines several times a year. In my 30s, the migraines became more frequent, longer lasting, more severe. Accidentally discovered Xanax, lifted the migraine immediately. Xanax not being a long-term solution for many reasons, my neurologist prescribed gabapentin. I haven't had a migraine in over six years. I take 1200 mg a day, usually before bed, but have discovered that taking 300mg in the afternoon when anxiety kicks in and the rest at night has made a huge difference in anxiety. Anxiety runs in my family, migraines, too, and this medication works very well for me.
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Horizant (gabapentin) for Restless Legs Syndrome: This medicine worked wonders for my restless legs syndrome, and also aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia and moderate low back pain. However, the withdrawal effects are awful (panic, insomnia, paranoia the worst). I even sought a second medical opinion on how to deal with it better and was told to just go back to my usual dose. I was taking 1200mg/day, and ended up tapering down gradually over 7 weeks. One other thing: this medicine interacts with numerous other medicines, so check this for your own situation and make your own informed decision.
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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Anxiety: Made me very agitated for the first few days. Had lingering side effects on the dose I am on. Often times makes me lightheaded, drunk feeling, high feeling, and gives me blurred vision, HOWEVER, it controls my panic disorder. I am on 600mg 3 times per day, using Klonopin as well to control anxiety. It makes my body physically unable to panic, which quells the anxiety.
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