User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin
For Anxiety: "After a hard divorce at a young age I became an addict meds. When I searched for help I found an amazing doctor that I feel cares about my well being not just there to give me meds. One of the medications he had given me was Neurontin(gabapentin) and it has helped not only with my anxiety but I also get horrible sciatic nerve pain ( when I'm sitting for long periods of time and at night when I'm sleeping) it has helped so much. I can take it during the day which helps my anxiety and at night helps me get a good night sleep as well as the nerve pain. I would recommend this medication for anyone struggling with these issues. I hope this helped just one person."
Shelly Lynn January 16, 2015
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For Migraine: "I have been taking this for 2 months now. The first month I still had several horrible headaches. This second month I have yet to have one. Which is fantastic for me. I am having a slight problem keeping my emotions down. I seem to be very sad and lack energy. I am hoping that this will level out with time, because it works fantastic on my headaches."
tDanielleb January 15, 2015
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For Migraine: "Suffered from headaches for 4 months as I tried Topamax which did not work, and with horrible side effects. Been on Neurontin for 10 days, 300 Mgs 3xday. Headaches are virtually GONE. Kidneys functioning better now that I'm off of Topamax. Increased appetite and slightly blurry vision are manageable side effects. My life is back. So far, the headache suffering is OVER. 4 months of hellish headaches ended in one week."
Cavs Fan (taken for less than 1 month) January 9, 2015
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For Anxiety: "I am 42 yes old and have had social anxiety my whole life. It's been hard to deal with. I became an addict because I couldn't cope. After serving in the military I went to the VA for help. I was on so many medicines I can't remember them all. Gabapentin has changed my life. Been completely clean for years and no anxiety."
bryan72 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 5, 2015
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For Anxiety: "In one day I felt so much better! No jitters, nervousness and no pain. I used to shake when anxiety was high, so much I hurt everywhere! I now have fibromyalgia with anxiety, but I feel normal! Eating well, maybe to much snacky stuff due to the neuro meds, working out, cleaning the house. I'm back! It's a stoned feeling at first then you get used to it."
Ngrant215 January 2, 2015
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For Migraine: "I was taking Topamax 200 mg every day for my monthly migraines and it was working well until I went to my eye doctor and he checked the pressure in my eyes. I had a high pressure in my left eye so my doctor put me on gabapentin. I take 200 mg every day and its been great. Even when I do get a migraine its very muted and very tolerable. Great medicine!"
Anonymous January 2, 2015
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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I have taken Neuorontin for over five years. I have Multiple Sclerosis and lots of nerve pain. This medicine works...But it will change your personality. BEWARE.. can make you violent. However for nerve pain best medicine out there."
Fifi London (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 28, 2014
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For Migraine: "I started having headaches, pressure, and a hangover like feeling in the mornings about a year ago. In early December 2014 I was diagnosed with migraines which were causing my issues. My neurologist put me on 300mg of gabapentin and I felt great from 12/5-12/20. I started getting the morning hangover feeling again on 12/21. My neurologist is now upping the dosage, hope it gets me back to that point/place."
ToddL (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 26, 2014
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For Anxiety: "I'm an MST and PTSD survivor and this stuff along with Lyrica restored me in about a week. Medication that affects SSRI cannot even compare when it comes to treating my condition. I feel like myself again! I don't even need alcohol anymore! I'm still depressed but I can finally breathe again without having a panic attack. Highly recommended to those with severe anxiety or Post traumatic stress disorder. The side effects are mundane at best."
wbr (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 21, 2014
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For Insomnia: "My doctor suggested gabapentin for my leg cramps/restless legs and insomnia. I was unable to sit for any period of time without my legs causing discomfort and would have very painful leg cramps. I would find it hard to get to sleep and would wake up at 2 or 3 am every night. I have been taking gabapentin for a month and am very pleased....I have not experienced any of the severe symptoms that have been described by others."
OmaNe December 17, 2014
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For Pain: "I had a 23 week gestational premature baby. I was on severe bed rest with an existing compressed disk. My L5 ripped/ruptured and leaks fluid. The surgery to get my daughter out was very invasive and they gave me a spinal tap in my C7/8. They hit a nerve big time. So I am in constant pain. My daughter is fine now. However, I too take pain medicine, which I prefer not to. Vicodin, Norco, Percocet, tramadol and now Gabapentin. Which really works! Very well. Helps the anxiety pain puts you through. Helps withdrawal from pain meds. At first it gets you loopy but your body begins to adapt. But its worth not being on a narcotic for years. "
rosey posey December 11, 2014
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For Anxiety: "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder survivor! Thriver now! This medicine gave me my life back! Only side effect so far is depression if I come down for too long. DR adjusted my dose and its perfect."
veteran20052007 December 11, 2014
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For Anxiety: "I've been taking Gabapentin 100MG twice daily for 3 weeks now for generalized anxiety and don't feel much of an improvement. Next time I see my psychiatrist I will ask for an increase in my dosage and maybe that will help."
Audrey McCabe (taken for less than 1 month) December 8, 2014
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For Bipolar Disorder: "After numerous trials over the past 15 years I've yet to find anything that had such a profound affect so quickly. I've been taking Effexor and 3 Ativan per day to control extreme anxiety and depression. While it worked for some time, I recently started rapid cycling bipolar episodes. Now Im taking a small dose of Lithium and just added Gabapentin.....the lift was immediate after the first dose......woke up feeling good for the first time in a long time. Today was the same. If this continues, Ive found the wonder cure."
DBJ December 3, 2014
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For Pain: "I am taking a trial of gabapentin for pain in my right shoulder caused by surgery to remove a large lipoma. I have taken it 3 weeks. I feel nauseous, have vivid dreams, and sleep more deeply than I am used to. It has helped some with the pain but I think I need to take the medicines more in the evening. Maybe get my doctor to look at when I take it. I only have the pain about 2 am when I am awoken by a stabbing aching pain where I had the surgery. If I sit up in bed or get up, the pain goes away in about 20 minutes. The problem is that I cannot sleep sitting up and, off course I can't do without sleep. When I am up and moving around (or even laying down and getting up to do work as I do in the day) it doesn't hurt. It is very frustrating."
mama bee (taken for less than 1 month) December 2, 2014
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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I have been taking 300mg of gabapentin 4 weeks ago for moderate neuropathy. My biggest problem was radiating intense pain from the little toe on my right foot. Within days, my pain was totally gone. However, I am constantly very sleepy. Hopefully that will subside over time."
Krazymj5 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 2, 2014
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For Pain: "Greater Trochanteric Bursitis diagnosis, did Physical Therapy, cortisone injections, tight IT bands, stabbing, shooting pain from hip to ankle. Was put on Gabapentin, I only take at night due to some "drunk feeling" side effects. I can sleep most of the night. After an X-ray, two MRI's finally found out I have a full tear of the gluteus minimus in left hip and partial in right. I will continue taking til surgery and probably after as well, as I can only have one side repaired at a time. Has seemed to work wonders for me!"
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 1, 2014
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For Cough: "I have been taking gabapentin solution (liquid) for just over three years for postherptic neuralgia. I had terrible coughing, phlegm and even fluid in my ear from the prescription from one manufacturer but not from a different manufacturer."
Dukie's Mom (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 30, 2014
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For Pain: "This is the first medicine that dropped my back pain from 10 to a 2. I was on increasing oxycodone for years due to crushed back in accident. Had 5 herniated discs L1 - L5 which eventually developed bone spurs and arthritis. Severe radiating leg pain would cause leg numbness and some great falls in public. Surgery was recommended - I declined. 15 years later my psychiatrist prescribed it for anxiety/mood stabilizer to replace Depakote (also an anti-convulsant). 3 days later I noticed I could get by with Advil and gabapentin. Why didn't my ortho surgeon give me this? I take 900 mg/ day. Only been on it 3 weeks and I'm a different person."
Nurse40years November 29, 2014
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For Bipolar Disorder: "I found it to be helpful but at a pretty high dose and I wouldn't call it a cure all but it really has helped with me. I am someone that doesn't handle and respond to typical antipsychotics and certainly not good on anti-depressants. I am mixed state right now because the doctor reduced my meds by 600 mg without a reason. It drove me to all kinds of emotions."
Jillyy November 22, 2014
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For Anxiety: "I have found both Neurontin and generic Gabapentin to be very useful for treating my anxiety disorder. For me, I would not use anything else. It works well for my mother too. I am so glad it is in my life and so are my family and friends."
kate s. November 22, 2014
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For Hot Flashes: "I have been taking Gabapentin for hot flashes for only about a week and I can sleep at night and I am not soaked in sweat every hour or so. I can even sleep through most of the night now without waking with hot flashes and hubby is not freezing. Thank you gabapentin for giving me back my life. I do have some minor light headed feelings if I stand up or turn quickly but I can live with this. It's a small price to pay for sleep and not being soaked from hot flashes all the time."
hottie53 November 11, 2014
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For Insomnia: "Having dealt with death of husband, shifts in job responsibilites, grad school and child, I was in the midst of massive depression and anxiety. I was on Ambien 10 mg for 8 months, which helped, I slept but the fact of addiction was ever present. I was switched to gabapentin by my neurologist for migraines, and taken off the Ambien. I thought at first it was useless, I was wired and wide awake, but by the third to fourth day, I noticed I was dreaming again, which I had rarely done in 9 months. I feel much more rested, where as I had been taking naps any day I could, due to insomnia even on Ambien, and hardly need to now. I do feel somewhat groggy, but I only take it at night, and it is 600 mg. dose."
Overworked one (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 4, 2014
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For Hot Flashes: "I was prescribed 100mgx3 Gabapentin increased to 300mg x3, worked a little on sweating but after a few months I noticed I had gained weight. Soon it was spiraling out of control and before I knew it, I had gained almost 20 lbs! Discontinued use, (I had no withdrawal). Went back to my normal size in a few weeks and tried to take the Gabapentin again. Seemed okay at first, then the weight came back again. I am also on Amitriptyline, which I saw some one mention earlier. Also had dizziness and difficulty urinating. Nothing is worth the weight gain."
Repeated weight gain November 3, 2014
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For Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I have been taking Gabapentin for four months for post herpetic neuralgia. This medicine has been an absolute miracle for me! I had been prescribed all the usual pain killers - Codeine, Tramadol, Amitriptyline, Ibuprofen with absolutely no effect. I take 400mg of Gabapentin three times a day. I hope to be able reduce the dosage over the next few months. This is the only medicine that has enabled me to function and work normally. I don't know where I would be without it."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 27, 2014
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