User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Review by AndiF:

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7.0

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.

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June 9, 2013 5:56 PM

Review by Greeneyedlaura66 (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

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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June 4, 2013 6:41 PM

Review by S AZ:

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.

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June 1, 2013 2:36 AM

Review by Machell1969 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

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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May 28, 2013 2:42 PM

Review by Marebear1002 (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I have severe fibromyalgia, severe Crohn's Disease and other conditions associated with these. I've taken pain medicines and Lyrica with little help. I was put on 600 mg of Gabapentin and the results were fantastic. Helped my Crohn's and arthritis also. Very happy.

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May 23, 2013 11:11 PM

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

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9.0

For Restless Legs Syndrome: Initially, was prescribed 400mg to take at night. It worked great for two weeks. I slept like a baby. But it stopped working and restless leg symptoms returned so I took double dose (800 mg). So far so good. I wake up refreshed. I used to be such a grouch in the morning for most of my life. I cannot take during day because it makes me sleepy. If I take a nap I take a 400 mg tablet. I love it.

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May 23, 2013 1:18 AM

Review by somewhatrelieved:

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7.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Pain: I've been on Neurotin for almost 4 months and it has given me relief for chronic pelvic pain. 300mg at night and 100mg mid-day was the initial dose and at present I'm on 300mg at night only. It has made the pain bearable however the side-effects have been lethargy, headaches, aching eyes, and dreaming so vivid it leaves me hung over. I'm hoping this will improve with time. It has helped with the pain.

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May 18, 2013 12:06 AM

Review by Russpuss:

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9.0

For Pain: Awaiting op for a herniated disc, prescribed Gabapentin. Marvellous, no pain, but slight disorientation.

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May 17, 2013 2:57 PM

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

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3.0

For Restless Legs Syndrome: Was prescribed gabapentin for neuropathy and off label for restless leg syndrome. I ramped up the dosage over three weeks to 600mg three times daily. It did decrease both sets of symptoms. It also sent me into major depression. When I eased off the medicine (all under doctor's supervision) the depression eased completely.

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May 13, 2013 10:05 PM

Review by Lo22:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: Gabapentin has saved my life. I am able to function now. Dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia for the past 20 years has been a challenge, not to mention the pain. I felt like I was a guinea pig, trying all the medicines out there and being allergic to most of them while the others didn't come close to working. But with the gabapentin, I was so tired but after a while that went away. I wanted to up the dosage but my doctor did it very slowly. Even though I am not 100% pain free at this time, I can function and be happy. I will always have this medicine with me so I will never miss a dose.

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May 8, 2013 11:18 PM

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

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9.0

For Pain: I have Meniere's Disease and have had 3 surgeries for it (shunt, VNS (vestibular nerve section), inner ear removal). I have piercing, stabbing pain sporadically throughout the day and constant pain (4-5) most days. It's the cranial nerve X--the vargus nerve that's flaring up or damaged. I've used Demerol (hydrochloride HCL) to control the pain. I asked the pharmacist if there was any way to reach that nerve. He said ask your Dr. about Gabapentin. My Dr. immediately knew what it was and thought we should try it. I've been on it for 3 days and haven't had any stabbing yet. It makes me slightly dizzy/headachy. Hence, I don't like taking it unless my ear is over a 5 in pain. I haven't taken Demerol in the past 3 days.

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May 8, 2013 1:17 PM

Review by Mellaney (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I am 25. I have been taking gabapentin sense I was 17. I must say that I can't live without it. It makes me feel "my normal". Anyway, it calms my nerves - but not like a volume ...it makes me feel really good. I feel like I can do and achieve just about anything! I wouldn't want to be without it. I am prescribed 800 mg gabapentin. I take 1600 mg when I get up in the morning. Gabapentin changed me..personally..for the better. I love my medicine!

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May 1, 2013 5:41 PM

Review by Tilly62:

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6.0

For Fibromyalgia: Only started a week ago for sciatic pain and back pain, the pain eased from severe to moderate - but the pain in my feet supposedly from firbomyalgia has all but disappeared. As I also have side effects from most tablets starting slowly, first 5 days 1 x 100mg, now on 2 x 100mg. Feel nauseous, very tired and occasional giddy bout but hoping that this disappears over next couple of weeks. Will try 3 tablets after 2 weeks and see how this goes. Tiredness is my main problem at the moment.

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April 29, 2013 11:27 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: First time in 15 years I am without pain!

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April 28, 2013 5:28 PM

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

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10

For Migraine: I have had chronic almost daily migraines for almost 25 years, have been to many neurologists, had many MRIs, and other tests and have tried many medicines. In last two years, I have had to take Vicodin, because nothing else worked. Well, my doctor prescribed three 100 mg of this pill, and after 1 pill, I woke up to no migraines. I was into a three week migraine. I have had no migraines now for two consecutive days. First time in years and years. This is a miracle pill. I feel a little groggy, like I have had 2 drinks, but I have only been on this for 2 days. I cannot believe the FDA won't allow this pill to be marketed for treatment of chronic migraines. This pill should also help with restless legs syndrome, back pain, and anxiety. Wow!!!

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April 26, 2013 7:23 PM

Review by Robbo91:

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8.0

For Alcohol Withdrawal: I have been a sporadic alcoholic for years now. This and my bipolar does not help. I was prescribed gabapentin 600mg 3 times a day for my frequent and very painful headaches and I have never felt better. I have no cravings for alcohol and haven't drank for 2 weeks now. I sleep better. I feel positive. I'm happy for the first time In years. More research should be done as it is not a recommended medicine for alcohol withdrawal.

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April 24, 2013 8:55 PM

Review by Trish /-: (taken for 2 to 5 years):

For Trigeminal Neuralgia: I found that Gabapentin & Topamax reduced my Trigeminal Neuralgia pain by far but I couldn't think straight. So I stopped taking them and now I am in daily pain.

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April 24, 2013 4:04 PM

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

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8.0

For Pain: Generally positive experience

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April 17, 2013 10:11 AM

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

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I was given gabapentin in addition to my Lamictal. On the two medicines I have developed a little obsessive compulsive disorder. I like having three ink pens to work, like things positioned on shelves in a certain way. After that being said my rapid cycling bipolar is under control. Gabapentin doesn't help joint pain or any other pains I seem to have. I take 400 mg 3x a day. I like it, all the side effects are worth it in my opinion. I have never felt better in my life! I work out everyday just about and eat healthy. The time I started gabapentin I have energy. I have lost 25lbs and have been doing this life change for 6 months. Please try it! And if you are bipolar try the combination.

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April 13, 2013 1:27 PM

Review by Morgan Comfort:

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9.0

Gralise (gabapentin) for Fibromyalgia: After decades on pain meds, they are working less and less. In addition to fibromylgia I have bulging and herniated discs, neuropathy, and (controlled) epilepsy. I have learned to live with constant pain. My Doc suggested Gralise (gabapentin) and said that he felt confident I would see good results. I am AMAZED. I saw immediate improvement in my ability to walk and move around. I am experiencing considerably less pain. I am concerned because my insurance will not cover the brand (which is time released) that I am taking and it is expensive, but I remain optimistic and I will try the 3 times a day dosages. I have not felt this good in many years.

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April 10, 2013 10:15 PM

Review by rohaninoz:

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8.0

For Restless Legs Syndrome: My restless legs syndrome was actually whole body sort of vibrating, and came on very suddenly. 100 mg gabapentin, and I could sleep again! But every month had to add 100mg, got to 1000mg, then tried reducing 100 / month, realized after 2 months that I really needed the 900, not sure if that was withdrawal, but felt like I simply needed that much - so had a really good month. Then suddenly symptoms flared up, and even 1300 only just works.

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April 7, 2013 10:14 PM

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

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10

For Fibromyalgia: My pain is gone. I consider this a miracle. Before taking this medication I was in so much pain that life was almost unbearable. I was always so tired from little sleep. I sleep normally now and am pain free. I haven't experienced any side effects.

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April 6, 2013 11:24 PM

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

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10

For Alcohol Withdrawal: I have had quite a few severe alcoholic relapses, and Neurontin is wonderful for me for stopping alcohol withdrawal shakes, which seems to tone down the anxiety. It works quickly too for that purpose.

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April 3, 2013 1:45 PM

Review by Wenchy68 (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Anxiety: I have severe anxiety and have been taking Gabapentin for a week, gradually building up to 3 x 300mg a day. Within an hour of taking it I notice a heady, slightly drunk sensation and feel a little 'high', but this passes and I'm finding my thoughts are more organized, I have more energy and I can get more things done. Because I'm more active during the day, I am sleeping better and longer at night. My heart is no longer continually racing, and my chest pains have diminished. Another good thing is that these tablets do not make you feel desensitized, or like a zombie. All in all I would say these are definitely working for me.

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April 3, 2013 3:15 AM

Review by nina72:

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10

For Fibromyalgia: I have been on Neurontin for fibromyalgia pain, and sciatica nerve pain for several months. I can truly say it is a miracle for me. I can hardly get out of bed in the morning, and when I do, I feel like I have been hit by a truck. When I take my Neurontin,(600mg 3 x a day) I feel so much better. I have energy to get things done, and it makes the stiffness I feel in my muscles relax more to ease the pain. I have gained a little weight on this medicine, but when the warmer weather hits, I am going to try and get outside and get some exercise. It helps with my high anxiety levels as well, and my psych doc told me that this is a wonderful medicine for anxiety and depression as well. I consider it my miracle pill.

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March 23, 2013 1:06 PM

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