User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Review by San Benito: User Rating:  
   
6.0

gabapentin for Pain: I have been taking it for almost a year, but only two at night 300mg each. I still have the back pain during the day, my doctor told me to increase it to one in the morning and two at night. But I have not try that because of the sight effect. At night I sleep like a baby, so I do not know how I will feel if I took it in the morning.

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February 5, 2013 11:17 AM
Review by mauitilly (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Anxiety: I have had problems with severe anxiety for years..I tried to self medicate with so many things. I use this with Benadryl and love how calm I feel!

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January 31, 2013 9:51 PM
Review by gimpy gypsy (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Epilepsy: I've been on this medicine for 10 yrs now and have my seizures under control with 1200 mg a day a neurologist placed me on it after trying Dilantan and Depakote. I didn't realize it could be helping my anxiety and restless legs and migraines. I had terrible headaches before I was on gababentin and now have all these things under control. I did gain 30lbs when we added a antidepressant.

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January 24, 2013 1:45 PM
Review by HiThereMyExperience: User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Migraine: In August 2012 my migraines suddenly got disabling! It was constant and horrible! I saw a neurologist in early Dec. and he ordered Gabapentin, starting at 1 pill and then increasing weekly up to 4 pills. It's mid January and I am still only taking 2 pills because I am always tired and a little nauseated. I need to increase it though because, as another reviewer said, it makes everything "muted" but not completely. I have had some migraines but nothing horrible like before. So for that reason - this medication is wonderful! But I have one side effect that I wonder if it is from gabapentin - I feel extremely mean and annoyed. It's very noticeable to my family. Has anyone else had this side effect?

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January 18, 2013 10:58 AM
Review by Clouise: User Rating:  
   
6.0

gabapentin for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: The medicine was prescribed for diabetic neuropathy of the feet, it worked in alleviating the pain in my feet. I gained weight while taking it but did not know why. About 3 months ago I stopped it and since then I have lost 25 lbs not trying to lose weight. I do have a little problem of insomnia since stopping but not enough to take a sleeping pill. I wish I had known about the weight loss from stopping the medicine before now as I thought there was really something wrong with me while dropping the weight.

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January 14, 2013 12:04 AM
Review by Wally52 (taken for less than 1 month):

gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I was diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy 8 months ago. My neurologist first prescribed Cymbalta. It had no effect. He then prescribed Neurontin (initially 300mg). After 1 day I notice relief for the pain in my hands, arms, feet, and legs. I was also able to sleep through the night. I am presently taking 600 mg. After 2 weeks on Neurontin the pain is not gone but is 75% reduced.

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January 11, 2013 10:55 AM
Review by Bipolar wife in Atlanta (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Bipolar Disorder: For a long time I have believed that I was bipolar but never took medicine for it. A couple years ago I started taking gabapentin for a herniated disk. I immediately noticed a feel good feeling. That is now the main reason I continue to take it. People are warned to not stop taking this abruptly..THEY MEAN IT! I recently had surgery to remove my fibroids and I stopped taking gabapentin due to all the other medicines I was having to take. Shortly after stopping abruptly my husband said something to me I didn't like that hurt my feelings and I THREW A PLATE OF FOOD AT HIM! I have never in my life done this. Afterwards I found out that anxiety is also a symptom of abruptly stopping meds. Make sure to wean off slowly.

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January 6, 2013 9:14 PM
Review by Frenchfry (taken for less than 1 month):

gabapentin for Anxiety: Well to make the back story brief. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Was put on Neurontrin it worked so well. I managed to get off it for years but recently I was put on it with Ativan. I'm at 200 twice a day and 300mg at night. I still get physical symptoms so next week I will up to 300mg three times a day. It worked before so hoping it does again. I've not been working or going anywhere because of this bad relapse. I have to also wean off Ativan at same time and use only this for panic. I'll keep posted as how its working.

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January 6, 2013 9:09 PM
Review by 3feathers (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Anxiety: My psychiatrist started me on Gabapentin for anxiety almost a year ago and it's been a lifesaver. I had no idea how prevalent my anxiety had become until the Gabapentin somehow calmed it down. The constant bouncing of my legs, the tapping of my fingers, the repetitive rhythmic stuff going on in my head and body and the crippling anxiety all just calmed down or went away. I started at 100mg 3x a day and have now settled into a very comfortable 300mg 3x a day. A little drowsiness at first but my body has adjusted and now I feel no side-effects at all. When I wake up in the morning and the Gabapentin is out of my system I'm immediately aware of the anxiety again but it quickly goes away once I take my morning dose.

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January 6, 2013 12:59 PM
Review by lops: User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Hot Flashes: I was prescribed gabapentin two years ago to help with night sweats, coincidentally I noticed that having always had mild to moderate anxiety I was much calmer and only became anxious as a result of a problem or crisis. recently I had an illness with nausea and loss of appetite, so stopped all my medications for 2 weeks. My anxiety went through the roof with panic attacks almost constantly, I have since found stopping Gabapentin abruptly is a no no, I took one 300mg last night and feel like my old self already, having had a nights sleep, after 2 weeks of insomnia. I think Gabapentin works extremely well, and I have no side effects. I hope my Dr doesn't ever want me to stop taking them, but if he does I now know it has to be a gradual process.

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January 2, 2013 12:20 PM
Review by Moo moo (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: I have severe neuropathy in my feet, legs, and hands. Now that I'm on 800mg 3x a day my pain is not gone but it eases enough that I can tolerate it. I have no insurance and go to our local Health Department for. medicine so the Gabapentin is my only pain reliever. Thanks for this medication.

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December 31, 2012 12:47 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Anxiety: I have generalized anxiety disorder and Panic Disorder going on ten years now. I've been on Zoloft the entire time. I had a bad relapse of symptoms this year while on Zoloft. I bumped it up to 200 mg and began taking Gabapentin 300mg/day. I've been doing better, but I'm still working on getting my confidence up after this recent relapse. Last week I started having anxiety symptoms for a couple of days, so I bumped the Gabapentin to 600mg/day. My anxiety is now better so far. I've noticed a side effect on this dose that I didn't get on the 300 mg... I've had spells of depression the past few days. I think those will pass as my body becomes used to the new dose. Depression is listed as a possible side effect. I just hope this medicine doesn't poop out on me.

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December 23, 2012 8:12 PM
Review by BunnyHere (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Anxiety: After decades of battling post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, I finally have found a medication that helps to calm the revved feeling I constantly battle. It is not complete gone, but I feel as if I can breathe again. The tightness in my chest has reduced and my upper back no longer hurts because I can relax my shoulders. It is as if someone has loosened their grip on a rubber band! Best of all, self-help techniques, like relaxation, now work!! Gabapentin has helped me to feel like I have a fighting chance against anxiety.

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December 17, 2012 9:48 PM
Review by Amanday (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Anxiety: I've had anxiety for a years, and panic a lot. I lost my job and partner in the same week (2 weeks before Xmas). Took my first tablet 4 hours ago and already I can think straight, concentrate, and I'm not up tight! Clearheaded.

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December 6, 2012 2:04 PM
Review by Ali90: User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Anxiety: I have very bad post traumatic stress disorder with severe anxiety. As for a back story for the medicines I've tried: all SSRIs, two MAOIs, and one tricyclic antidepressants to try to calm the anxiety and bad dreams, all did nothing but either make me a zombie or made me suicidal with severe panic attacks. Now on to benzodiazepines: Xanax, Kolonopin, and Valium, the first and last were not strong enough for me and being a 5'6" and 110lb woman, I could not get an increase in dosage because I was too small for that. I was also on Buspar which did nothing but make me have fits of rage and very severe panic attacks. Now what I'm on: Ativan 2mg 3x a day and gabapentin 300mg 3x a day How I feel: my anxiety is nearly gone. I can only hope that it stays this way.

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November 28, 2012 11:45 AM
Review by doc1019 (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Restless Legs Syndrome: Only problem I have found with Gabapentin is the need to increase the dosage over the long run. I am now up to 2000 MG a night. Having talked to many using the same medicine, it would seem the limit is 2400 MG, after that no increase seems to help. I started back in 1999 with 100 MG a night. Over the last 13 years the need to increase has been gradual but needed. I am approaching the limit. Gabapentin has been a Godsend.

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November 16, 2012 11:15 PM
Review by MacIntosh12 (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
5.0

gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: Gabapentin kept twitching muscles and nerves at bay. I found the side effects to be very annoying. I had cognitive issues, while on Gabapentin, such as, hunting for the correct word from my varying and large vocabulary. I also experienced memory (short term) problems. Now that I've tapered down to 300mgs 3 times daily, my memory has improved, and my vocabulary is coming back. I recommend this medication, yet, if you find yourself entering a room in your home and not knowing exactly why you are there, forgetting why you went there in the first place, blame it on the medication. You are not losing your mind, nor are you suffering from early onset dementia!

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November 14, 2012 11:02 AM
Review by lmricci65 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Pain: I was dealing with chronic back pain in my L3 to L5 due to arthritis. I tried different therapies. When my doctor and I found out I'm limited on the type of therapy I can do (long, different story), we discussed pain therapy. I take 900mg of this per day along with 10 mg of Oxycontin twice a day and I am back to my regular routine. I still wake up with minimal back pain but that soon goes away after I'm up and moving around. The added benefit is I also have restless leg syndrome, so I kill two birds at once. And I didn't even know it helped the Restless Legs Syndrome when my doctor prescribed it. I truly hope my good fortune with this medicine continues for a long time.

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November 6, 2012 9:58 PM
Review by Youphemism (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Pain: Dosage: 300mg 3 times a day So far, this med seems to be very effective in reducing pain in my shoulder and arm, with few side effects. Although it makes me a little tired, I also seem to get good sleep while taking it. An MRI showed a bone spur on my 6th vertebra. A nerve test showed damage at the 5th vertebra. I'm currently scheduled for surgery -- the pain suddenly spiked and had me popping Vicodin all day. I started taking Gabapentin at that point. Over the next two weeks, I was able to phase out all Vicodin except one in the morning. (If I didn't take that one, it just kept barking all day until I gave in.) After two more weeks, I was able to stop taking the Vicodin entirely. I may now postpone the surgery and try physical therapy

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October 14, 2012 4:25 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
3.0

gabapentin for Anxiety: The first four days it left me in a daze, but with the more time that passed the less it seemed to affect/help me.

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October 12, 2012 1:43 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have been taking Tramadol for RLS for three years. It worked absolutely wonderfully, and any time I ran out or stopped for some reason, I had no withdrawal symptoms at all. Also, I never felt like I was dependent on it, nor addicted to it. It helps that this is a non-narcotic medication. At the beginning of this year, my doctor added gabapentin 300mg/night. With this combination, I must say, I have never had a more restful night's sleep in my entire life. I wake up refreshed, not groggy at all, and ready to hop right out of bed and take on the day and the world.

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October 10, 2012 10:57 PM
Review by Rushn (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: Side effect of cluster headaches. Gets worse if I don't stick to every 8 hrs dosage. I'm frustrated because one neurologist and my pop are treating me for nerve damage, but another neurologist says my pain is muscular. He can't explain why I have tingling in my arms and legs. I was considering tapering off the gabapentin 3x 300 mg) based on the 2nd neorolgist, but the pain is unbearable.

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October 2, 2012 10:10 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Migraine: When I first started taking this medication, the neurologist told me to just take it with each meal, that it didn't have to be exactly 8 hours between. Wrong! My migraines got worse and I couldn't stand it. I increased from 100 to 300 mg, every 8 hours (I set the alarm on my phone, even at night), and headaches are gone...for the most part. I was having migraines 4-5 days per week, and now they are minor intensity and only one every 1-2 weeks. I have been doing this for a few months now. This week I noticed my hair thinning, not sure if it is related.

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September 18, 2012 10:37 PM
Review by GreyFox72 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Restless Legs Syndrome: My restless legs symptoms were 90 cleared up immediately upon the first dosage. The relief comes quickly and I can take a second dose right away if symptoms persist.

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September 17, 2012 3:31 PM
Review by Kimbo44 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Anxiety: At the beginning of the year, I was diagnosed this medicine for headaches, not anxiety. I did not even tell my doctor about my anxiety since I was used to dealing with it for years on my own. After only a few doses, my headaches were controlled and even better my anxiety was gone! I felt better than I have in years and had control of my life again! I only take a few doses around my menstrual cycle because that's when the worst headaches occur. I will still feel anxiety in certain situations but not in every day life. I'm not a big fan of any pills but I signed up for this site to share my experience with this medicine and hope it works for others as well!

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