User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin
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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For Anxiety: "I wasn't sure about how anxious I was on a daily basis. I tried to self medicate with nicotine and caffeine but the caffeine just added to my anxiety..I was put on 100mg twice a day as needed. I like this med. My anxiety has decreased by at least 30 to 40%. Just after my first dose. I am going to take gabapentin every 8 hours from now on. That should cover me during the day at evening. That leaves me with 8 hours of sleep in which I don't need the medication. My doc said I can take up to 200mg at a time but I am not sure if I am going to do that. I don't wanna be on such a high dose. Things are slightly better than they were before I took the pill and for now, it's all I need."
kretsim October 27, 2014
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For : "I slipped a disc in my back in May 2006 at the age of 17. My doctor prescribed 900mg of Gabapentin (300mg 3x daily) to decrease the amount of inflammation, which was causing severe back pain, and the loss of feeling in my feet and legs. It is now October 2014 and I am still taking it. My doctor recently increased my dosage to 1200mg daily (600mg 2x daily), due to rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in my hands. This medicine is amazing! Such a God send. When I take it regularly, I have almost no symptoms from my back injury and have only a little soreness and stiffness in my hands."
Anameleth (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 25, 2014
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For Insomnia: "I've been struggling with anxiety and depression for about 5 months now, so my doctor put me on Lexapro. When I went back, they prescribed me a higher dosage, causing me not to sleep but maybe 3 hours all together throughout the night. I told my doctor and she gave me Neurontin 200mg and it has helped me very much! It does work the way I expected. It doesn't just help you sleep, it lets you rest! And that is what I surely did need."
Riebayy October 25, 2014
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For Fibromyalgia: "My new doctor just prescribed Neurontin. For the first time in years, I had a good night's sleep and woke up with less pain and stiffness. It's the first "Good morning" I can truly say. Only 300 mg dosage. Thrilled. My previous doctor tried other medications, always an epic failure. My new doctor listened to my "story", paid attention, and believed me when I brought up my Fibromyalgia."
tangodancer101 October 24, 2014
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For Neuropathic Pain: "Ive got 2 slipped discs in my lower back resting on nerves and effecting my bladder.I was in agony for 6 mths and was given drugs that didnt help at all,just recently ive been put on pregabline an gabapentine and the pain has gone but without them I'd b in agony but the drugs do make me feel like I'm drunk and carnt walk and my vision an memory short term bt better than being in the agony I was in."
charlie.... October 23, 2014
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For Bipolar Disorder: "Neurontin has been a life saver for me. I've been taking it for 8 years since my first time I was in a drug rehab center. My doctor started giving me neurontin as a mood stabilizer and said that it helps with opioid and heroin withdrawal symptoms. And he was absolutely right. I have been on so many medications and neurontin is definitely the best med I have taken for my symptoms. I recommend this to anyone who has the problem tht I do."
chrissy3520 October 19, 2014
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For Postherpetic Neuralgia: "After having shingles (most painful experience I have ever had) the nerve pain came and I didn't know there was help. Went to follow up appointment and they gave me Gabapentin and IT WORKED. I am still on and will stay on as I feel it is allowing me to live life. I have been out of work after 2 weeks in hospital and the recovery with nerve pain since 8-6-14 returning 11-13-14 and saying prayers I can live normally. Side effects worth the good effects. Remembering a word, stuttering, dizzy, blurred vision I'll take it over the pain any day. I am NOT a medicine person, it is the only medicine I take at 57 years old. Worth a try for sure."
Blessedgranny October 19, 2014
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For Hot Flashes: "I was lucky enough to find this "off purpose" use for Gabapentin while searching for something else entirely ! I can honestly say the results are astonishingly great...I no longer feel as though I'm being microwaved 20 times a day. Additionally, it has helped me be much less fearful/tentative when driving on the freeway to and from work. I am normally very "tightly wound", and I now truly understand what it feels like to be calm and without that constant, nagging worry feeling. This is a game-changer for me !!"
DDG23 (taken for less than 1 month) October 16, 2014
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For Pain: "I was diagnosed with neck hernia on c5/c6 with arthritis and Gabapentin (paired with Physical Therapy exercises foam roller) truly helped out. The one interesting thing about Gabapentin is that it somehow knocked out my anxiety as well. It was real nice to be able to take a medicine which left me with no side effects but also improved on another condition. I found out that taking Gabapentin with soda (I use Ginger-Ale) actually helps absorb it better than taking it with water. My dosage was 3600mg per day. It's worth mentioning that you probably shouldn't drive when you take Gabapentin. Every human is different so try it out, see what works for you. This medicine has the ability to make things appear more 'vivid' while enhancing music/sound as well."
Bosnacium October 5, 2014
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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "Neurontin helped a lot with my severe restless leg syndrome & some with my chronic back pain. However, the 2 times it was tried on me over the years I had the bad side effect of doing things in my sleep I was unaware of! I once microwaved a remote & the house was filled with smoke! Also, would find bathroom towels in a kitchen cupboard, boxed food in the fridge, ect. So, even though it was helpful-had to quit using due to those side effects!"
grammyb (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2014
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