User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin
For Neuropathic Pain: "I was prescribed gabapentin 900 mg a day primarily for neuropathic pain generated from several spinal nerves in my cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine. I'm in a lot less pain. I'm a little lightheaded and dizzy, but food and plenty of fluids help with that. I'm also used to it from a brain condition I have."
Ally84 (taken for less than 1 month) March 25, 2015
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For Hot Flashes: "I was prescribed Neurontin to treat neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. The chemo had also caused menopause, and that was accompanied by numerous and horrible hot flashes and night sweats. I honestly felt like I was going to spontaneously combust. While on the Neurontin, the hot flashes were reduced, but I did not make a connection to the med, and when I was taken off of it (because it wasn't effective for my neuropathy), the hot flashes returned with a vengeance. While searching online for alternative remedies for hot flashes (I can't take HRT due to cancer), I learned that Neurontin was effective and I made the connection from my previous use of the med. I went back on it (300mgx3) and the hot flashes are under control again."
Tylalla (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 20, 2015
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For Anxiety: "I've been dealing with anxiety my entire adult life (I'm 29). Finally, after a long period of unemployment, I was able to get insurance, and began seeing a psychiatrist. Despite complaining about panic attacks, he prescribed Wellbutrin (buproprion) for my depression (which I'm realizing is more likely ADHD-PI, so the doc was at least half right in prescribing the bupropion.). This greatly exacerbated my anxiety, to the point I was having more panic attacks in a week than I was previously having in a month. With gabapentin 3x100mg daily, as needed, that's no longer the case. My quality of life is much improved."
SoFoRill (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 18, 2015
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For Neuropathic Pain: "I was given 300mg of Gabapentin to take at night (I also take 400mg daily of Carbamezapine). The Gaba is v. strong & knocks me out, but since it's @ night it's not so bad. Completely by accident I discovered how depressed I was, because these pills are giving me a new lease of life. My negativity and suicidal tendencies have all gone pretty much. I'm more focused, happy & get on with things. Side effects I get: tiredness, mild confusion/forgetfulness and a hand twitch that makes me almost drop things. P.S. I'm from UK so no insurance I pay scripts. yearly"
RJay001 March 17, 2015
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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have a nerve in my left foot that goes crazy at night. It doesn't bother me during the day. Without Gabapentin I would get practically no sleep. But, I have had to increase the dosage over time to get relief. I started five years ago at 900 mg a day. But, now it takes 4200 to 5400 mg a day to shut it down, but I only take it at night (between 6 pm and 3:00 AM). I can't take it during the day - makes me too tired. The main side effect that really bothers me is poor balance - you can walk "right." But, the podiatrist can't find the nerve. If she could find it she could just go in and shut it down. That's where I'm at - as soon as she shuts that thing down I'll get off these pills and get back to a normal life."
johnnybrez (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 11, 2015
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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "At a lower dosage, this worked well for my husband's diabetic foot pain. A higher dosage switch caused him to lose 4 days of memory, during which he was confused, completely off balance, at times delusional, dizzy, as well as talked and walked and ate in his sleep. We will be discussing this with his GP. He went from a 300 mg to an 800 mg. "
Mike's wife (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 10, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "I was on every type of class of bi-polar medications and the side effects were worse than the condition. I have been taking gabapentin at night for a year now and I love it. It does not make me fuzzy or groggy the next day and my moods are manageable most of the time. In the long term, I prefer gabapentin."
kayeLo March 8, 2015
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For Insomnia: "I did not sleep well for a over 30 years. Took Ambien for 15 years. Doctor hopped until my new doc prescribed gabapentin for restless leg & other things. I now sleep better than I have ever slept. It has changed my life. I dream & can concentrate. Wonderful."
Joy yoy (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2015
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For Anxiety: "Never though of reviewing a med, I do this just for Gabapentin being so great. I've tryed a lot before: Zoloft, Remeron, all types of benzos. I've kept a very bad opinion on them all, especially SSRi's - damn soul and sex killers. Benzos get addictive in the long run. But Gabapentin works like a charm, literally. Takes the edgyness of the days away, most inhibitions and anxiety, gives me the drive to do things and enjoy what i'm doing, I got faithful and... happy (after I almost forgot how it can be constantly felt). FInal note: if taken not too often (like once a week) it can be quite recreational in doses around 1200 mg. I usually take about 600-900 daily, but cut off some times to get the higher reward days later, as tolerance drops."
SoulSeeker (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 6, 2015
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For Neuropathic Pain: "I had an intermittent stabbing pain in my thigh that was so painful that it would drop me to the ground. It was so intense that I would stress about it coming back. The only way I could describe it was like be struck by lightening for 10-15 seconds. When I saw my doctor, I was prescribed gabapentin for nerve pain. After the first time I took the pill, the pain was gone. It was a miracle for me! I was worried about possible side effects, even though I knew they were minimal. I took the pill at night so I wouldn't be affected by drowsiness. I had no side effects until I tried going off of the medication a few months later. A couple of days after my last pill, I had a few intense dizzy spells, but it was short lived and worth being pain free."
lyn22222 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 5, 2015
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For Hot Flashes: "I started gabapentin for nerve pain. My hot flashes stopped after having them for 5 years. It's been a miracle for me, my doctor hadn't heard it worked for hot flashes, but I can't go back to hot flashes that left me with sweat running down my face in the grocery store line or having to have my bedroom at 50 degrees at night so I could sleep somewhat comfortably at night."
Pcarp (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 3, 2015
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For Insomnia: "I have idiopathic insomnia as well as sleep apnea. Although the CPAP helps the apnea, I still was waking up every hour or two during the night, never getting a restful night sleep. Then I was prescribed gabapentin for nerve pain and discovered that it also works for my sleep. I wake rested and have much more energy. Apparently GABA helps increase slow wave sleep so I am dreaming more also."
Very helpful (taken for less than 1 month) February 28, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "It's changed my life. I can finally function with bipolar. I'm sleeping, calm, productive and I am not indecisive about everything everyday. I'm not drowsy and I can get up on time for work. I'm 45- it's been a 20 year struggle without it."
Ms maryland (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 27, 2015
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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: "Was placed on Gabapentin 30 days ago 100 mg 3 times a day for neuropathy of hands and feet. Also have severe agoraphobia with panic attacks. Most hand and leg pain much better. Remarkable is that I can now leave my house and do my own grocery shopping. Only possible side effect is I have no sleep pattern now. I sleep when tired and wake when rested. Can be in bed at 10 a.m. or 6 a.m sleep just about any time and wake 8 to 10 hours later. Yesterday I fell asleep at 6 a.m. I got up at 7 p.m. day before I fell asleep at 11 p.m. and got up at 930 a.m. See doctor in 2 days, will ask what can be done. I can't take sleeping pills because they and Valium do exactly the reverse in my body. I took Ambien 1 time, was up 2 days. Ambien also causes restless legs syndrome."
vet1 February 24, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "Worked for the first 3 months I took it. Went up gradually to 400mg 3x a day. After this time was up was when I was increased due to the mood swings becoming a lot worse. If only it worked for longer!!"
Tjmzz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 23, 2015
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For Trigeminal Neuralgia: "I have had TN since 1997, and remember only needing 100 mg tid for years...but had to gradually increase that as the pain got more frequent and stronger. I am now taking 800 tid, and if the flare is bad, my neurologist says to take it 4 times a day. It is still helping control the pain, and I have been able to work and live normally. My dentist lets me cancel & reschedule if I'm having a flare. I even have some Emla cream to put carefully on the facial area that is most sensitive. There is also something called Warm Skin that a person can use in the winter, if you live in a cold region. That helps, too. I went to one national mtg and a woman was selling scarves with small pockets in them, to put handwarmer packets in! I'm glad I bought one."
Les J. (taken for 10 years or more) February 20, 2015
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For Anxiety: "I am 25 years old and I have suffered from social anxiety for my whole life. To cope with anxiety I became addicted to opiates. I am now in rehab and my doctor has changed my meds many times. I have been on gabapentin for almost a month I don't feel any changes yet. She says it may take up to a month for this medicine to start working. I am on 300 mg three times a day A long with other antidepressants and Suboxone to treat my opiate addiction. I wish I could get on Xanax because it is the only thing that helps with my anxiety, but because I am an addict my doctor will not prescribe me any medications that I may become addicted to or I should say that give me a high sort of feeling. The only difference is I feel like a zombie."
Candy0415 February 19, 2015
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For Anxiety: "I am 43. I started taking Gabapentin for neuropathy in my feet, 500mg a day. It really took the tingly pain away. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, I stopped it, since I was on so many painkillers I didn't think I needed it. Then I began to experience severe anxiety and hopelessness, racing negative thoughts, I didn't know what to do. I had heard that Gabapentin helped with anxiety, so I went back on it, and it is INCREDIBLE! at 600mg a day, I feel calm, chatty, and able to live in the moment. I'm a little clumsy, but I am SO grateful that Gabapentin has this mood stabilizing effect on me, and it worked the first day back on it. Now I can just live my life without anxiety, and I can take less narcotics now too, yet feel even better!"
Ignatz (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 15, 2015
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For Fibromyalgia: "I take 4 doses of 300mg Gabapentin every day, and it completely interrupts my regular daily pain cycle. It is also an excellent analgesic enhancer when taken with other pain meds. No side effects that other than mild sedation, and nothing like brain-numbing Lyrica."
Tradeguy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 13, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "After taking Lamitcal (250mg) for a 8 months or so to address my highly recurrent depressive episode, I realized I was still feeling agitated/annoyed/worried/anxious etc. Psych prescribed a low dose (100-300mg, up to 3x/day) to take as needed. I take it when I know something stressful, or a stressful part of my week, will be coming up. It seems to 'just work,' subtly within 30 minutes. It works so well and it is so subtle that I more than half wonder if it's all just the placebo effect. However it works, I'm happy to have found a chill pill that has no side effects, is non-habit forming and can be taken as needed rather than feeling enslaved to it."
AndyBoBandy February 11, 2015
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For Anxiety: "Have tried every antidepressant on the planet, not working for anxiety. My doc gave me gabapenton 300mg twice a day, no help. I tried by mistake (long story) 600mg at once and it works! I discovered it works for about 6 hours, so now I take 600mg twice a day. That gets me through the day. I pray it keeps working."
ScottM99 February 10, 2015
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For Migraine: "My Neuro put me on Gabapentin 300m every night, and I went from chronic migraines 3-5 a mth, to only 1-2 a month. If I take my Sumatriptan as soon as I feel a migraine coming on (along with ice bag rotating on my head) it goes away within an hour or two. Miracle medications! They have saved my life!"
DallasGrl77 February 6, 2015
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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I needed neck surgery in 2009. I had the surgery, but after a couple of months, I begin to hurt all over and was so stiff it took me hours to get my routine going. I had trouble at work with horrible pain. I finally found a doctor that would listen to me. He put me on 3600mg, and as long as I take it on time and stay on the schedule I am good to go. I am so glad because my job is in law enforcement and I have to be on my toes in the jail. This medication is a God sent. It's not a narcodic. I hope this note gives everyone a better quality of life,."
hcso February 3, 2015
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For Anxiety: "Very good medicine. Taking 200 to 300mg daily for anxiety, racing thoughts, poor sleep etc. Have been on lamotrigine and risperidone for supposed BPD for years. Everything they can't get rid of, gabapentin does. Never realized there was still so much room for improvement! One other thing. For me, MSG or any free glutamate sets off severe anxiety and migraines. Some of you may have similar problem, so think about your diet too. For me gabapentin provides fast relief from a 'meal mistake'. Benzodiazepines worked pretty well for me, but now that I have this, bye bye. I used to use alcohol more than I should, but now don't feel the need too."
headcase2 (taken for less than 1 month) January 31, 2015
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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I am sharing, because I have been searching all over to see if anyone else had experience with restless legs syndrome and gabapentin following an injury. Last year I got hit by a car, broke my femur (in half). Besides the injury I suffered from EXTREME swelling in my lower leg, that often comes with this kind of injury. I also suffered what is called a Morel Lavelle lesion, a very mean injury by itself. All this caused the onset of RLS and the surgeon put me on gabapentin, been taking it for about 10 months. I have tied to reduce it, but no such luck, the sensation without it is crazy. So glad he did and that there is medication to control it."
Stuttgart Lady (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 29, 2015
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