User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Review by cluelsscat (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Migraine: I just started taking this medication as a preventive migraine treatment this month/August 2012. I am so impressed. I did have one migraine starting and what is usually a 10 on the pain scale was only about a 3-4, and all I did was take a Percocet 5mg for the pain, got a really hot shower to relax my muscles, took one of my Imitrex Nasal Sprays, laid down, went to sleep and it was totally gone when I woke up in a few hours. YAY! Another positive for Neurontin for me is that I get a lot of neck, shoulder, back pain and with this medicine I have not had to take additional pain pills (Vicodin, etc.) as everything feels 'muted' and very tolerable. Also, I have cut down from 10 mg to 5 mg on my Ambien and I am working to get off this.

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August 22, 2012 9:41 AM
Review by farrelldoc (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Gralise (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: I have nerve damage caused by surgery for removal of a Bartholin's Gland cyst. The nerve damage causes me constant pain, when untreated, from a scale of 8-10. The Gralise (along with Norco) makes it tolerable and in the mornings, sometimes my pain goes all the way down to a 4 (not every morning). The side effects I have are dizziness, inability to find words, blurred vision, and, strangely (because of where my pain is), increased libido. I can't even sit in a chair, yet all I think about all day is sex. The Grailise has helped a lot with my pain, but I only rated it an eight because of all of the potential side effects. As soon as my doctor finds another treatment (like a nerve block), I'm going to get off of it.

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August 19, 2012 3:52 PM
Review by Rosentrekker (taken for 5 to 10 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Trigeminal Neuralgia: I am now 79, but had trigeminal neuralgia attacks for at least 35 years. I would get an unprictable jabbing pain on either the right or the left side of my face about once or twice a year. For years I did not know what caused it and simply toughed it out. It was usually gone after about a week or so. About ten years ago I mentioned it to my family doc who sent me to a nerve specialist. He diagnosed it right away and prescribed Neurontin. Now, when I feel the first jab coming on, I take one or 2 pills and follow it up with additional pills until the pain goes away, usually in 2 or 3 days.

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August 19, 2012 1:41 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I have diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia. I could barely walk when I started taking this medicine 4 years ago. The first two weeks were difficult as I felt like I was "high" but that wore off. I am now up to max dose 1200mg 3x per day. If I miss a dose the pain is INTENSE. I try not to ever do that. It makes me a bit chatty so we've affectionately nicknamed it "gabby".

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August 2, 2012 2:45 PM
Review by mr mustard (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Anxiety: Gabapentin has been a God send for me. I have taken several of the benzos for my anxiety and I have a very negative opinion of them. Gabapentin removes my anxiety and allows me to be completely alert and focused at work. It allows me to be friendly and outgoing but at the same time calm. I have tons of energy everyday and sleep really well at night. I started taking gabapentin for nerve damage in my left arm about 2 years ago. Immediately I noticed it to be an extremely effective medication for worry and anxiety. I believe it to be a perfect medication for me. I never want to stop taking it. Makes me feel "normal".

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August 1, 2012 2:01 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Insomnia: This has been the only medicine to help with my insomnia and I've tried a lot. Unfortunately, I'm finding I'm also irritable most of the day since I've ramped up to 3 pills per day. I'm cutting back to two to see if that helps that side.

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August 1, 2012 3:03 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: I was recovering from alcoholism and I couldn't sleep because of inexplicable pain in my legs. I may have been masking the pain by drinking before I decided to quit. In any event, the pain was driving me crazy and after 3 months I relapsed just so I could sleep. Finally my doctor prescribed Neurontin and the pain was gone. I slept soundly and now I haven't had drink in 5 years. So you could say Neurontin saved my life.

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July 28, 2012 8:20 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
7.0

gabapentin for Pain: Gabapentin eliminated almost all the pain I have had for eight years due to a staph infection from heart surgery. However, after a few days I developed an irregular heartbeat and had to quit taking it. I called my Doctor who said the gabapentin could not cause the irregular heartbeat, so I started taking it again. It worked wonders for the pain, but after a few days the irregular heartbeat reappears. I would love to be able to take gabapentin because it is a great pain reliever but I can't deal with the irregular heartbeat.

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July 25, 2012 2:30 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
1.0

gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: Started with 300mg at night with no significant improvement in symptoms. Second week 300mg night, 300mg day. The daytime dose knocked me out, feeling drowsy, dizzy and fuzzy thinking. Cut back the daytime dose to approximately 150mg - same results. On top of that the burning and tingling got worse. Doc had me stop all medicines. Glad that many get wonderful results, but not me. (By the way I'm not diabetic, no thyroid problems and no alcohol use).

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July 18, 2012 9:31 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I have fibromyalgia and severe arthritis. This medicine is the only thing I have taken that relieves some of the pain and makes life tolerable. I take 300mg, three times a day and will be increasing to six times daily shortly. The drowsiness side effect is somewhat bothersome but doable. My main complaint about it is that I have what I call drifting thoughts and they are very abstract thoughts. I have learned to somewhat manage them but am worried that they will increase with the increased dosage as will the drowsiness.

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July 10, 2012 2:13 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: Very good response with pain and stiffness. Added to fibro-fog. This has been very well tolerated with nothing more than a little itching when ready for next dose. A little sleepy late afternoon, I have sensitivities to MANY medicines with weird side effects. I have had nothing but good experience with gabapentin! I would recommend this.

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June 28, 2012 1:36 PM
Review by Li-Li (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Restless Legs Syndrome: I have severe Degenerative disc Disease and Arthritis in my spine and my legs jump at night. I have been on everything and this medicine was literally a lifesaver for me. I can now sleep through the night and do not wake up feeling groggy or doped. I wish I had this medicine 2 years ago.

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June 25, 2012 2:05 PM
Review by 1fig (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Pain: This is amazing medication. It works! It will take around 4-6 weeks (for me it was 4.5 weeks) and then you will notice the pain is greatly reduced. I've read some reviews here that say they are pain free. I didn't believe it when I first started this medicine but I sure do now! I take Tramadol with the Gabapentin. I purposely didn't state the doses because everyone is different, so its not important. I tend to be somewhere about average. Yes, there are side effects, this is a powerful medicine, so it's to be expected. Not much else I can say except it has changed my life. I literally felt like someone gave me a new lease on life!

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June 19, 2012 2:24 PM
Review by Vog112 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin for Bipolar Disorder: I use Gabapentin 1200 mg since 2 weeks for my rapid cycling bipolar. Since one week I feel stable as I have never been for 10 years. It is early to say but it seems to be helpful. It is very difficult condition and difficult for treatment too. I was suffering a lot, but now I just enjoy to my life. I eat normal and also I am calmer. Also I use Depakote and Effexor, a little dose Wellbutrin and Seroquel. I have very mild mood changes now.

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June 16, 2012 3:15 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
6.0

gabapentin for Bipolar Disorder: I want to ask if gabapentin works in small doses. I take 300 mg 2 times, but I feel for 4 hours pushed down, but I can do my homework. I take also as stabilizer Depakote 2000 mg, but I'm not stable only with Depakote, so my doctor told me to try gabapentin.

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June 8, 2012 9:51 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin for Fibromyalgia: I took this medicine yesterday for the very first time and wow! The sharp, shooting pains disappeared! I felt some joint tightness in my neck still but that was nothing, compared to the pain I was in before I took it...Within a couple hours I had an enormous amount of energy! I hope it continues to work this way...

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June 7, 2012 9:18 AM
Review by daily strength (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
7.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Fibromyalgia: It has not been easy but I am not giving up on it yet. Hang in there people.

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June 6, 2012 3:15 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: Short term memory dysfunction and concentration problems.

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May 30, 2012 9:54 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Migraine: I have taken Neurontin for several years, I still get headaches but I find them much more manageable and when I do get one I take Imitrex/Excedrin. My main trigger is hard fragrances, now if I could just find a way to avoid that, I think that Neurontin would be all I need.

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May 29, 2012 12:52 PM
Review by Killerbug (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
1.0

gabapentin for Peripheral Neuropathy: Took for several months with no improvement to the peripheral neuropathy. In fact the symptoms have increased in severity. It does make me drowsy which helps with insomnia, but I really need something to control the spreading numbness.

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May 24, 2012 11:57 AM
Review by larenb7894 (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
10

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Anxiety: Neurontin has changed my life dramatically. I suffered from high anxiety with panic and anxiety attacks. I started this medicine at about 19 and had been off and on it the past 13 years. It literally has made me a new person. When I don't use it I notice a lot of fatigue, worry, anxiety, etc. When I am using this medication, I can concentrate on the better side of things and am not so negative. In the beginning it did have some side effects such as a "loopy" feeling. Over time that did pass, and now gives me energy to get through the day. I am on 300mg 3 x day. I can also sleep much easier, and my carpal tunnel syndrome is dramatically better. Before I felt very snappy and impatient, now I handle things with a much more calm disposition. Love it.

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May 24, 2012 12:49 AM
Review by Rogee (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Pain: I suffer from cervical spinal stenosis. I had been on 4 a day Vicodin for 2 years. I wanted to get off this desperately. Recently my doctor prescribed gabapentin. I have now been on it for almost two weeks, and now have more mobility and range in my neck. For years it was hard for me to drive and look over my shoulder, left or right. Since being on this I am now able to look right or left almost 90 degrees without the pain I used to experience. I will say the pain or "feeling" is still there but not near the pain it used to be. Being on the medicine for only 2 weeks I have noticed it "wears" out in between doses but doctor informed me the increase in milligrams will help with that!

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May 18, 2012 12:16 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years):

gabapentin for Anxiety: I call this the "miracle" pill. Have been treated for depression/anxiety for many years, when a unexpected major life event occurred. I didn't sleep for more than an hour or two for nearly 8 weeks before finally deciding I needed additional medical help. After getting gabapentin and taking it for one day, I felt so much better, less tense, my insides were not knotted up and I slept all night the very next day. With no lingering side effects the next day.

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May 10, 2012 11:51 AM
Review by skidline (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin for Pain: I have a herniated disc at C6 and a pinched nerve that shoots pain down my left arm. I started taking Neurontin 300 mg once a day for a week, then two a day the 2nd week, and now 3 a day. I'm a local truck driver, so reading your reviews had me worried. When I started this medicine, my Doc also started me on Robaxin. Everything was okay until the 2nd week. I got the high feeling for about that whole day. Then the third week, same thing. I stopped taking the Robaxin cause it leaves me groggy and unfocused. I have ALMOST no pain in my arm after 3 weeks on Neurontin, even after I stopped taking the Robaxin. This medicine is awesome. I had doubts about its effectiveness until reading your comments. Thank you everyone. It doesn't affect my driving ability after I stopped the Robaxin.

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April 28, 2012 8:31 PM
Review by BadLeg (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
5.0

Neurontin (gabapentin) for Migraine: Neurontin was prescribed for migraine. After taking 1 x 100mg capsule my migraine was gone within 8 hours. The downside was my lymphedema leg developed a cellulitis problem. The cellulitis was due to the allergic reaction to Neurontin.

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