User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Gabapentin review summary

6.7/10 Average Rating

26 Ratings with 16 User Reviews

Compare all 35 medications used in the treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.

Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

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Review by Vannii:

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1.0

I was put on this this for Diabetic nerve pain. The starting dose was 300mg twice a day. On the starting dose, I found I was slightly moody, had some stomach problems and the nerve pain was just as bad as ever, if not continuing to get worse. My Dr raised the dose to 600 twice a day and I became someone I did not even know. I was extremely moody, angry, difficult to be around. HORRID! It also effected my stomach more. I would eat, even just a small amount and have stomach pain, vomiting and so on. It got so bad I simply stopped eating. I simply lost the desire to eat, despite feeling hungry. Started having trouble with vision and intense headaches as well. There has to be another option. I can't live like this.

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September 6, 2014 1:34 AM

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

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9.0

I was originally prescribed this medicine because of numbness I had in my feet. I was an alcoholic for about 10 years and had some nerve damage done to my feet. As part of quitting I sought help for the side effects of new sobriety. This medicine makes the pain from numbness go away almost completely. I can finally wear any type of shoes that I want. I also have an issue with anxiety as my body chemistry had been impacted highly from addiction. This medicine helps me keep a calm and cool head. I take other things such as Atarax and Trazodone but I notice a big difference if I don't take my Gabapentin. It makes my anxiety stay at a certain level and not escalate into anger and compulsiveness.

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August 27, 2014 9:29 AM

Review by Screwyjohn62649 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

I was on Gabapentin and there was 3 other medications that caused some of the same side effects and after a few years it stopped helping. I stopped it for about 2 months and now the pain in my legs are back. I started taking 2 capsules a day and the pain in my legs are a lot better. Problem is the unsteadiness, can't hold things and drop them, This is after I took it for one day and this is happening on day two. May just take it when the pain becomes unbearable. I get it from the VA so I don't know if they have any other medication that treats the same problem and if so will ask to be given it for awhile to see if it works. VA covers my expense after billing my outside insurance first then cover the rest for service connected.

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April 21, 2014 10:06 PM

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

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10

I had two major surgeries last year. A total hip and a total knee while in rehab for the total knee. I started experiencing diabetic neuropathy. The doctor gave me 900 mgs daily for it. I can tell you it was a great improvement and was very pleased. The 1st of the year I tried a herbal medicine and it didn't work. I did give it a month. I am now back on the gabapentin. I am so thankful for it, never will I go without it.

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April 15, 2014 1:22 AM

Review by toddwest:

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9.0

This drug does wonders for the neuropathy in my feet and hand. I take 1800mg a day, it brings the pain to were I can live with it.

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February 25, 2014 11:31 AM

Review by M. Rich. (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

I take 900 mgs a day. It makes the burning sensation in my hands and feet go away. But the pain in my shoulders and arms is still present and the side effects are worse than the disease!!! I experience tremors, blurred vision, loss of memory, dizziness and drowsiness. I'm a mother of three and I can hardly function, but I do anyway. I still have very little use of my left side. If my neurologist thinks it's best, then who am I to argue. It does work. But for ME, the side effects are a tad bit annoying for a full time mom.

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February 7, 2014 10:47 AM

Review by JAN64:

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8.0

Feet had severe pain, legs were jumping at night. Dr. put me on 300mg per evening per day. My feet and legs are much much better and able to sleep during the night. After 3 weeks, I feel like a new person, able to walk in Home Depot and Wal Mart without the motorized buggy. Also check your vitamin D level. This has been a miracle to me, I was not willing to give up a good life yet, now I feel I have my life back.

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December 2, 2013 1:08 PM

Review by Clouise:

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6.0

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 Moo moo (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

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 Barbara ann 35:

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8.0

I am using this for severe pain from a botched lung surgery for pneumonia. Have been using Percocet & Oxycontin but all they did was irritate the pain. I startied using this when I figured out that my surgery had caused nerve damage. I was in so much pain so I took double the dosage & felt like I was on an acid trip...it wasn't fun...but now I use it as prescribed and it helps. My pain is way down. Makes me drowsy but it is worth it.

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February 28, 2012 9:10 AM

Review by mom in anxiety hades:

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6.0

I take this medication for diabetic nerve damage. Today my son just had it prescribed for severe anxiety. His social anxiety is so severe he doesn't leave the house unless he had a dose of Klonopin or two. He is not able to work because of his intense panic and he vomits from intense nausea. When he told me the doctor prescribed him this medicine I started researching. I'm glad to hear good things and am hoping this will truly help him.

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November 11, 2011 6:26 AM

Review by Anonymous:

Neurontin (gabapentin): Immediate relief from foot pain. I CAN WALK AGAIN!

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October 28, 2011 6:38 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

Neurontin (gabapentin): Reduces the pain in my feet and legs due to diabetic neuropathy. Been on it for a little over one year.

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August 28, 2010 10:52 PM

Review by brok341:

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9.0

I had severe skin neuropathy pain, so severe I would rate it a 8.5 - 9 out of 10.. I heard about a new clinical study using gabapentin and nortriptyline for neuropathic pain. When I was only on gabapentin, no reduction in pain.. then saw study, asked my doctor and was put on 30 mg Cymbalta. Within three days felt a substantial reduction in pain to a 0.5 - 1 most days, sometimes a 2. No longer had to use pain killers like Tylenol 3! Unbelievable, the combination of the two drugs works on neuropathic pain like you wouldn't believe.

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January 3, 2010 8:07 PM

Review by bhutch1294:

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1.0

Gabarone (gabapentin): Side effects I had were light tremors in the morning and bad headaches, they eventually went away, but the medicine did not do anything for my pain.

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December 29, 2009 2:21 AM

Review by bhutch1294:

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3.0

This did help a little with my nerve pain, but I got severe headaches and tremors from it. Unfortunatly the side effects were far worse then the little bit of relief it gave.

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December 22, 2009 7:56 PM

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