User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Fibromyalgia
"After a nightmare of narcotic meds for my fibro I was put on 900mg a day of gabapentin. It didn't work right away, and I wanted to stop taking it. My doctor explained that it sometimes works like an anti depressant can: slowly. She told me to keep at it. Slowly I began to realize that I felt way better! My pain had eased, my sleep was more regular. I haven't experienced any side effects at all. It it is such a mild medicine and one I thank God for everyday. I am at a 1200mg a day dose and will probably increase that slowly as the need arises. I encourage anyone with fibromyalgia to try this med. It may not be narcotic, but it helps!! And thats all that matters."
Pearlee214 June 28, 2015
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"I have been taking Gabapentin for about 3 months. It has decreased my pain tremendously. I take 600mg twice a day for Fibromyalgia. But some of the side effects are bothersome. If I take it on an empty stomach I am ok. But if I eat with in 5 hours of taking it I become dizzy and feel drunk. Because of my family and work obligations some times I have to skip a dose so I can function properly. Also I have trouble with my memory. I am a huge trivia buff but right now it is hard for me to remember anything, I have not put on much weight but it does seem that after I take a dose and eat then I am hungry and can not get full. So I have to choose, pain and no side effects or no pain and feeling and acting drunk. I choose no pain."
Derfleederdeeder June 18, 2015
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"I am 49 and been suffering with fibromyalgia for years. I have been disabled because of it. Six weeks ago I had the worst flare up in years and the pain was so overwhelming I barely left the house. I got a new doctor who gave me Gabapentin and started me out on the lowest dose possible. I had never heard of it but assumed because of the low dose, 100 mg to start with it would take a while to feel any effects. I woke up the next morning almost pain free. I felt like I won the lottery. I don't understand what or why it worked so fast but I thank God for it. I do have drowsiness but it's well worth it. I have had some pain some then and am still building up my dosage but my quality of life has improved drastically in just a few days."
NinaRenee June 10, 2015
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"I've been on 600 mg in the morning (an hour or more before I get out of bed) and 1200 mg. at 6:30 p.m. for a bedtime of 10:00 p.m. In almost a month I've had a return of my "can do" attitude, a reduction in pain, a seeming improvement in memory and the greatest sleep in years. Unfortunately I've also had a 16 pound weight gain. I am already obese, so this is a huge problem. It breaks my heart because for the first time in 27 years I've been excited to have a flower garden again. Before that I had no interest because even the thought of it was too overwhelming due to pain. Dizziness was a very bad problem at first but I was down in bed anyway for other problems so it didn't matter to me. That wore off (mostly) in three weeks."
dresan (taken for less than 1 month) May 8, 2015
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"Chronic finger twitching. I use this drug for my fibromyalgia that attacks my face. I cry out in pain when the cycle last anywhere from 2-6 weeks. Even my hydrocodone doesn't work on my face. Gabapentine works great on taking the edge off. The only side effect I don't like is the chronic finger twitching."
dinamite May 1, 2015
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"I have been taking gabatin for relief of fibromyalgia for two and a half years. At first the medication worked tremendously well. However in the beginning it relieved my migraines but now my migraines are back so badly and are so much worse than ever before. I also have horrible vision now cannot sleep and my depression is severe. I go back to my neurologist on May the 11th and I am going to insist that he changed my medication and get me off this gabapentin as it is not effective anymore. I believe from experience long term use is not a great idea!"
EskieLuver (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 28, 2015
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"I started taking the drug with very low expectations and am surprised by how much the Fibro has gone away. Just gone. I still have pain but now instead of overwhelming my Doctor with a complaint of "everything hurts," I can point point the actual spots in my body where something is structurally wrong. What a blessing. I'm taking 300 mg at night, a dosage that I built up to over the course of a month."
Maureen B. April 6, 2015
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"I am a 22 years old male University student, diagnosed with fibromyalgia in March 2014 after an extensive series of blood and imaging tests to differentially rule out other diagnoses. I have been on Lexapro since then, working up to 20mg daily with no relief. After having become fed up with the excruciating whole-body pains I've suffered for the past two years, my research landed on gabapentin as an effective treatment for fibro. I spoke to my doctor, and now having worked up to 600mg, x3/day, I can say gabapentin WORKS!! My daily pain levels have diminished significantly, I sleep normally, have improved mental & physical energy, and I actually feel normal again! I also use tramadol 50mg up to x4/day as needed for break-through pain."
J_Samps March 26, 2015
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"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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"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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"This medicine is a wonder drug. I suffer with fibro. Anyone who says it doesnt needs to be on 900 a day to start with. Finally pain free no anxiety, i still have to be aware not to roll down hills with my great nephew, it hurts."
debs12 August 29, 2014
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"I was given Neurontin by my orthopedic surgeon for nerve pain in my back before having a hip replacement. It dawned on me after a week or so, I had no fibromyalgia pain. After going over what I had been doing differently, I figured out it was the Neurontin. I goggled it and found that the University if Cincinnati had tested it yielding positive results in treating fibromyalgia pain symptoms. My Dr has decided to continue the medicine as long as I am getting relief from the pain. I do have to say that the fibro fog is still a bit of an issue and I find my short term memory is a bit glitchy. But, hey that what iPhones are for, right? Being pain free is worth the trade off. My brain us slowly acclimating. It's great to live and not just cope."
Lbc6333 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 13, 2014
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"I have been taking Neurontin for about 3 months now for Fibromyalgia pain. I am now on 600mg 3X/day. I have not noticed any significant change in pain levels. The pain I have that is the constant daily pain may be slightly better but the flares I experience have not improved at all. I experience a lot of fatigue with the fibro but the Neurontin is making me so sleepy I can hardly accomplish anything during the day."
Bluephoenix (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2014
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"Was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the start of the year having suffered with severe neck and upper back pain. The deep pain especially in the upper back right in between the shoulder blades was unbearable most of the time. I had the symptoms for over 2 years before the diagnosis and had almost 80 sessions of treatment with 11 different therapists. Anyway started taking duloxetine, gabapentin and Cocodamol in January. Started gabapentin at 300 mg a day and built up to 1800mg a day by the end of March. Over the last few weeks I feel that I am starting to get my life back. Not totally pain free but I now have spells where the pain is bearable. So if you have just started on this, be patient and fingers crossed you will get relief."
Deep pains May 26, 2014
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"I am a 43 year old and I have had so much tenderness and pain with fibromyalgia, and to tell the truth I don't like to take medication.. but I was is such terrible pain I decided to go on GABAPENTIN under my doctors care. I am in awe. I feel so much better, especially in the morning. I also swim and get light massages to manage the pain. I can actually move my neck without agony! My doctor started me out on a higher dose than normal because of the pain. I take 3 of the 400 mg capsules daily. I have only been on them a few days but I can feel a BIG DIFFERENCE! I actually have energy and my mind not as " foggy" as before. I hope and pray this medication continues to give me fantastic results with few side effects."
Bedazzelle March 19, 2014
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"I was diagnosed in 2009 after over a decade of chronic aches and pains that couldn't be described by any physicians. After countless bloodtests, MRIs, CAT scans, and the like, I finally found a Neuro that decided to try Gabapentin. I've been on it now, low dose, for about a week. Placebo effect or otherwise, I DO feel better. My normal daily functions seem easier, the pain has almost entirely subsided to a 'dull' ache, my headaches have dwindled to almost nothing, and my energy has increased; which I can only attribute to actually sleeping through the night for more than four days. I will be gradually increasing my dosage over the next four weeks to see if I get even better. I'm ecstatic that I found this physician and Gabapentin!"
Cecelia Ideally (taken for less than 1 month) March 14, 2014
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"After being diagnosed four years ago and several different meds I went to a rheumatologist and he put me on gabapentin. I started out with 300mg at night for one week. Over the course of 4 weeks it slowly increased to 600mg 3 times daily. The first 23 hours I notice a difference. By the time I reached 600 mg 3 times daily I felt like a totally different person with my pain level going from a 10 most days to anywhere from 1-5. Well, the last 2 weeks my pain level has went up to 10 and no lower then a 5. I hope when I go back to the doctor. He will adjust the dosage and get it working again. Being almost pain free was awesome!"
Rimmy (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 27, 2013
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"Have very recently started taking gabapentin after spending over half my life in chronic crippling pain. Years of stretching, chiropractors, physical therapy, heavy pain medications, cortisone injections, along with bi-lateral foot surgery, bi-lateral TMJ surgery, and reaching the point of wishing I was dead due to pain being unbearable a new GP from a small clinic was the first to say the word Fibromyalgia. Within a few days I noticed that I was able to return to daily activities again like laundry, cooking, and playing with my kids and the family pets. My mood and outlook on life has dramatically improved. Still occasional aches but nothing like before, and only occasional Lortab for extreme days. Gabapentin gave me back my life."
CarmenLatte November 25, 2013
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"I have tried just about everything to manage my Fibromyalgia pain and taking Percocet 24/7 was the only thing keeping me functional. Doctor put me on Gabapentin in an effort to wean me off the Percocet. So far it's working and I'm taking much less of the Percocet. I have 400mg/3x day for typical days and she prescribed 600 mg for my bad days. However, the 600 mg makes me feel very spacey and unable to focus, slightly headachey. It does help with the pain though. The pain is not gone completely but I can function. Best I can hope for I guess."
SmurfetteRocker November 8, 2013
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"For the past 5 years I have suffered with fibromyalgia, I wake 4 or 5 times a night and generally feel like I have had flu all that time. I started on gabapentin 100mg 3 x daily for 4 weeks and did feel I had a bit more energy, my GP then put me up to 300mg x 3 daily and it has made a massive difference. For the first time in years I get a good night sleep and don't feel like I have been hit by a bus when I wake."
Legobo August 17, 2013
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"I have Fibromtalgia which was diagnosed recently after many, many visits to GP who told me it was a fancy name for depression and took me off dihydrocodeine and gave me 5mg codeine. After many months of pain I changed my doctor who prescribed much stronger painkillers and gabapentin. I immediately felt better with a little pain but nothing compared to what it was. So far, fingers crossed, no side effects except feeling very tired and a little 'spaced' out. Recommend this to anyone."
Annielon (taken for less than 1 month) July 31, 2013
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"I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2006 and have been on a very, very low dosage of Gabapentin 300mg at bedtime ever since. My Fibromyalgia is manageable and I have no side effects from the medicine. I lead a very busy life. I am an Executive Assistant in a fast-paced organization, and a very involved grandmother to 3. Rarely, I will have a flare that is triggered by extreme stress and I will have a day in bed, but most days I am putting in 12 hr days at work. And weekends I am busy with family, so I feel Gabapentin saved my life! It was a miracle from the first few weeks of taking it."
Tisza (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 16, 2013
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"I was in a really bad flare for months, fearing that new level of pain and intensity was becoming my body's norm. I'm grateful I was able to get in touch with a doctor that recommended Gabapentin and Flexeril. Been taking both, more of the Gabapentin for just over a week. My dosage will be increased, but as of now I'm taking 300mg of Gabapentin 4 to 5 times a day. I really notice the biggest relief after the first hour, then it seems to taper off. I feel like there is hope again with the relief I've experienced on this medication. I will be asking on my next visit about the dosage or difference in how it releases into the body, so that my pain stays at the lower levels. If you haven't tried this medicine, I'd highly recommend to do so."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) June 11, 2013
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"I have severe fibromyalgia, severe Crohn's Disease and other conditions associated with these. I've taken pain medicines and Lyrica with little help. I was put on 600 mg of Gabapentin and the results were fantastic. Helped my Crohn's and arthritis also. Very happy."
Marebear1002 (taken for less than 1 month) May 23, 2013
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