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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

7.0/10 Average Rating

121 Ratings with 94 User Reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Fibromyalgia

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"Gabapentin is the only med that has worked for me. I have had Fibro for 15 years. I had to quit work because of Fibro. Doctors have put me on all the other approved meds for Fibro and no way! I take 100 mg twice a day and 800 mg at bedtime. I still feel tired and can't do what I want to do, but I'm much much better than I was before Gabapentin. My worse problem is trigger points nearly all over my body. I have to go to get deep tissue massages for that problem. REALLY helps. Good luck to all of you!"

   
2.0

Suelouie February 4, 2016

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"At first I thought the gabapentin was going to work for my fibromyalgia, but after about a week I began experiencing headaches from nowhere!! Same with amytriptiline, Savella, Lyrica and Cymbalta. I am sensitive to and get migraines from every medication that is used to treat the pain of fibromyalgia."

   
1.0

Cootsgal January 20, 2016

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"I was taking gabapentin 1x- 300mg in the am & 2x-300mg @bedtime for about 5 years it did wonders for my fibromyalgia however I still did get breakthrough flare ups ever once in a while but it helped with the pain took off the edge so I could function. Well recently it's been crazy because it just stopped working & for 2 months I was in an ongoing Flare. So my rheumey dr said lets try lyrica, and wean u off gaba - it huge mistake. Lyrica was horrible it did nothing for the pain I had awful side effects , severe nausea, headaches, stomach upsets, & the worse of these were severe muscle cramping! I'm now getting back on the Gaba took a break so maybe it will work again I prefer Gabapentin."

   
9.0

gypsypickles318 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 19, 2016

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"I'm 53 and have fibromyalgia. I was at the end of my tether with the pain. A new doctor put me on Gabapentin. I take 200mg 3 x a day. It has literally changed my life. My pain levels have reduced dramatically, I don't wake up with the 'fibro fog' and my energy levels are as a 'normal' person's would be. It was been a revelation!"

   
9.0

Spooks January 18, 2016

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"I have been on it and other medications for a year and I've been in a mental hallucination.. I now have what I call attacks..I've mentally gone crazy.. I just learned last night that the other medications are interacting with it.. I'm at a lose, my husband and I are scared to say out loud what's happening they would lock me up.. I'm mentally, physically and emotionally drained I'm scared to stop medications never know who or what I'll become everyone thinks I'm faking and now have lost my family mother included. I'm scared for My Life. I was three different persons last night most scariest thing to experience. I've been on the road never a same Dr. "

Can she be saved faithless January 17, 2016

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"I'm 51 and was put on gabapenten for fibromyalgia. I take 900 mg at night, then lie there exhausted but so agitated that I can't fall asleep. The most horrible feeling imaginable!! I wake up completely unrested, and spend the whole day exhausted to the point at which the agitation starts again by about 6 pm. I have never been so miserable, and would not recommend this as a first-choice drug for anyone with fibromyalgia!"

   
1.0

Bethy64 January 10, 2016

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"UPDATE: It worked for about a month and a half and then stopped working. Fiddling with the dose didn't help. Then I tried to stop taking it and felt bad so had to go back on and taper off very slowly. I had terrible withdrawal symptoms including mental issues and increased pain. I started in April and now its almost December. Most of that time I've been withdrawing. I've gained 70 pounds!!! Reducing the dose has not reduced the weight. This is the only drug I have ever had dependancy issues with. I will never take it again."

   
1.0

dresan (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 30, 2015

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"I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a little over a month ago. I originally went into see my rheumatologist to check up on my RA. My doctor prescribed me the 100 mg Gabapentin. At first I had absolutely no problems with taking it besides the fact that it didn't help with any pain or muscle/joint tenderness/weakness. Now, after little over a month of taking it, I have been experiencing a lot of chest pain/tenderness and pressure, like it's tight. It makes it feel so hard to breathe, making the tightness worse. I have gained about 5-6pounds and my stomach has never felt so bloated and ridiculously uncomfortable. I've also been staying up all hours of the night l because when I take this medicine, I can't sleep."

   
3.0

Angeames November 20, 2015

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"Not helping me I'm in terrible pain, unbearable at times"

   
2.0

Chris64 November 15, 2015

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"Been in gabapentin now for 5 months for my fibromyalgia I'm up to 2700mgs a day and I can honestly say I have absolutely no relief whatsoever from this drug and my pain seems to be getting worse. My sleeping is shocking some weeks I'm lucky to have 15-18hrs a week. I have headaches and my legs, arms, fingers, back hips and neck are agony. It's 2yrs since I've been diagnosed plus the 8 months waiting for the diagnosis and every drug I've had prescribed hasn't helped"

   
1.0

Crazycuttz November 15, 2015

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"I started feeling deep hot bone pain about 3 month ago and got worse and worse. My boyfriend took me to a Rheumatologist. All she did was touch my body at certain points. I said "Oh, that feels good" and right away she knew it was fibromyalgia. My dosage has been raised 3 times and now taking 800mg 3x a day. Then I read it cause weight gain (gasp). I wish I didn't read that part but overall today the fog is lifting and I have little pain here and there but I take Subutex for that. I am also on dextroamphetamine for the chronic fatigue and helps a lot. Besides I've been diagnosed with ADHD."

   
8.0

Sophia Maggie (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 3, 2015

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"I am on 100mg of gabapentin. When I read on the drug info that it may cause drowsiness I took it before bedtime. Well, it was four hours before I could fall asleep! So I skipped a day and started taking it in the morning, much better! It has topped my tingling in my toes and fingers as well as the aching in my legs. I do notice it comes back late afternoon so I will have to start to take a second pull then also. This medication has my stamp of approval so far "

   
7.0

Mykii (taken for less than 1 month) October 18, 2015

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"I am a 22 year old female. I have been on Gabapentin for a few months now, and I am taking 600mg three times a day (I just had my dose doubled) and it does help with some of the pain. I still have trouble with speech, motor function, pain in my joints and tissues, occasionally breathing, lifting anything over 15 pounds, chest pain, and issues holding myself up. This has been going on for two years and it fluctuates from tolerable periods to barely able to get out of bed periods."

   
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Jessied593gmail (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 12, 2015

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"Gabapentin saved my life! It literally cured EVERYTHING FOR ME, that nothing else could treat: migraine, nerve pain, muscle pain, anxiety, ADHD, and depression. I feel like I'm free to be myself again. And I can focus, breath, and smile. Thank you God. I Seriously recommend it to anyone with any of my diseases."

   
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Lynsieloverly October 5, 2015

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"I've been on nuerontin for a few days now and since yesterday a few hours after I take it my body starts to twitch really bad. It started while I was driving to my shop with my son in the car. I was terrified I was going to wreck. I was even having trouble unbuckling him from his car seat. Walking and writing and talking is difficult. Then I was very lightheaded and very weak. I couldn't even go through my files. Now my eyes hurt and are getting blurry. I'm still twitchy. Last night my fiance said I was twitching pretty badly while I slept. Not to mention the tingling my my fingers and toes and the extreme heat shooting through my leg.. I hope this goes away. If not I'm calling my doctor back."

   
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Bratt Kid (taken for less than 1 month) September 25, 2015

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"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."

   
8.0

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."

   
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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."

   
8.0

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."

   
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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."

   
8.0

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!"

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
8.0

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."

   
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tangodancer101 October 24, 2014

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