User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain
Review by Bosnacium:
I was diagnosed with neck hernia on c5/c6 with arthritis and Gabapentin (paired with Physical Therapy exercises foam roller) truly helped out. The one interesting thing about Gabapentin is that it somehow knocked out my anxiety as well. It was real nice to be able to take a medicine which left me with no side effects but also improved on another condition. I found out that taking Gabapentin with soda (I use Ginger-Ale) actually helps absorb it better than taking it with water. My dosage was 3600mg per day. It's worth mentioning that you probably shouldn't drive when you take Gabapentin. Every human is different so try it out, see what works for you. This medicine has the ability to make things appear more 'vivid' while enhancing music/sound as well.
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October 5, 2014 8:42 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I have a bulging disc (C4) which traps a nerve leading to severe pain in my right shoulder (at worst) and a near constant tingling and semi-numbness in my left lower arm and hand (at best). I've taken Gabapentin before and had been reluctant to try them again because of the drowsiness, fatigue and general weirdness I felt the last time, but the pain got the better of me and so I capitulated. I take 1200mg 3 times a day and so far the sharp shoulder pain has gone, however the tingling has not. Apart from having great difficulty coming to full wakefulness on a morning, I feel completely hyperactive and a little manic- not a bad thing as I'm getting a lot done!
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September 19, 2014 10:53 AM
Review by nimuex (taken for less than 1 month):
Prescribed 360mg for intense pain in feet caused by mortons neuromas and inflammation of brain. Have taken only 100mg at night. Experiencing increasing eye pain. Resolved to stop taking and seek urgent referral to neuro opthalomagist
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September 18, 2014 5:29 PM
Review by Anonymous:
I have severe sciatica in my right leg and horrible back pain due to two herniated discs, and severe spinal stenosis from an injury. I've seen 3 doctors and have tried everything out there. Today my doctor prescribed 300mg gabapentin 3 times a day, 5 hours ago I took the first one and AMAZING! I can feel the pain going away!
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August 21, 2014 1:51 PM
Review by BigNick33 (taken for less than 1 month):
In mid May suffered a back injury after heavy squatting in the gym. The pain progressively became worse to the point where you couldn't stand/walk. The Dr (in a UK citizen) started me on Cocodamol and naproxen. This did not help, and I was unable to sleep for more than 2 hrs a night. I was then put on amitriptyline which did not work, as well as slow release morphine, still with no relief. Yesterday (25 Jul 2014) my Dr advised switching from amitriptyline to Gabapentin. I started on 3x300mg tablets. Last night I had my first full night sleep in 8 weeks. I cannot explain the relief I felt to wake up in the morning like a normal person again.
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July 26, 2014 3:24 AM
Review by Roy S (taken for less than 1 month):
Lumbar fusion, cervical fusion. 12 years of opiate treatment for the pain led to a large tolerance for these medicines. I'm opiate free now. I have been put on Gabapentin. I love it. For me the build up of stiffness is more of a problem than the pain is. Don't get me wrong, it hurts!, but I seize up the more I do a physical activity. I'm on day 4. The stiffness is all gone. The pain is reduced to the lumbar area only, and only a 2 or 3 on the pain scale after a full day of housework. So many good reports out here, I thought I would share...thanks.
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July 17, 2014 9:53 PM
Review by jawbraker:
I had a back injury in the Marine Corp in 1989 I have had 7-9 on the pain scale for over 15 years. I have been on morphine 30mgs 6 times a day, Vicodin 10/325 for over six years oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl patches 150 mg every 72 hours, almost any pain medicine you can think of. I stopped my Vicodin cold turkey after six years, If you have been on pain meds you know what withdrawal is and how painful it can be. I went right to gabapentin. Oh My God thank you for this pill it is amazing, absolutely zero withdrawal effects from the Vicodin and I was on over 300 mg a day for six years. I mean it zero withdrawal symptoms. I feel zero back pain and I mean zero. This pill is a miracle I'm on 900 mg 3 times a day.
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July 15, 2014 7:21 PM
Review by Satisfied dude (taken for less than 1 month):
I have a ruptured disc in my back (L5,S1) with my disk touching the sciatic nerve giving me excruciating pain, and before this my doctors had me on hydrocodone, Flexeril, and naproxen. This was no relief for me, the pain literally had me in tears at work and at all times of the day. There were days I wouldn't be able to sleep because of the pain. My lovely girlfriend told me to ask my primary about this medicine and I am so happy. I was at a level 9 pain this morning and now I can be in any position I want without feeling the sciatic pain in my leg. I have absolutely zero pain now and I am very very happy! I got my life back, I am still doing the epidural steroid shot this week because I would like my disc to heal faster.
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July 1, 2014 6:04 AM
Review by Ash-Happy!:
I have been dealing with thigh pain/numbness and tingles for almost two years from a pinched nerve in my thigh and lower back. Doctors always say LOSE WEIGHT! Well easier said than done. I am not that over weight. Finally met with a SMART neurologist. He said throw away the meds they had me on before which did nothing but MAKE me gain weight (Nortriptyline). He put me on Gabapentin 800mg. I was told to take half tablet three times a day unless I needed more, which I don't. It has been three days..First time in almost two years I sleep through the night because the irritation is GONE. I sleep all night like a baby, wake up refreshed, have ZERO pain in my leg. My coworkers say I am pleasant now. I have NO anxiety now as well! LOVE IT!
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June 12, 2014 12:31 PM
Review by Doodle lane1966:
I have been dealing with right leg pain for over 8 months, tried chiropractor, physical therapy massage, epidural shots after MRI showed narrowing of the spine where the sciatic nerve runs through. Went to specialist starting me on Gabapentin 100mg 3 times a day now. Been on it for 6 days now with one of my Zipsor 25mg every now and then not every 4 hrs like before, feeling much better so far. Still have some pain but tolerable! Love the Gapapentin, was a little drowsy first couple of days now I'm fine. My miracle -No surgery for now!
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May 18, 2014 7:36 PM
Review by Dutch777:
I have suffered from the pain of arthritis and disc degeneration in my lower back and neck. I also have fibromyalgia. As if that wasn't enough, I have been recently diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder. This medication has been great for me. I've only been on it for 4 days and already my pain has been greatly reduced. I haven't had to take any Percocet which is great. I have had to take a couple Tylenol. It has also really helped reduce my anxiety and depression. I really hope it keeps working. I take 300 mg about 1 PM and two 300 mg capsules at night. Side effects are minimal. I'm still a bit drowsy in the morning but it's nothing a good cup of coffee won't cure. It has been a great medication for me.
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April 19, 2014 2:38 AM
Review by Abbyscapes (taken for less than 1 month):
I had suffered with chronic sciatica on my right leg for four months before finding the great doctor who prescribed gabapentin to me. I've spent 3 weeks working up from 1 to 3 pills a day. Each pill is 300mg. My pain has dropped from unbearable to nothing! An MRI shows a Trevor cyst about 3/4" in diameter which is on my 5th lumbar putting pressure at the top of the sciatic nerve. I thought I'd be facing cortisone shots and eventual surgery to deal with the tricky cyst but maybe thanks to this medicine I'll be able to dodge that path of treatment. I am sleeping more soundly, I have less energy in the evening and my overall energy level seems reduced but given the trade off of being pain- free, it's worth it.
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March 31, 2014 10:03 PM
Review by Dr. Mark (taken for less than 1 month):
I have had ruptured discs in the middle of my back as well as two ruptured in the lower spine around the hip area. Had severe pain for years with therapy, and many medications. I have been on Norco 10/325 four to six times daily for about 5 years now and it has become very minor help now. I think I'm getting immune to to it after so many years. I started the Gabapentin and now am up to 600mg three times daily. I have some side effects such as dizziness, sweating, confusion and headaches but it is beginning to reduce the pain level to almost tolerable. I've only been on it for a couple of weeks but hope it will increase the pain management where I can reduce the Norco to once or twice a day. Thanks for the reviews above. They have helped me.
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February 16, 2014 3:58 AM
Review by Jaynisere:
I love gabapentin, it works I am no longer in constant pain.
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January 9, 2014 5:17 PM
Review by heartdrive:
I have prolapsed disc at C7 in my neck and inoperable spinal stenosis. The pain is relentless and unbearable. I took various NSAIDS and Co-codamol at maximum dosage. The pain was still very bad. My doctor prescribed Gabapentin. I started at 300mg, 3 times a day and as this took the edge off the pain, I decided to go straight up to 900mg, 3 times a day. At this level, in conjunction with the other medicines, the pain is now generally distant to tolerable which is fantastic, although the efficacy does tend to wear off a little near the time of the next dosage. Ramping up to a high dosage so quickly definitely made me feel a bit tripy, as well as paranoid, irritable and aggressive but this has, thankfully, subsided over time.
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January 4, 2014 1:20 AM
Review by margaret_mary (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Reduces sciatic pain down my legs very well. Also loosens up some of the stiffness. Not very effective for the pain in my lower back at the curve of the spine. Easy to use with no side effects for me except sometimes drowsiness.
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December 22, 2013 10:55 AM
Review by Billampman1 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Gabapentin has not helped with my pain situation, in fact it has been giving me headaches, dizziness, unsteadiness, and pain in my side.
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December 7, 2013 12:21 PM
Review by Big Daddy Graham:
Started this medicine four days ago. I have been living with back and leg pain keeping me awake most of the night. I also have psoriatic arthritis along with herniated disks and leg pain. I take 300mg at night and it worked from the first night!! Slept for the first time in years, not waking up with pain and remaining awake half the night. I would recommend this medicine to friends and family!!! Thank God the Dr put me on this!!
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November 10, 2013 10:17 AM
Review by jackdeath:
After taking the medicine the first day, The pain in both of my feet has almost disappeared. I have not felt this good since I use to dance back in the year 2000, I'm on my feet all day at my job and I can now move faster without the pain. Thanks for Gabapentin my life is more enjoyable and I look forward to take walks with my wife again
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November 7, 2013 7:53 AM
Review by ddk63:
I been dealing with burning and stabbing pain in my feet and legs along with chronic back pain . My Dr started me on gabapentin 300.mgs 3.times a day the pain in my pain in my feet and legs improved immediately but since then my back pain has elevated drastically I take norcos 5\325 and doesn't even touch the back pain . Any suggestions?.and has anyone else experienced this?
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November 4, 2013 1:14 PM
Review by meldrew (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Have had back pain and leg pain since fall 2yrs ago, recently very severe. Started Gabapentin and now taking 900mg x3daily. Pain less but still not able to get on with most daily activities properly even though taking other painkillers alongside. Some side effects but surprisingly not sleepiness so still waking at night!
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October 25, 2013 3:39 PM
Review by Blackie30 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
It took a good few years of chronic lower back pain to finally find out I've a dislocated coccyx, I've tried everything from cortisone injections to minor surgical procedures, nothing helped. My GP prescribed gabapentin 300mg 3 times a day, 12 weeks ago with immediate relief. I've had my dose slowly increased and am now on 900mg 3 times a day. I'm waiting for a big operation now to remove the coccyx so until then these are managing my pain. I've even stopped taking tramadol as these gabapentin were so effective!
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September 24, 2013 3:41 PM
Review by Samoman (taken for less than 1 month):
Great so far
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September 24, 2013 8:31 AM
Review by Lovieu:
I experienced a severe herniation on right side of C6-C7 June 2012. Since, I was put on 4 Medrol packs approximately every 3 months, chiropractor initially and trainer, with Accupuncture 3 months post injury for 10 months. Formal Physical therapy started 10 months post due to increase in right shoulder pain with horrible radiculitus. Good for posture training but one month in I was in the worst pain ever. Nurse practitioner put me in SSRI and Mobic. SSRI alters pain perception, plus I was crying in her office. Mobic worked but short term. Finally, I went to a pain doctor thinking I was being scheduled for a steroid injection when he said, let's try gabapentin first. Pain is GONE on 300mg 3x daily. Can't wean yet but it works!
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September 4, 2013 9:13 PM
Review by Wagren (taken for less than 1 month):
I've had 5 surgeries on lower back which causes nerve damage and pain and been this way since my first surgery in 1992 or 93 lose count, My Dr. suggested Gabapentin 300 mg 3 times a day, now I'm not steady on my feet, when walking I have to hold on to things because fear of falling. Can't function at the work place. I have to be alert at all times, I have a lot of drowsiness and dizziness and this medicine puts me to sleep at all hours, but on a high note I'm drinking a lot of water which is a good thing due to cotton mouth. I don't think this is for me.
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July 21, 2013 4:52 AM
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