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Gabapentin review summary

6.8/10 Average Rating

148 Ratings with 108 User Reviews

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

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin: 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: User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin: 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: User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
7.0

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
1.0

gabapentin: 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: User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: 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: User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin: 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:

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
7.0

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: Great so far

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September 24, 2013 8:31 AM
Review by Lovieu: User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin: 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): User Rating:  
   
3.0

gabapentin: 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
Review by Greeneyedlaura66 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
10

gabapentin: First I must say this page and all the reviews I have just read helped me SOOOO much so thank you to everyone on here. I have suffered with lower back disc pain for about 30 years but I lived with it, I spent a crazy amount of money on physical therapy, chiropractors, and doctors with zero results. I finally was referred to a surgeon in Feb. of this year and told I have 3 herniated discs that would require surgery in July to repair them with metal ones. At that time I was put on 2 x 10mg of Percocets every 4 to 6 hours. After 4 months I ended up in the E.R in excruciating pain. Dr. put me on gabapentin 2 times a day, I'm on day 6 and I'm pain free! Dry mouth is only side effect and slight dizziness, and down to 1 Percocet a day!

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June 4, 2013 6:41 PM
Review by S AZ:

gabapentin: I was prescribed 600 mg approx. 5 yrs after foot crush injury, severe nerve damage. All I can say is amazing first day. It got me going and really makes me want to do things again, subdues pain to a manageable level. It's really AMAZING. I really feel good about myself again.

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June 1, 2013 2:36 AM
Review by somewhatrelieved: User Rating:  
   
7.0

Neurontin (gabapentin): I've been on Neurotin for almost 4 months and it has given me relief for chronic pelvic pain. 300mg at night and 100mg mid-day was the initial dose and at present I'm on 300mg at night only. It has made the pain bearable however the side-effects have been lethargy, headaches, aching eyes, and dreaming so vivid it leaves me hung over. I'm hoping this will improve with time. It has helped with the pain.

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May 18, 2013 12:06 AM
Review by Russpuss: User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: Awaiting op for a herniated disc, prescribed Gabapentin. Marvellous, no pain, but slight disorientation.

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May 17, 2013 2:57 PM
Review by packbuck (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: I have Meniere's Disease and have had 3 surgeries for it (shunt, VNS (vestibular nerve section), inner ear removal). I have piercing, stabbing pain sporadically throughout the day and constant pain (4-5) most days. It's the cranial nerve X--the vargus nerve that's flaring up or damaged. I've used Demerol (hydrochloride HCL) to control the pain. I asked the pharmacist if there was any way to reach that nerve. He said ask your Dr. about Gabapentin. My Dr. immediately knew what it was and thought we should try it. I've been on it for 3 days and haven't had any stabbing yet. It makes me slightly dizzy/headachy. Hence, I don't like taking it unless my ear is over a 5 in pain. I haven't taken Demerol in the past 3 days.

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May 8, 2013 1:17 PM
Review by CRJ (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin: Generally positive experience

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April 17, 2013 10:11 AM
Review by San Benito: User Rating:  
   
6.0

gabapentin: I have been taking it for almost a year, but only two at night 300mg each. I still have the back pain during the day, my doctor told me to increase it to one in the morning and two at night. But I have not try that because of the sight effect. At night I sleep like a baby, so I do not know how I will feel if I took it in the morning.

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February 5, 2013 11:17 AM
Review by lmricci65 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

gabapentin: I was dealing with chronic back pain in my L3 to L5 due to arthritis. I tried different therapies. When my doctor and I found out I'm limited on the type of therapy I can do (long, different story), we discussed pain therapy. I take 900mg of this per day along with 10 mg of Oxycontin twice a day and I am back to my regular routine. I still wake up with minimal back pain but that soon goes away after I'm up and moving around. The added benefit is I also have restless leg syndrome, so I kill two birds at once. And I didn't even know it helped the Restless Legs Syndrome when my doctor prescribed it. I truly hope my good fortune with this medicine continues for a long time.

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November 6, 2012 9:58 PM
Review by Youphemism (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: Dosage: 300mg 3 times a day So far, this med seems to be very effective in reducing pain in my shoulder and arm, with few side effects. Although it makes me a little tired, I also seem to get good sleep while taking it. An MRI showed a bone spur on my 6th vertebra. A nerve test showed damage at the 5th vertebra. I'm currently scheduled for surgery -- the pain suddenly spiked and had me popping Vicodin all day. I started taking Gabapentin at that point. Over the next two weeks, I was able to phase out all Vicodin except one in the morning. (If I didn't take that one, it just kept barking all day until I gave in.) After two more weeks, I was able to stop taking the Vicodin entirely. I may now postpone the surgery and try physical therapy

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October 14, 2012 4:25 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
7.0

gabapentin: 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 1fig (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

gabapentin: 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
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