Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin
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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.
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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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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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
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
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.
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!
gabapentin: I suffer from cervical spinal stenosis. I had been on 4 a day Vicodin for 2 years. I wanted to get off this desperately. Recently my doctor prescribed gabapentin. I have now been on it for almost two weeks, and now have more mobility and range in my neck. For years it was hard for me to drive and look over my shoulder, left or right. Since being on this I am now able to look right or left almost 90 degrees without the pain I used to experience. I will say the pain or "feeling" is still there but not near the pain it used to be. Being on the medicine for only 2 weeks I have noticed it "wears" out in between doses but doctor informed me the increase in milligrams will help with that!
gabapentin: I have a herniated disc at C6 and a pinched nerve that shoots pain down my left arm. I started taking Neurontin 300 mg once a day for a week, then two a day the 2nd week, and now 3 a day. I'm a local truck driver, so reading your reviews had me worried. When I started this medicine, my Doc also started me on Robaxin. Everything was okay until the 2nd week. I got the high feeling for about that whole day. Then the third week, same thing. I stopped taking the Robaxin cause it leaves me groggy and unfocused. I have ALMOST no pain in my arm after 3 weeks on Neurontin, even after I stopped taking the Robaxin. This medicine is awesome. I had doubts about its effectiveness until reading your comments. Thank you everyone. It doesn't affect my driving ability after I stopped the Robaxin.
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gabapentin: I normally take narcotic pain pills. I have, usually moderate, pain in my joints and especially in my back. I decided to try the Gabapentin. It did really help for the pain, and I also had a very relaxed feeling. A couple of things I did not like was:
1) I was very clumsy and disoriented. I couldn't walk right and almost fell over several times.
2) I laid down to watch a movie, since I was stumbling around my house, and I ended up passing out for hours... from about 3 to almost 7 today.
Now the "sleep aid" isn't necessarily a bad thing, but maybe this medication is best only taken at night for some people, including myself.
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gabapentin: My doctor prescribed Gabapentin for spinal stenosis. I started on 300 mg the first week, then increased to 600 mg the second week. The first morning after taking the second pill, I awoke with extreme pain in my lower right leg. It increased to the point of needing crutches. I was sent for an MRI, two ultra sounds, xrays and was scheduled for another MRI on my leg, when it dawned on me that it could be the Gabapentin. I quit the medicines and within a day or two the pain was gone. I realize I may be an exception to the rule for this medicine, but am providing this information in case it happens to someone else.
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gabapentin: I have a couple damaged discs in my back and the pain became severe after 3-4 years of suffering. I was instructed to take 300mg per day to start. I don't like medicines and I decided to take the minimum I possibly could. I have been on it for 6 months now and my pain is all but gone. However, I never went beyond 200mg. I think I am extremely fortunate. I have my life back. I had chronic headaches, previous to the medication. Migraines came on about 2-4 times per month......that's all gone now. I might take ibuprofen or aspirin once a month....and it used to be every day. A couple of negatives for me would be: Sleep pattern is still off and even though I am only taking 200mg per day, I really feel it.
gabapentin: Gabepentin is the one medicine that absolutely works on my intractable MS pain, out of the many I take. However after 15 yrs of increasingly higher doses (I take 1300 mg per day), I find I have blurry vision. It's working so well on my pain that I'm not giving it up yet.
Neurontin (gabapentin): I was given this medicine in hospital to help with pain/nerve damage after a ruptured disc. BEWARE it made me suicidal! I am a normal, healthy person but after a week or so on this, I started sobbing almost all the time and was in total despair. Fortunately, my husband worked out what the stimulus was and I was told to stop taking the medicine immediately. This was recommended as the withdrawal effects would be better than carrying on with it and weaning off. It took a couple of weeks but I could only have close friends around who understood that at any moment, a wave of crying would over take me but wouldn't last.
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gabapentin: I have severe headaches in the aftermath of stroke. Due to my left side being affected, I cannot sit comfortably. This causes back pain that sometimes brings me to tears. I started with 300mg three times a day. It was just increased to 400mg three times a day. It gives me a lightheaded feeling that makes the pain easier to deal with, but the pain is still there. I also take Tramadol 50mg to supplement.
gabapentin: I have degenerative disc disease and recently blew a disc in my neck which was excruciating. I've dealt with lower back disc related issues for 30 years, but this pain in my neck left shoulder and arm was beyond anything I could cope with. I wasn't sleeping and functioning was near impossible. The doctors tried me on Lyrica which was bad for me, then Cymbalta which made me lose a lot of hair and extreme muscle cramps (not to mention the really bad withdrawals), but just a week into taking 200mg of gabapentin before bed I am virtually pain free! I've gained a little weight, but that's about it. My fingers and hands are still tingling but the pain associated is almost gone and most definitely tolerable.
I LOVE this stuff so far.
Neurontin (gabapentin): I've been taking Neurontin now for 2 weeks and it does help with the pain but the side effects in my case are hazy feeling, cannot concentrate, feel sleepy and I've noticed I'm eating more. My doctor prescribed it together with Percocet for herniated discs, diabetic neuropathy, fibromialgia, osteopenia and a slew of other things. It does help but I work as a secretary for a law firm, which means I have to greet everyone that walks in the front door. I cannot afford not to be alert and this medication makes me feel like I don't want to or don't care to do anything. So what do I do? I need to take the medicines in order to be able to go to work but when I get there I don't want to do anything! Quite a dilemma!
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gabapentin: I've been taking Neurontin 400mg 2 tabs 3 times a day along with other pain medicines for bad back pain and my elbow got shattered and it burns so bad that I could barely stand it until I took the Neurontin. Now that stops the burning but it does make you groggy so I needed my dose lowered. It works great for my headaches also. I take blood thinners so I'm limited to what pain medicines I can take but this one is the best I think...for the burning and the pain. It's a must to try it.
Neurontin (gabapentin): I was on all kinds of pain medicines and naproxen and Flexeril and still had pain until I went to a new doctor and he gave me this medicine. I don't understand why other doctors don't prescribe this medicine. It has helped my pain so much.
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Neurontin (gabapentin): Been taking Neurontin for several years now, from 4200mg down to 1200mg a day, after my sciatic nerve got damaged during 1st back surgery. Tried many medicines, no relief, doctor put me on clinical dose of 4200mg a day, many side effects. Down to 3200mg a day, awesome, was able to walk and live(no work). Back got worse, needed 2nd surgery and had to get off some medicines, getting off Neurontin was the WORST WITHDRAWALS. 6 months after doctor's put me back on Neurontin but only 1800mg. Still on Neurontin today and still working awesome. No side effects, low dose on all medicines keeps side effects down. Just watch the WITHDRAWALS.
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