Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain
Review by Big Daddy Graham:
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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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
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?
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!
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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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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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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Review by Greeneyedlaura66 (taken for less than 1 month):
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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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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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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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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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
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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.
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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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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!
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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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