Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin
The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care.
Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Restless Legs Syndrome
Review by MysticCowboy (taken for 1 to 6 months):
gabapentin: Was prescribed gabapentin for neuropathy and off label for restless leg syndrome. I ramped up the dosage over three weeks to 600mg three times daily. It did decrease both sets of symptoms. It also sent me into major depression. When I eased off the medicine (all under doctor's supervision) the depression eased completely.
gabapentin: My restless legs syndrome was actually whole body sort of vibrating, and came on very suddenly. 100 mg gabapentin, and I could sleep again! But every month had to add 100mg, got to 1000mg, then tried reducing 100 / month, realized after 2 months that I really needed the 900, not sure if that was withdrawal, but felt like I simply needed that much - so had a really good month. Then suddenly symptoms flared up, and even 1300 only just works.
gabapentin: Only problem I have found with Gabapentin is the need to increase the dosage over the long run. I am now up to 2000 MG a night. Having talked to many using the same medicine, it would seem the limit is 2400 MG, after that no increase seems to help.
I started back in 1999 with 100 MG a night. Over the last 13 years the need to increase has been gradual but needed. I am approaching the limit.
Gabapentin has been a Godsend.
17 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin: I have been taking Tramadol for RLS for three years. It worked absolutely wonderfully, and any time I ran out or stopped for some reason, I had no withdrawal symptoms at all. Also, I never felt like I was dependent on it, nor addicted to it. It helps that this is a non-narcotic medication. At the beginning of this year, my doctor added gabapentin 300mg/night. With this combination, I must say, I have never had a more restful night's sleep in my entire life. I wake up refreshed, not groggy at all, and ready to hop right out of bed and take on the day and the world.
21 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin: I have severe Degenerative disc Disease and Arthritis in my spine and my legs jump at night. I have been on everything and this medicine was literally a lifesaver for me. I can now sleep through the night and do not wake up feeling groggy or doped. I wish I had this medicine 2 years ago.
19 users found this comment helpful.
Horizant (gabapentin): Dismal results from other restless legs syndrome medicines, 500 mg Horizant has been a welcome relief. Especially the nausea that always accompanied the other medicines. Noticed relief the first day. While it hasn't completely eliminated the restless legs syndrome issue, I can easily say it has made an 80-90% improvement. Minimal side effects noted slightly itchy skin and occasional watery eyes. PLUS I am sleeping much better
59 users found this comment helpful.
Horizant (gabapentin): This medicine worked wonders for my restless legs syndrome, and also aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia and moderate low back pain. However, the withdrawal effects are awful (panic, insomnia, paranoia the worst). I even sought a second medical opinion on how to deal with it better and was told to just go back to my usual dose. I was taking 1200mg/day, and ended up tapering down gradually over 7 weeks. One other thing: this medicine interacts with numerous other medicines, so check this for your own situation and make your own informed decision.
64 users found this comment helpful.
Neurontin (gabapentin): Of different medicines I have tried for the Restless Legs Syndrome, this has been the most effective. I was started with 3 pills per day but have been able to reduce the dosage to 1 pill per day. Have been using this drug for over 5 years now.
26 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin: I take 200mg of generic gabapentin in the early evening and have had my restless leg syndrome symptoms greatly reduced. I sleep through the night now, something I have not done in years. Side effects have been sleepiness, dizziness and memory loss, but are minor compared with the benefits.
27 users found this comment helpful.
Neurontin (gabapentin): In my research on RLS I found that iron deficiency could also be a contributing factor. I have found that the combination of 300 mg of Neurontin twice daily and Hemocyte Plus once daily gives me the most relief from the symptoms of RLS than anything in years.
53 users found this comment helpful.
Neurontin (gabapentin): I also take Neurontin. Initially, it was for Periformis Syndrome (a pinched sciatic nerve, which replicates sciatica). Then I started to experience RLS and didn't sleep for a week. My doctor told me to take extra Neurontin and I'm sleeping through the night now.
67 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin: Before taking Neurontin, there were 4 to 5 nights a week that I was unable to sleep. I started taking Neurontin regularly and I no longer have Restless Legs Syndrome. It has helped me tremendously and made a big difference in my quality of sleep.
32 users found this comment helpful.
Neurontin (gabapentin): Before taking Neurontin, there were 4 to 5 nights a week that I was unable to sleep. I started taking Neurontin regularly and I no longer have RLS. It has helped me tremendously and made a big difference in my quality of sleep.
125 users found this comment helpful.
Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Data sources include Micromedex™ (updated May 16th, 2013), Cerner Multum™ (updated May 20th, 2013), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated Apr 30th, 2013) and others. To view content sources and attributions, refer to our editorial policy.