Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Restless Legs Syndrome
Review by Ricardo de la Torre:
gabapentin: I have been suffering from Restless legs syndrome for several years, sometimes very pronounced and frustrating.
I recently had major surgery and, for reasons unknown to me, the doctor's prescribed Gabapentin for me (3 x 300mg caps daily). Since taking them my RLS has totally disappeared.
That's right, totally. Nada, nunca, none.
I has been two weeks now and I can only pray that this continues.
Review by sleepless nights (taken for 1 to 2 years):
gabapentin: Restless legs and peripheral neuropathy. Got rid of restless legs 5 or 6 out of 7 nights. Hard to say if it tones down neuropathy as it is all over the place. Take it 1 to 3 times a day. If you start to take less, ween yourself. I couldn't deal with restless legs without taking this.
10 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin: I had been using gabapentin sucessfully for almost ten yrs for restless legs. I thought I should take a break and gradually reduced my regular dosage of 1500/day down to zero. What a mistake! I reverted to waking up every two hrs with leg pain, joint pain, and a floating depression. Needless to say, I'm back on the gabapentin.
24 users found this comment helpful.
gabapentin: Initially, was prescribed 400mg to take at night. It worked great for two weeks. I slept like a baby. But it stopped working and restless leg symptoms returned so I took double dose (800 mg). So far so good. I wake up refreshed. I used to be such a grouch in the morning for most of my life. I cannot take during day because it makes me sleepy. If I take a nap I take a 400 mg tablet. I love it.
26 users found this comment helpful.
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.
16 users found this comment helpful.
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.
11 users found this comment helpful.
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.
31 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.
40 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.
33 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.
39 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.
37 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.
60 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.
73 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.
37 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.
132 users found this comment helpful.
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