User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Restless Legs Syndrome
"I'm a recovering drug addict (all opiates) and I have restless leg, degenerative disk disease and and severe nerve damage for almost 20 years now. My RLS has kept me up for 5 days at a time. Night time and early in the morning I would be going absolutely insane, crying and screaming and hallucinating from lack of sleep. I know a lot of u have been thru it too and my heart goes out to u. Anyway I know this is a real problem for the recovering addicts out there and a major cause of relapses, I've been to the rodeo a few times myself. My gabapentin stopped working a few months ago, gradually. I'm already on a high dose at 1800, can't go up. any ideas? Thanks."
pain_lady August 29, 2015
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"I have suffered with RLS for pretty much my entire life, I'm 55 now. Discovered gabapentin reading blog posts. I have tried all the other meds. My RLS was getting so bad I was having a lot of episodes during the day and not just at night, but worse at night. I could not sit still to even look at a newspaper or magazine. There were time I actually thought I was going to go completely insane. Most night I didn't sleep more than an hour or two. Even then I was not getting a good deep sleep. When I asked my GP about gabapentin, he had no problem prescribing it for me. He even followed recommendation for the dosage. I take 100mg in the morning and at lunch. Before bedtime I take 200 mg.. All I can say is that this has been a godsend for me."
Ardsee July 11, 2015
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"Have had peripheral neuropathy and restless legs for over ten years. I take 100 mg of gabapentin before bed. It worked wonders for my RLS for many years, but I may soon need to increase the dose somewhat. It has not had any apparent effect on my neuropathy."
Chattanooga Man (taken for 10 years or more) June 9, 2015
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Gabarone (gabapentin): "My restless leg syndrome results in cramp-like pains that nothing seems to help. Until I took 300 mg of Gabapentin. It definitely took care of the pain, but it left me feeling drunk the next morning! I was staggering when I walked and had great difficulty waking up. This lasted for several hours after I woke up. Thankfully, this only happened the first couple of times that I took Gabapentin. Unfortunately, it was only effective at 300 mg for about two weeks. I was supposed to move up to two capsules (600 mg total) after the first week, but hadn't out of fear of the side effects and at first it seemed unnecessary. Once the pain came back, I added the 2nd capsule and the tired, groggy feeling lasted all day! I'm not going to keep taking it."
spiffywife (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2015
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"I am sharing, because I have been searching all over to see if anyone else had experience with restless legs syndrome and gabapentin following an injury. Last year I got hit by a car, broke my femur (in half). Besides the injury I suffered from EXTREME swelling in my lower leg, that often comes with this kind of injury. I also suffered what is called a Morel Lavelle lesion, a very mean injury by itself. All this caused the onset of RLS and the surgeon put me on gabapentin, been taking it for about 10 months. I have tied to reduce it, but no such luck, the sensation without it is crazy. So glad he did and that there is medication to control it."
Stuttgart Lady (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 29, 2015
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"Neurontin helped a lot with my severe restless leg syndrome & some with my chronic back pain. However, the 2 times it was tried on me over the years I had the bad side effect of doing things in my sleep I was unaware of! I once microwaved a remote & the house was filled with smoke! Also, would find bathroom towels in a kitchen cupboard, boxed food in the fridge, ect. So, even though it was helpful-had to quit using due to those side effects!"
grammyb (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2014
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"This is my first night on Gabapentin and I am laying in my bed with my laptop as comfortable as can be. I feel normal. The past year has been brutal and my restless legs syndrome got exponentially worse which led to higher anxiety issues and depression. I went through a few doctors and tried numerous medicines including Tramadol (which worked well for a little while). Apparently, this medicine starts working better as time goes by which is great for me."
manchild August 13, 2014
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"I've been taking 1800 mg of gabapentin for restless legs since April of this year..it has been wonderful. Plus, I get a tad drowsy..but, alas there is a problem..weight gain..I've been on a 1200 calorie diet and I continue to gain weight...15lbs since the end of April...what to do?"
meglet July 8, 2014
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"I've suffered with restless leg syndrome since the age of 20 and now 40. As I've aged it has worsened and I also get it in my arms and hands. I was prescribed 6 of 600mg by my GP and find its the only thing that helps them settle and I would truly go insane if I didn't have this medicine which, I've been taking now for 3 year."
Clairebear40 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 18, 2014
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"Gabapentin has really helped my nasty restless legs. Before gabapentin life was awful due to the side effects of Mirapex (for 10 years). In any case, I would have given gabapentin a higher score, but it is only half the reason I now sleep through the night. Another medicine called trazodone when taken with gabapentin does the trick. My wife reports that my legs still do their crazy movements at night but I am sleeping the whole time. Current dose is 900 mg about 3:00 pm and 300 mg. at bedtime with the trazodone."
Fogdog (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 31, 2013
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"I was started on Gabapentin 5 days ago. Began with one 300mg pill a night. Have not had more than 3 hours of sleep since I stopped taking my other medication. I am going to up it to 600 mg per night to see if it relieves the pain and leg jerking. I am near my wit's end. I have suffered from restless legs syndrome for over 30 years."
Bethie H December 24, 2013
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"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."
Ricardo de la Torre November 25, 2013
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"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."
sleepless nights (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 12, 2013
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"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."
dewatobay (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 15, 2013
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"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."
tellevette (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 23, 2013
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"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. "
MysticCowboy (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 13, 2013
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"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. "
rohaninoz April 7, 2013
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"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."
doc1019 (taken for 10 years or more) November 16, 2012
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"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."
Anonymous October 10, 2012
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"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."
Li-Li (taken for less than 1 month) June 25, 2012
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