I have fibromyalgia which causes severe foot pain. My foot doctor agreed to have me try Gabapentin. I am taking 100 mg for three days. Then 100 mg two times a day for three days. Then last, 100 mg three times a day. From what I read people start out at around 300 mg a day. I don't know if he doesn't prescribe this often or if this is actually a good dosing schedule?
No, he started you right. When you start higher it can cause some unpleasant side effects. It can be increased until it helps you. Everyone seems to need a different dose and gabapentin has a wide dosing range. I take 300 mg three times a day, but pain dr said I can increase it any time its not helping.
81katinka, I take Gabapentin (Neurontin) 300 mg three times today. From what I gather about the medication has to build up in your system and I do believe my doctor started me out slowly at first and then graduated to 300 mg three times today. My doctor told me to keep a steady level in my system, and refrain from just taking it when I think I need it. I have fibro. Since diganosed around the year 2000. Hope this helps... Teresa
300 way too high, no where to go from there and the sides are worse. 100 x 3 is a good start.
First of all, I have super sensitive/painful feet too, but haven't come across anyone else that does. Makes me feel like I'm not too crazy. About the Gabapentin, it seems like your doc is following a good plan. Did he mention that you may not need any more than 100mg? Or 200mg? When my doc prescribes new meds I usually end up taking at the most 1/2 of the normal dosage. I take 100mg Gabapentin at bedtime and it helps me a lot. Any more and I'm wacky, sick almost. When I asked my doc if she thought it was weird that I only took 100mg, she said No not at all.
I believe as far as pain meds go, we the patients should have a lot to say about how much we take. And even though Gabapentin isn't a traditional pain med, it does relieve fibro pain.
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