Has troubles with excessive sleeping? Staying in bed sleeping for 3-5 days at a time,up for 1-2 days, back to sleep. Only get outta bed for restroom. Every time i get up i eat something even if its a snack. Goin on like that about 2 yrs. Was also givin venlafaxine 50mg 1×day. Thanks
Some will prescribe it for that. yes.
Hi, sorry this isn't really an answer, but i've never heard of Gabapentin be prescribe for this reason before, more so the opposite... I would be interested to see how it works for you??
Your sleepy situation sounds familiar. I spent a lifetime feeling tired which became progressively worse. After years and years a doctor sent me to a sleep clinic where I was diagnosed with sleep disorder. It changed my life. I finally had a proper diagnosis and began treatment. I cannot express how validation- that I wasn't just depressed- helped. People don't always understand feeling tired vs never really waking up is about. I know that sleeping 23 hours and waking up tired is a terrible way to live.
I was prescribed gabapentin at one point and recall having little or no adverse side effects. I cannot say if it helped or not. I will say I didn't feel creepy crawly or have weirder than my normal weird thoughts. To be fair, I wasn't as chronic of a sleeper during the time I took (gaba). I do not recall feeling any more, or any less sleepy. And it was one drug I didn't fight about with my doctors. Medicine is kinda scarey when finding the "right one".
What I know through research- gabapentin is an anti-seizure medication. It is used for treating neuro-pain and mental health problems. It's also been prescribed for treating restless leg syndrome. (sleep disorder) There are side effects which include fatigue.
I am writing from personal experience. I have no medical degree. Again, your sleep situation sounds so familiar. You did not mention having any particular dx??? I do hope you express your concerns with your doctor. You can ask your doctor the same question posted here. It's their duty to inform you about medicines they have given- where what and why. You can ask your doctor about sleep disorders or ask to be sent to a specialist.
And for the record if you've not seen a sleep doctor, based on what I read of your story, you should consider it. (Typically) one does not need a referral to make an appointment at sleep clinic. Most insurance cover it.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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