Looking to know what the recommended dosage is for this med. I am currently going up to 900MG/day.
Dosage of Gabapentin for anxiety and bipolar?
- 22 Jan 2014 by mhnatyshyn
- 22 Jan 2014
- bipolar disorder, anxiety, gabapentin, dosage
Added 23 Jan 2014:
I originally starting taking Gabapentin for chronic pain from an incomplete spinal cord injury and chronic pain syndrome. I was not diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder until 2012. In addition to the gabapention, I take alot of other meds for both conditions.
They are as follows:
Seroquel XR - 150MG (bipolar mania)
Lithium - 600MG (bipolar mania)
Lamictal - 150MG (bipolar depression)
Clonazepam - .5MG as needed (This is new this week)
Moving from 600MG Gabapention to 900MG (looks like it will be for both chronic pain and anxiety)
Cesamet - 6MG (for nerve pain)
Pariet - 40MG (for acid reflux)
Imovane - 7.5-15MG (for sleep if needed)
Nucynta IR - 50-400MG (for breakthrough pain)
My bipolar has been difficult to treat as I am mostly hypomanic or manic. We are still trying to make things right. This anxiety thing just reared its ugly head in November. I was taking ativan but it was hit and miss and was really not effective. That however is how I discovered that the gabapentin had a mild calming effect. My PDoc figures since I am already taking the gabapentin, it is a safe way to try to see if it will do a good job on the anxiety.
Thanks for all your feedback. It is appreciated.
My thoughts: I am not a doctor, but I think it should have already worked for anxiety if its going to at all. There are better medications for anxiety than gabapentin and for bipolar I have never heard of using gabapentin for bipolar. Again I am not a doctor so please don't quote me. I am just going by my own experiences with gabapentin, anxiety and bipolar. Hopefully another member will give you a better answer. Good luck
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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