my Dr just starting giving me Gabapentin, for nighttime neck & back pain.
It somehow seems to work the next day. If I miss a dose, I can really tell. Also, I just ran out of Xanax XR. (4 days early). Can't get it till then. So, I read people are taking it during the day for anxiety. Is it safe and effective to do so? I would really appreciate people taking it during the day, and does it help with Anxiety? Thanks so much. djt.
My Dr just started me 600 mg Gabapentin at night, will it help if taken during the day for anxiety?
- 10 Feb 2013 by djmedjyou33
- 14 November 2018
- xanax, xanax xr, anxiety, pain, panic disorder, back pain, gabapentin
Hi, DJ and welcome to DC! All I can offer is my own personal experiences. Im not a medical professional. We have many members here who are and will gladly help you!
I currently take 600mg 3x a day. It is very helpful for me. As for Xanax, I use it mainly for anxiety and insomnia. If anxiety hits, I will take 0.5mg to 1mg. This works good for me, BUT! Remember, what works for one person may not work the same for another! I dont take the XR version and you dont mention what the milligrams are that you take. Some of our med pros here might have a better answer for you! Have a great one!
I actually take all my gabapentin doses during the day because if I take it too close to bedtime it keeps me awake all night (go figure!). I take it for neurological pain and symptoms, but when I went off of the anti-depressant I'd taken for years for generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder (Lexapro), I noticed that even after months, and even a year and more, my anxiety and panic attacks never returned to pre-medication levels, and I attribute it to being on the gabapentin, as I'd had an increase in my dosage around the same time I went off the Lexapro (which I did cold-turkey, which I had no problem with personally, even after being on it for years, but I don't recommend others doing as it can cause withdrawal syndrome).
Sometimes drugs like gabapentin (neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica) are used off-label for mood disorders, and are also sometimes useful for anxiety. I suggest speaking with your doctor who prescribes your gabapentin about taking daytime doses too (perhaps small ones spread throughout the day with the biggest dose at bedtime) to see if it has a positive effect on your anxiety when taken during the day.
Everyone is different, it makes me drowsy so if it makes you drowsy I would not take it during the day unless you want to just be drowsy all day, but I have too much to do in the daytime to take something that makes me tired. I just take it at night for my pain,insomnia, and ADHD. It really helps me I take two 300mg pills a night it works great. If it's not working well enough for you, try asking your doc to up the dosage. Or take it in the daytime if it doesn't make you drowsy you should be fine. But you should still ask your doctor before changing the way you take your medication. Hope this helped.
Hello djmedjyou33, Gabapentin is designed for nerve pain, not anxiety! What dosage of Xanax are you on? As far as Xanax is concerned maybe your pharmacist can give you a few till he can contact your doctor. Otherwise, call him with your concern!
Take care & be well
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