I've lived with a cutaneous t-cell lymphoma for 14 years (weekly oral chemo pills), and type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome x (oral meds) for 4 years, but what spurred me to get a medical I.D. bracelet was being put on gabapentin in November (for carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis pain). One of the five engraved lines reads:
If I'm in an accident and unable to respond will the ETs know that Neurontin is the brand name gabapentin?
I wear a USB dog tag-I list my name-my HMO and number-doctors info then allergies and medical conditions and , of course, my meds. I've had it for several years, and I can update it. They also check your wallet, pocket for anything that pertains to your medical care.
Hi Nikki - yes, you've gotten great advice. I just wanted to add that if Neurontin is causing a lot of side effects there are other nerve pain meds to try. Lyrica is the newer form of Neurontin, plus there is an antidepressant that also helps with nerve pain, Cymbalta, also a drug named Savella. Personally I had a lot of side effects from Neurontin - like a word was on the tip of my tongue but I just couldn't say it!! and I like Lyrica much better. But my insurance had me complete a prior authorization by my doctor that showed I had tried Neurontin first (it's cheaper). You didn't ask this but I hope you don't mind me volunteering the info. I noticed you asked about how long people had been on Neurontin. About three very long, frustrating years for me and my family. Regards - ElizaJane
Hi, like you, i am on a lot of medication and i have 2 ID tags attached to my keys. I have had quite a few ambulance rides, most of them whilst i was in & out of consciousness, and considering the first & last things the paramedics do when they pick you up is open and then close (& lock your door) i've always thought it is a pretty safe place to have them/? It's always worked for me anyway.
I also take Neurontin & a ton off other medicines & conditions. I have one of the Jelly bracelets with the USB plug that is on one end of the bracelet & connects together. I have found these bracelets to be Life Savers as I have been transported twice by ambulance once awake & the other out. When I told them I had the bracelet in the ambulance & ER they all commented on how much they wished everyone would have these. Because you can input basically ALL your medical information & contact info. I got mine at Walgreens Drug Store the manufacturer is by CARE I believe. But you can pick them up at the stores or order them online & I think I paid $ 20 for mine. And the software program installs on any computer via the USB port & only takes seconds. It will walk you through your medical History & includes everything from imuzations to medication & conditions.
And foyer that price you can't even buy a id bracelet & have it engraved. And the great part is you can go into it & update it as much as you need to. I like the convenient way of keeping track of my medical blood test results also.
So definitely go online & check them out I am sure you can find them at various places. But I know you can get them online or in the store at Walgreens it will be the Best $ 20 you will spend & they come in various colors. Best if luck, Kathy
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