Yes, 100mg is far too low to be effective. To put it in perspective the daily theureputic dose is around 1200-1600mg. However, in order to minimize some not so fun side effects the dose starts low and is increased slowly until it reaches therapeutic levels. Usually the total dose is divided up to take at intervals throughout the day. Though your doctor may do things differently.
The most challenging side effect for me was a profound sleepiness that interfered with my day to day activities. I could fall asleep anywhere. As with most drugs it's a good idea to discover your particular reaction/side effects before you do anything requiring alertness.
If you're feeling discouraged that the gabapantin is not helping remember that 100mg is not even close to theureputic/working level. If you want to truly see if it will work for you give it a month or two on the full dose your doctor recommends. In all honesty Gabapantin can be hellish to get off of because of withdrawal and the same can sometimes be said for the adjustment period but due to side effects. Some people feel flu like and awful and others don't.
Despite the above cautions I found it worked for me so it was a worthwhile risk to endure the side effects. Raising it slowly helps to minimize the worst of the side effects. Good luck!
Cosmo; No really this is why they started coming out with lower dose's this is just for starting so the side effects don't hit as severe and the doctor will slowly keep increasing it until you notice relief. Which can be quite a bit different for different people. So just start it as prescribed. And also if for any reason you have any problems it's easier for them to change the medication when we start low and work our way up. Due to how some of us are so sensitive to any medication. Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.
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