My doctor gave to me for shingles said would help with the pain and also help with mood swings. I was told to take it at bedtime. I am really nervous about it hearing different stories about this drug. Any advice from people who have taken it.
Hi. Take the med at bedtimes. My daughter takes it then to relieve pain. She can sleep better and we all know sleep is essential to healing. She takes it in the day when her neck gets really bad. She makes sure she doesn't drive and of course no alcohol of any amount.
She has occasional vivid dreams but they are just interesting and no big deal. She is young twenties and works hard.
Try it and see. Shingles hurt like crazy. You can always call your doc if there is an issue. Right? Good luck.
Here is a link for you - hope it helps.
Hi daisybean, my son had shigles near his eyes & they prescribed Lyrica for his. Helped the pain a lot , but the side effect of some blurry vision he could not work with, but it did help the pain tremendously. I take it for fibromyalgia, & couldn't manage without it... Just a thought... Mary
I have taken Gabapentin for over 10 years. I take 3600 Mg per day most of it in the evening and at bed time. The first two months had a good bit of side effects but they started going away. I take it to avoid surgery on my back. I avoid taking it in the mornings to limit any drowsey issues. But it great for getting a good nights sleep. On low dossages less then 1200 mg id take it all at bed time. Hope this helps!
Well I’ve been taking 2,400 mg if gabapentin and 1 pill of amitriptyline ( 25 mg ) before bedtime. I still have shingles and like most people who get this illness, they don’t get it in their eye, but I apparently did. I lost 5% of my vision in my right-side eye. So instead of having 20 - 15 vision, I now have 20 - 20 in both eyes. Anyway, I’ve been on this medicine since 04/27/2017 and it is very slowly getting somewhat better. Thought I’m in constant pain throughout the day. I have post perpactic syndrome. My optic nerve has destroyed my cells and I’m not sure if I’ll ever really recover.
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