I'm only on 200mg per day for anxiety and have recall problems. I could likely live with that except I'm worried the issue will get worse and be permanant. Any experience out there with low dosage and memory issues?
2 Jul 2015
Was put on Gabapentin for accute sciatica in January and suffered from terrible side effects: put on 10kg + horrendous brain fog (total memory loss in mid sentence!) :-( Nothing seemed to help until I discovered the MR! Lost over 12kg in 4 weeks and was able to stop that dreadful drug! The brain fog eventually totally disappeared since both the weight gain & brain fog are caused by the fact that Gabapentin affects the brain, hence why no exercise will make any difference! The only way forward I have found is the MR because it resets your metabolism. Get in touch if you would like more info! I have testimonial of other people on it, who all have lost their weight :-)
I used to take it and too much can make you loopy stupid in the head, and after some time on it I too had trouble remembering things. I never used to have to write down my dr appointments before taking gabapentin, I was able to remember all my appointments easily
I'm about 2 years late on answering this but I only take 200 mg a day and my memory is so bad I'm worry all the time that I'm getting Alzheimers or that it will cause some kind of dementia. You asked your question in 2015 but maybe this will help someone else. I thought it was a problem with me because I'm only on 200 mg a day and other people are so much higher, so I'm hoping that it is just the gabapentin. I've been on it a little over a month to help with my insomnia along with Ambien. Ambien helps me fall asleep but doesn't keep me asleep so my psych. prescribed the gabapentin to help me sleep. I think it helped some but I dont like the side effects. I stay hungry all the time and my feet hurt and are tight from fluid build up. I'm gonna ask about stopping with the gabapentin
I have been on Gabapentin for 4 years & stated to notice about a year ago that mine was to , i was taking 1800 a day .My family & friends had noticed it but didn't want to say anything not knowing what i might say .I was even having a problem putting words together or friends would have to find the word by my describing it .I have only been off of it in a little over a month .like you i want to know if it will come back .Your symptoms seems to have come on quickly not like mine , would you be on anything else that could be causing this & i'm sure other DRs have mentioned it even to me '' it could be stressed ''.Anxiety can do many things ,even this .My husband has been battling anxiety for many many years & yes forgetfulness ,short & long term has been an issue .I see this was in 2015 & do hope you are better & have had a chance to find exactly if it is this MED that was causing this .All the best
Time on Gabapentin when people have Long-term memory loss *:
< 1 month: 43.04 %
1 - 6 months: 21.52 %
6 - 12 months: 18.57 %
1 - 2 years: 6.75 %
2 - 5 years: 3.8 %
5 - 10 years: 4.22 %
10+ years: 2.11 %
I had to stop taking just 100mg because of serious brain fog. I took as much as 300mg a day for awhile but cut back to 100mg because of the brain fog. Even at that low of a dose I had to stop because of the cognitive issues. Makes me sad because it was helpful for me, helped my pain and insomnia.
I am so glad I found everyone's comments here; I had begun to wonder if maybe I had had a small stroke or something due to the fogged cognition and bizarre memory problems I've been experiencing. I'm going to taper off the gabapentin and hope my cognitive functioning improves. I knew the detached, spacey, and scatterbrained way I've been feeling was probably the gabapentin, but it's the severe lack of recall, often in mid-sentence when talking that scares me. Thanks for sharing everyone.
I can relate to all of you. I'm an oldie around here who's coming back. I was on 3200mg of Gabapentin a day. Doc said it was too much, so I tapered off. I restarted at 1200 a day, now back up to 1800 mg. I have to live with the fibro fog to deal with the pain. Short term memory is bothersome, but I will survive.
Yes I did, many anti seizure medications will have this effect, Topamax was the worst.
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