My husband was born with a degenerative muscle and bone disease, much resembling MS, and has been through several different medications. The doctor recently prescribed Gabapentin to help with his problem of restless leg syndrome and pain. Within the first few days of taking this medication, I witnessed him have a grand mall seizure, which has never happened before. I am wondering because this medication is normally used for epilepsy, if it can actually CAUSE seizures if you are not normally prone to them.
In response to this, about 12 years ago I was trying different medications for mood swings, I tried this medication and within the 1st couple days of using this medication I had my 1st seizure, told my doctor about it and he kinda just looked at me like I was crazy because people sometimes use gabapetin to prevent seizures, I was removed from this medication and ive never had another seizure since then, it was the most scariest thing ive ever been through while trying out different medications
Gabapentin is expressedly one of the medications that are used for seizures.
You should tell your doctor and if he doesn't do anything - then see another
doctor who may know more about Gabapentin. I would slowly taper down until
your husband is off of them completely - by then you should have contacted
another doctor/neurologist and see if they have something else to give him
for his medical problems. Good luck and may God bless you both.
I’m glad your husband didn’t develop permanent grand mal seizures. I had an adverse reaction during the introduction to Gabapentin. I developed uncontrollable movements in 2008 after the 2nd consecutive 300 mg dose of Gabapentin. I have non epileptic seizures that are mainly twitching and jerking but worst of all, I lost the ability to control a smile. The doctor wouldn’t give me my brain MRI results that shows a 5 mm white non-enhancing area on my hypothalamus gland. I reported what happened to me to Med Watch. They sent me a thank you letter but said they needed one or two well documented reports, which means they need a report from the prescribing doctor. So introduction can cause seizures.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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