I’ve been on gabapentin for two days and I am experiencing the worst vivid nightmares I’ve ever had I wake up and I’m not even awake I’m just in another dream almost having trouble distinguishing from being awake to the dream is anybody else experiencing this does it subside thank you
I am on gabapentin for the last two days I have had the most vivid nightmares I’ve ever had I wake
Question posted by Stripper50 on 29 Jan 2018
Last updated on 9 September 2022 (3 weeks ago) by DaneL24
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Yep same here, I actually just woke up from a dream that had been repeating all night. I am on 600mg three times a day for back pain. My dreams have always been very vivid and I've been a lucid dreamer since a was 6 years old but this drug makes me have very stressful dreams. I can wake up and fall right back into it, I do have a lot going on in my life right now but damn was that intense, I also exhausted. Im glad it's not just me though.
I take a small dose of 200 mg at night and 100 mg in the morning for neuropathy. I’ve been having weird dreams which sometimes include vivid smells. This morning at 4:30 I smelled eggs frying and my husband, who I saw on the stairs, said there are scrambled eggs if you want some. I woke up and went downstairs but nobody was up yet. I’ve had odd dreams like this several times since starting this medicine.
I have been taking gabapentin the past few days and have in the past for my Trigeminal Nueralgia. The dreams are so vivid and they all seem to depict my worst nightmare in a different form each time. When I wake from the dream I’m typically sweating and my heart is racing and I’m terrified !!!
I have been having very vivid dreams since day one taking Gabapentin. However, like all the responses of have read my
dreams are the opposite. They are very clear, vivid and sometimes funny dreams. Last night my husband woke me up from a dream so funny that I couldn't stop laughing and I laughed so hard it got him started laughing. I have been enjoying the dreams.
My experiences are similar. I just started 3 days ago on 100 mg at bedtime for Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. Last night, I dreamed about killing everyone in the world and then saving them again. I am like a zombie during the day. No way I can take this any longer in hopes the dreams will go away. It's worse than the PLMD.
I have been on Gabapentin, 800 mg two times daily for many years. Use-MS and fibromyalgia pain. Recently I was prescribed 1200 mg twice daily. The bizarre, seemingly real dreams, which have started with new dose, are so disturbing, I wake up terrorized and exhausted. My heart races. Now my pain and stiffness often increased. Believe because I tense up while dreaming and causes my symptoms to intensify. Will be decreasing my dosage after conferring with my neurologist. Thank you for sharing and helping me (hopefully) find a solution to this side effect
I have dreams too. But I find I can control them to a point. I fall asleep to an audio book of the Book of Psalms and have peaceful dreams. I also pray for other people before I get in bed. That helps the peaceful mood too and it shows in my dreams. I also dream when I'm half asleep. I was staring at my pillow this morning when a dream came out of it and started playing in front of me. I was awake. It was a nice dream but the bad part about it is I thought it was cool and I liked it. That kind of reaction should have bothered me. I only went from 100 to 200 mg. It takes the pain away but puts me in another world
yes. several repeating dreams of being lost/trapped
I have been taking Gabapentin for about 8 years now. I take 900 mg per day along with 1250mg per day of Keppra for seizures. I have vivid dreams, but not terrible nightmares. I sometimes cannot tell if something really happened, or if I dreamed it. I often feel exhausted during the day feeling as though I have been doing something all night. I find staying home at night, listening to calm music and reading helps a lot- along with 6mg of melatonin before bed. For years I took Dilantin which caused horrible dreams and damage to my liver. I believe lyrica has more, and worse side effects than gabapentin. I would do something very relaxing for a couple of hours before bed. Also limit caffeine, and limit nicotine. There are worse drugs than gabapentin. Get off the computer at night!
Gabapentin satisfies GABA receptors in the brain without actually attaching to the receptor site... I believe that you need GABA attaching to receptors and not rely on gabapentin alone to satisfy GABA needs, especially at night
I am on my 2nd week of Gabapentin for a combination of help sleeping and peripheral nerve irritation. I am *definitely* having wild & vivid dreams. I kind of like it, because sleep is definitely interesting, but I’m not sleeping that much. In seemingly one second, I will be out for an hour! As others have said, distinguishing sleep from wakefulness is sometimes difficult. Many of my dreams involve being chased or committing crimes! Entertaining but not necessarily restful!
I just started taking this medication today, for my Hot Flashes. I was told it would make me drowsy but I am still awake hours later. I'm on a 300mg dose. I am very afraid of GAINING WEIGHT! Ugh!! I'm already overweight, but I'm hoping for the side effect of losing weight. Is anyone losing weight?
I took my first dose last night. It helped my pain tremendously... however the dreams I had were so weird! It was like a horror movie. In the dream I woke up... but I wasn’t awake. (If that makes any sense) I’m glad to know that it’s not just me. I pray that you’ll be ok. We’ll have to figure out if the benefits outweigh the side effects.
I have had this same problem. I've been on it for about a week now and every night, every dream, seems so real. Super vivid. I usually tend to dream about what happens the day before. It's super gnarly. Also, I've had moments where I can't distinguish reality from dream. I can definitely relate! I have a shoulder problem where there is a massive uncomfortable feeling and I have to move/adjust/twitch my shoulder to feel better. But all that movement just causes pain. So my doctor prescribed me this medicine. I hope this helped.
I just started taking it and I’m part awake and part asleep when I’m,dreaming. I sometimes sleep in the hot tub that is in my living room because I have severe Restless Leg syndrome that’s why I started taking the Gabapatin in combination with Mirapex. I use a inflatable tire that goes around my chest so I don’t drown when I fall asleep, well anyways I had this dream that these monsters opened the side of my hot tub so I would float into this purple glowing cave.now I’m half asleep. The control panel of my spa I had put a towel over so the lights wouldn’t bother me. Well it was glowing and trying to get me to go into the cave . I told them to close my hot tub and for them to leave. They didn’t. I took my water noodle and started beating the control panel then I called for my husband. He came down and I told him to tell those monsters to leave. He said Elisa your dreaming. For about 2 hours I still thought they were real
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