I am have bad anxiety, panic attacks and depression and have tried 3 different SSRIs, all of which made me feel MORE anxious and crazy. My doctor suggested this med. Can anyone tell me the difference in the experience of taking this vs. an SSRI? I am hoping it has an immediate calming affect with no chance of making me feel manic, more anxious, scared or agitated like the SSRIs all tend to do. Any advice/shared experiences very much appreciated! Thank you!
Question posted by BostonJS37 on 8 Sep 2014
Last updated on 15 September 2014 by Eeeeker
Gabapentin works well for my everyday anxiety, won't stop acute panic though, but have less attacks.
I was only on this drug for one week and developed severe tremors in both arms. Called my doc . and she weined me off.
I can tell you from experience that after my dose reached 900mg a day (doc wanted me up to 3000mg) I started seeing trails from lights and driving was not safe I felt realty angry and had to stop and it did nothing for the condition I have. but on the other hand my daddy-in-law had Parkinsons and it helped with his RLS so he slept a little better.
Gabapentin is not a SSRI. It has been used for many different things. It has been used as an anti-depressant, anti-convulsive, nerve pain (neuropathy) and probably others. I take it for nerve pain but in conjunction with citalopram and lamictal I have noticed a positive difference in my bipolar. If you gave the other drugs sufficient time to work and were weaned off properly (supervised by your physician) then you have nothing to lose by at least trying it. If you doubt your doctors competency then maybe you should get a second opinion, otherwise I would follow his instructions.
No, Gabapentin will treat anxiety, even if it says it will - it won't.
Have you ever tried Klonopin??? Good anxiety drug.
I take it and have been on it several years - it works every time.]
I can't believe your doctor has prescribed Gabapentin for anxiety when there
are so many newer ones on the market. Try another doctor and mention
what you have taken and why, then ask him about Klonopin. Ask him to
write a prescription for you. It works.
Blessings to you and good luck. Please let us know how you make out.
Here's my question, how long did you take each one of the ssris? Did you give them a chance? I don't see that gabapentin will help anxiety. Have you tried buspar?
Before I answer, please tell me what you have tied before and the scenario for each, by that I mean, how much time was each one given before changing to another, and, how much time elapsed between med changes, meaning, how much time to wean off one before beginning another, and finally, were all those three prescribed by the same Dr.
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