How is this medication given for pain when its a drug for fits? I have femoral nerve palsy in my left leg and bad pain in both my arms,and my lower back, i am undergoing tests but no results yet. I am on 1800mgs per day of Gabapentin and 30mg of Amitriptyline (which is a drug for depression) i am very confused and still in alot of pain, in fact these pills arnt making any difference, should i stop taking them?
Is Gabapentin a good painkiller?
Question posted by Liz12 on 10 May 2012
Last updated on 6 March 2018
Liz, I can certainly relate to your pain. But Gabapentin has a high range of 3600 mgs. You should see your Dr. because you well might need your dosage increased. You are right now only taking 1/2 of the total range of this drug. There's a whole lot of room for possible relief for you. Gabapentin works on nerve endings. It is not intended to be a painkiller. It works on quieting the nerve endings that end up relieving pain. That again is when the dosage strength is reached for an individual. It is surely different for everyone.
Please see your Dr. about this issue. I hope you feel better soon.
As I've said, for me it does not work on pain. So many doctors will say it works on pain but I disagree . As far as the other med, I hate to be harsh, but they're just blowing smoke up your b***. I know a lot of people who have taking that medication, and it does not work for them either. The most it will do for you is make you gain weight. As we all know kama I am NOT a doctor. However, I am speaking. From experience . Talk to your doctor, put it straight tell him its not working for you. It is your experience and do you need to advocate for your self. I am so sorry that you're in so much pain, I totaly understand what you're going through. I hope this helps you some how and God bless!
Gabapentin is a neurological drug, so it helps with nerve pain. Don't stop taking meds right away. Nerve pain is hard to get rid of and it may take a dose change eventually. Anti depressents are used to treat pain, however cymbalta is the usual one that is used.
- Gabapentin uses and safety info
- Gabapentin information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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