I know that Gabapentin works great for neuropathy. I take 2400 mg. and it works wonders. I don't have very much pain during the night, which was a real problem for me. If you have to work, it makes me a little drowsy, so take it on a weekend or early in the evening, so you don't have a groggy feeling in the morning.
I haven't taken Lyrica, but I understand it's a good medication. The next med that the docs want me to try is Lyrica. I've been on Gabapentin for over 2 years and unless I have to, I don't want to change.
As I understand it, Lyrica increases appetite, weight gain and drowsiness.
Lyrica causes some people to have suicidal thoughts. (This is probably common in a lot of meds we take) The cost of Lyrica is more. Some insurances pay $10 every two weeks with insurance for Gabapentin, and $30 a mos for Lyrica with insurance. I think they both cost about the same, but from what I've found out, Lyrica is definately more expensive. I'm not sure if that's an issue for you, yet it is for so many people.
I pray you find the right medication. It's really difficult sometimes. We're here, so you won't be alone if a med doesn't work or does.
I've tried both and I was very allergic to Lyrica, yet I am able to take gabapentin. I have some major cognitive side effects from Gabapentin (Neurontin), my memory is affected, and I must hunt for words, it's just blown my vocab out of the water. But it helps a bit with my severe nerve pain.
Best wishes to you.
I've tried both, and Cymbalta. The Gabapentin caused problems with my speech - it was like I had a word on my tongue but couldn't say it to save my life! I'm on Lyrica now, and once my body adapted to the sleepiness it has worked well for me. Cymbalta and Savella also help with nerve pain, so you may want to check those as well. Good luck!
I too have taken both having severe neuropathy in my feet and fingers. Lyrica 300mgs 3x a day but like alot of people say,weight gain. I gained 40 lbs in 1 year,only side effect I had. Gabapentin,now I take 300mgs 4x a day,not quite as strong as Lyrica(a close second) with no side effects.I have heard memory and speech problems and a few others. Remember everybodys body is different so they effect people not all the same. best of luck
Your doctor should allow you to try each. Gabapentin caused my brain to be confused and not be able to carry on a complex discussion. I could not take it and work. I take Lyrica which causes less confusion but just as gabapentin did I am unstable on my feet and must use a cane with either. I have post-surgical neuropathy.
I've taken both and I prefer Gabepentin a lot more than Lyrica! I have a sensitive digestive system and Lyrica caused me a lot of stomach issues. I only take 300mg of Gabapentin in the morning and afternoon and then take 900mg at night. That way it helps me sleep and helps the pain throughout the day.
I have neuropathy real bad. I have taken Gabapentin at 2000 mg a day and it did nothing. I was told that lyrica was in the same family as gabapentin. My doctor put me on amitriptyline 100 mg at night and it did wonders. It is normaly used for depression but it also worked for me.Actually it did both when I quit hurting I wasn't so depresed about it.
I have taken both Gabapentin and Lyrica. I found out the hard way that the Lyrica gave me seizures. So, for me the Gabapentin is a better choice. They are indeed weaker but still work well. You may not have the "allergy" to Lyrica that I had that caused the seizures, but you never know!
gabapentin and Lyrica are both horrible meds to take. These medications are actually anti-seizure medication. While trying to develop a medication for seizures they realized that the side effects of slowing down one's brain was that they could not feel their feet. While many people believe that these medications are working they are actually only masking the pain while your neuropathy continues to grow worse. There are clinics out there that can help stop the progression of neuropathy without using medications or surgery. Please check out the website optimalhealthca.com. Educate yourself on how to effectively treat neuropathy in a non invasive way.
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