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I have been taking high doses of Gabba-P for over 2 years and have not experienced weight gain. While taking Lyrica I had significant weight gain despite a high activity level and conservative diet plan.
No I have been losing weight, as I am taking gabapentin.
bomb; I dought very much that it is from the medication, Most people loose appetite so you should just be aware of what your eating, Could just be a nervous reaction on your part but the last thing you want to do is gain weight unless you need to. Maybe buy some gum, Make sure when you take your medication take it with a full glass of water to give you more of a full feeling. Or even get some healthy snacks if nothing else. We can all react differently from any medication but at least your aware of it and can try and nip it in the bud before the weight does become a problem.
Since you are taking Gabapentin in the first place, your doctor should be aware of the weight gain without successful loss when trying - it may be an additional symptom of underlying illness or the doctor may try a different medication.
My experience with Gabba and Lyrica were being exactly the same as Shelley's comment as far as weight loss.
From what I've read on this site, the general consensus is no gain but some with loss.
An idea that may reassure you would be to weigh yourself daily at same time. It sounds like over-kill but I have a reason.
GABA can affect your thinking or memory.
Initially, it's very disconcerting if this had never happened to you before.
Help your brain out a bit by not having to wonder if it's weight day, .or did I do it yesterday, but then it could be tomorrow!
Yes, you could use a calendar but that's one more thing to keep from losing... Lol
You know what I mean!
As long as you stay within the amount your comfortable with then you are good to go.
Stay on your usual diet to get a correct picture.
Also as (sorry I forgot the previous name) said that it could be indicative of another disease being present. Very good!
People on Lyrica should probably do it twice a day! No, I'm joking but watch it very carefully so there are no big shocks 2 months later at your next doc appt.
Always keep in mind the emotional affects of these drugs. If you are close to someone and they spend a lot of time with you, a confidential conversation may be helpful.
Explain the med and side effect. Ask if they would quietly observe your communication and reactions. If they notice something different about you, ask if they will honestly tell you.
Best wishes :-)
I have been on it for a year (200mg in the morning and 300mg at night and it never made me eat more or gain weight
In August my dose was increased from 600mg 3x daily to 800 mg 3x daily. My memory has really suffered but my quality of life has improved. I'm really starting to worry about that. As far as my weight I had a 60lb gain over a period of 6months because of back pain that ended my 4 mile walks every evening. I've since had back surgery with spacers/cages/plates and screws as well as total hip replacement and I'm still living with hip and leg pain 2yrs after surgery., but the memory loss and just forming sentences makes my family think I'm crazy now
I don't know if this medication make u gain weight
I believe it made me gain weight. Since I've been on it, about a year, I've gained about 30 pounds. Plus, I crave sugar snacks. I take 400 mg three times a day.
I noticed that my appetite has increased since being on it for 1 yr. so I do watch what I eat now. I don’t think I have gained weight but I don’t usually weigh myself since I can tell by how my clothes fit.
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