I started 300mg 1x day suppose to go up to 3x day. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have taken it for one week and I sleep at least 15 plus hours per day. How am I suppose to function?
Gabapentin makes me so sleepy. how can I work?
Question posted by jeannie goodmon on 7 May 2011
Last updated on 12 March 2022
I have just begun taking gabapentin 300 mg 3x / day. So far still don't get good sleep. But the sleep has been better until last night when I couldn't sleep.
In the morning I swim strenuously so it beats the sleepiness so far after I get up. So get out of bed and try swimming it is very healthy and it seems to keep me out of the drowsy mode so far. But when I go back home I take a short 20-30 minute nap after the strenuous swim. Use swim aids to keep you moving in the water. So far I am able to function. But I have only been doing gabapentin for 2 weeks. So pray for me.
I take 600 mg of gabapentin a night for anxiety and bipolar disorder. I am not allowed to have stimulants due to it possibly causing a manic episode and I have to limit my caffeine during the day as well. I am constantly sleepy and am not sure what to do. Any suggestions to battle the extreme sleepiness with these restrictions?
I am prescribed Gabapentin 300 mg take one 3 times a day I can take one and we'll sleep for 20 hours I do not understand because I know people that take four or five or six a day and don't sleep
I am currently taking 500 mg of Gabapentin 3 times a day for shingles and trigeminal nerve pain. I am lucky in the fact that I do not have to work because I could sleep the entire day.
Oh my I almost wish I didn't read this - I'm on 400mg x 3 daily & could sleep 25 hours a day! gabapentin has helped my nerve ending pain & I think reduced my fibromyalgia attacks however I also am on 150mcg/hour of Fentanyl for chronic osteoporosis including a Broken hip & knee which are inoperable, sadly Gabapentin has not helped that pain. I want to get into wheelchair and 'do' things but am continually sleeping. I can fall asleep mid a coffee or meal so.need to be super careful.
Someone mentioned Adderall to reduce tiredness - does this help please? Another mentioned caffeine & I have 2 double shot espressos a day - HELP PLEASE? I am hating my sleeping & want to be active. Thank you anyone who can advise.
I suffer from severe nerve pain in my feet and legs. We found my "sweet spot" for relief is 3600mg daily. I start my day with two 600mg. I function pretty well. Then I take one at noon. That is when the eyelids start to get heavy. I have to nap and find it difficult to function until around 6:00 pm. I go to bed around 11:00 and take 3 more 600mg. So if I want to be comfortable, I live with fatigue and constant weight gain. Not good for a diabetic. Good luck Jeannie!
Caffeine! I take between 200mg and 400mg of caffeine throughout my daily waking period and that seems to do the trick. I'm taking 300 mg of Gabapentin every eight hours for nerve pain and the caffeine is is the only way to stay functional and relatively pain free throughout the day. Remember, 400mg of caffeine is the equivalent to two strong cups of coffee or four smaller cups of coffee (but be sure to space them out properly). Four 100mg caffeine tablets taken (with any other non-caffeinated drink) at wake-up and every three to four hours throughout the day is really the ideal way to do it. Figure out how much you need by starting with 100mg in the morning and another 100mg six hours later. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others.
I take 3600 mg of gabapentin @day. My doctor has placed me on adderall 10mg 1 1/2*2@day. To keep me from falling asleep. Oh Boy I feel asleep on nite with a big bowl of chocolate ice cream my hubby woke me up after he took a embarrassing picture. It makes me crave weird concoctions of food my hubby calls it my gabapentin high or gabapentin munchies I want pickles and olives and cheese . Oh I hope I help
Hi Jeannie, First of all let me say I know where you are coming from. Functionong on these Fibro meds isnt easy. Sometimes harder than functioning with the fibro itself.
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Boy was I in a lot of pain. I’ve always been very healthy, so when I started hurting so bad I was really worried at what the prognosis might be.
A year into it, I started seeing a personal trainer. She introduced me to a wonderful supplement. After one month my generalized pain went away. I do not have the aches, stiffness, pain, or tingling like I did before I started taking this. I now have more energy. I’m not exhausted by 7:00 every night. I’m back to working in my yard again. Don’t get me wrong, I do still have tender, painful muscles, but only when I push or rub my muscles. I know people that have been able to get off some of their meds after taking this supplement for awhile.
I myself was taking 2 thyroid pills, pain pill & sleeping pill. I no longer take any of these. I have suggested this supplement to many friends & strangers. All have had amazing results.
Now, I have never in my life discussed or suggested anything to anyone. But I am so excited about this product and feel so strongly in its positive effects I just want to get the news out and help as many people as I can. Since this product has made such a difference in my life, I want to “pay it forward” and hopefully help one of you. I know first hand what it’s like to be in pain 24/7 and think that your previous way of life is gone forever. Helping someone else in this way is my primary goal here.
I don’t think I’m aloud to say the name here on the forum. So if you are truly tired of this disease, please get in touch with me.
I was told to take mine only at bedtime. Is there any way you could maybe take half earlier in the evening? You do eventually build up a resistence. It does work for pain, if you can eventually take it! Hope you find something... Sweetpea
Drowsiness and tiredness are common side effects of the gabapentin which may decrease with continued use. If this becomes intolerable as in effecting your work please discuss with the prescribing doctor. You may need a dosage adjustment or to taper up the dosage at a slower rate.
- Gabapentin uses and safety info
- Gabapentin information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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