Gabapentin, brand name drugs include Neurontin and Gabarone, is an anticonvulsant used to treat nerve pain and seizures. Gabapentin is also used in adults to manage a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, which is pain that occurs after shingles.
So it is not used for arthritis.
I have RA. I also have a herniated disc in my neck. My GP prescribed Gabapentin for the neck - It has greatly reduced all my pain and I am continuing to take it. It is prescribed for nerve pain and often for fibromyalgia, it is an anticonvulsant but is used frequently to treat chronic pain
I have both fibromyalgia and osteo-arthritis. I am finding that gabapentin seems to relieve the arthritis pain in one shoulder, one hip and my neck which has a fused vertebrae from birth.
I recently suffered a fall and since my doctor won’t prescribe a course of naproxen-EC, which is the only NSAID I can take, that I must resort to 200mg of gabapentin at night and 100 mg during the day. Does this make any sense?
Has anyone else with both fibromyalgia and osteo-arthritis had this experience?
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