I was just prescribed gabapentin. I'm a bit leery about taking it. I am an active gym person. I'm experiencing hot flashes about 4-6 an hour. I can't sleep. I work out and eat well so the weight gain has me doubtful that this med is for me.
No its not a steroid, far from it. No one is sure why people gain weight on it, but you can control it if you watch your weight and do a little more exercise. It has helped my fibro immensely. I think if I was having menopause hot flashes again, I'd do what I did before, go on estrogen.
No gabapentin is for nerve pain & estrogenis for menopause. ( Hot Flashes ). Why was you put on gabapentin? This might be side effects you are having. When I started Gab. I had some side effect they only lasted a few weeks. I wouldn't stop my Gab. it has done wonders for my nerve damage pain.
Hi I am new in this site. I thought I can share my experience with gabapentin. I started more than a year ago, and I started to gain weight almost immediately. I am very active, exercise almost every day and I am very careful with what I eat ( almost zero sugar and low carbs) despite that I kept on gaining weight. I did help me at first with fibromyalgia pain, but now it seems like my body got used to it. The withdrawal is horrible, you have to do it little by little. I wish I had read this comments before I started to take it. My advice is stay away from it. No matter how healthy you eat or the amount of exercise you do, you will still gain weight. The other thing is that it mess up your brain. Your short term memory is affected. I keep forgetting words in middle of the conversation is horrible.
I agree the withdrawal is horrible. I was on it for over 10 years and weaned myself off of it very slowly recently. I didn't gain weight but I do have the short term memory loss. It can also cause osteoporosis, which I now have. Pretty harsh drug. Might want to think twice about staying on it. Go To Patients forum and put it in the search bar and read the posts.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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