... seem odd as we know what GABA is mainly used for. Is anyone else using GABA for the treatment of anxiety, depression?If so do you feel is is helpful??
Gabapentin is used as an antidepressant and sometimes as a mood stabilizer. They also use it to treat seizures and nerve pain. Some off these uses are considered "off label" meaning the drug has been approved for one condition but it's been found to successfully treat other things.
I took Gabapentin as an adjunct medication to my antidepressants, daily at 900mg/day for about 9 months for the anxiety I had along w depression. I felt it did help but it also made me very "foggy" with a disconnected feeling, almost an imbalance while walking as well. A note on Gabapentin is that it can be used at very high doses... 900/day may sound like a lot to someone taking 200mg/day but my doctor said some people take even 2,000mg/day. From my support groups it seems to be an average use of 600/day-900/day from most ppl. It is almost always prescribed to take 3 times a day because of the short half life... I am curious if your doctor plans to also increase yours to 3 times a day but its titrating up to that. I was switched to Lyrica (pregabalin) which is a second generation form of gabapentin and it is known to be more effective but with less side effects. I can attest that it definitely made a difference and I loved the Lyrica. I can see why it was formulated and marketed heavily, but the down side is that it is not available in generic form yet and is therefore pricey. IT costs me $25 copay instead of my regular $15 copay. (Now I take baclofen instead, it is the only gaba drug that works on gaba B and not gaba A, and is cheap, no side effects, and works great for anxiety. Has a slight relaxing affect that keeps anxiety at bay almost always.)
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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