I talked to my pharmacist and he told me that Neurontin has less side effects than Amitriptyline. He also told me that Neurontin is prescribed to patients to relieve their Nerve (Back Pain). I would like to know if anyone has tried Neurontin and has this medication eased your nerve pain also what side effects did you receive from taking this drug?
I have been on 2400mg of Neurontin for the past 4 or more years and it has helped me. As to side effects, I have none. But can differently tell in the morning if I wait until mid morning to it I have nerve pain. Hope this helps you.
Live, Love, and Laugh, Lisa
sarah in denver
23 Aug 2010
I have chronic pain due to a motorcycle accident in 1981. I take neurontin 3x a day. I have no side effects but have heard of others getting back pain and stiff joints. Check with your dr. but for me neurontin has been a relief. I am still in pain but it stays 'at a dull roar'. I hope it helps you as much as it has me.
24 Aug 2010
I'm happy that the others here have had help from the use of Neurontin however personally for me, having RSD aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy which is permanent nerve damage that is a disease that spreads through the body, they started me out on a low dosage with the goal of raising it to levels that people that have answered are on. It made me more loopy than the pain medication I was/still am taking. After getting up to 1200mgs, I felt that it was not helping the nerve pain at all and causing worse side effects than the pain medication. After going off of it I actually started to feel better. The one thing we all need to know as we do all have pain in common but in different ways is that one medication that works very well for one patient may not for another.
I would not tell you to not try it but there are side effects to taking an epileptic medication or any medication as we all react differently. I am allergic to most pain prescription pain medications to the point I have ended up in the ER early on more times than I could count. I just want you to know how different we all are but I wish you the best and hope this works for you.
25 Aug 2010
Dear Lisa: Everybody has different responses to different medications. You cannot ask one person whether a medication will be good for you. You have to trust your doctor and try it. I have had NUMEROUS pain problems since a car hit me 16 years ago, and a few years ago they tried neurontin on me. I called it my miracle drug. I couldn't BELIEVE how much pain it relieved, BUT, after being on the maximum dosage (3600 mg daily), feeling fantastic, and wondering why I had been gaining weight so much. Being that I have always had problems with weight since being hit, I figured I was just gaining weight. After 100lb, the doctors yelling at me, and I am telling them that I am eating no different than before, plus I was able to exercise more than ever because of the neurontin, we realized that it was the neurontin that was causing all the weight gain.
I was retaining FLUID!! After going through many tests for my heart, circulation, diabetes, etc., we realized that I was going to have to go off of the neurontin. My miracle drug. It has been several years, and I have only lost about 20 lbs. of fluid, and now have to wear these nasty compression hose daily, to keep from getting clots in my legs. I have recently seen a new pain doctor, and she told me just to take 300 mg. at night, so that I don't wake up in the AM with so much pain that it takes me over an hour to get out of bed. AGAIN, my miracle drug!! I can get out of bed in the AM without having to 'bounce' back and forth, until I can tolerate the pain and get u and take pain meds. Guess what? My ankles are swelling MORE again. Where do you draw the line?? This time I will NOT give up that one dose at night, as the pain is too much to bear in the AM, and I don't need as much pain meds as before. But if I start to gain weight again, I am going to have to reconsider. This is why I tell you that you can't ask people what side effects they have because you are an entirely different human make genome than they are. You just have to try it and see.
Good luck!! Msfino
30 Aug 2010
Nerve pain from shingles was excuriating like being on fire for me and was prescribed neurontin with good results. I was lucky.The only side affects that I had was sleepiness. It was effective and 2 mos. later I didn't need the med for pain. Now I have to deal with post-shingles depression.I take prozac for that.
13 Jan 2011
I was prescribed neurontin aka gabapentin for nerve damage to my back , i found them to be very effective with very few side effects , when you begin taking them ,you start in small doses and then increase over time according to prescription info , the side effects are mostly .tiredness , dry mouth ,slurred speech , but these dissappeard after 2-3 weeks , the usual recommendations , do not drive or use machinery etc , i hope this information was helpful , but bear in mind that not all people experience the same effects , my advice is to read the instructions that come with these drugs .
your pharmacist is correct, the amitriptyline drugs have their place even though they have been out for a number of years, I am allergic to basically all of them they caused me twitching and seizures, but one medicine will work for one person when another it causes side effects I have a friend who used Neurontin for nerve pain and that was the only medication that worked for her the one thing she found out she could not stop the medication cold turkey good luck
I have a good friend and a relative who both use this for this type of pain so far so good
25 Jan 2011
I was on 900 mg of Neurontin which did not help me so I quit taking it. I'm going to pain management now and he put me back on it once a day at bedtime. I think he did this because I was having a hard time getting to sleep and this drug can make you drowsy. What helps one person may not help you. Keep that in mind as you and your doctor work you way through the maze of drugs. I do hope it helps you, but be prepared to be drowsy at first.
as I have said before I have family and a freind who has this type of pain and even one woman who is a dear friend who was put on this for nerve pain associated with shingles, all of them have had good effects with this although let me be one to say because one person does well with a medicaton does not mean that it happens with everyone discuss this thoroughly with your doctor and make an informed decision I wish you only the best
28 Dec 2011
I have only been on neurontin for a week and it already has taken the pain away.I was on every pain drug for my back and did physical therapy and many back adjustments. This was a last resort that my new pain management doctor suggested I tried I am very happy and do not have nerve pain any more. The only side effect I have had is dizziness. But I highly suggest you try it.
10 Oct 2012
I was given it for neck and back pain and it did not work but as I complain to the dr. About these side effect: falling he have me a can: sleep changed up all night sleep all day or no sleep for 24-36 hrs: headache : right eye vision changed: left side arm/ leg numbness: until I fell and hit my head and was taken to the er for stroke like system x2 thats when the er dr. Took me off of the med now my question is I still have all of these side effect but will they go away. Still in major pain
15 Apr 2013
I take neurontin (gabapentan) for an upper back and neck injury. 1200 mgs 3xday. It has been so helpful to me. Nothing takes all the pain away, but this sure makes it tolerable. The only side effect for me is if I run out, I get pain, headache, feel awful. Doctor told me not to run out, it is not something you just stop taking. Whatever the side effects, for me, the quality of life I have without this drug, is unbearable. It has helped me so much.
22 Jul 2013
I just started Neurontin on Friday night and I feel so tired. I am on 300mgs 2x a day now. My Dr said he was keeping me on 300mgs 2x a day. I have chronic back pain. I have a buldging L5 disk. I have had 3 sets of back injections. The first 2 seemed to work some but the last one no. I feel some numbness except where the pain is. I know it takes time to work. I'm an impatient patient lol. I have heard stories from so many people how it didn't work and I just hope that this will work soon. I feel tipsy and when my eyes want to close they close. I just want to do things. I also suffer from fibromyalgia, IBS, severe anxiety/depression. I just get very discouraged with all of this. Any good words would be great. Thank you for listening.
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