I have been on 300 mg of Neurontin for more than two weeks now. I was on Tramadol and thought it wasn't helping, so they swithched me to this. Now I wish I was back on my Tramadol! I am so tired all the time, and even with the cymbalta I take, I have lost interest in everything. I am frustrated that I can't feel better!
I have had very good luck with Neurontin.
I have really bad pain with my fibromyalgia and chronic kidney stones. Put the pain I have from my recent back injury and woo hoo, I hurt!
I was taking 600mg of Neurontin without noticing much, then I went to the physiatrist (back pain dr) and he upped the Neurontin to 2400mg to help with the pain. I am still suffering from the back pain, but the fibromyalgia pain is MUCH better! I actually can move around!
I would definitely ask your doctor to increase the dose.
I agree about the Cymbalta, I have no real desire to do anything. I believe it is the Cymbalta that makes me so tired, but the depression and lack of any good emotions doesn't help either. I am going to ask for a different anti-depressant since I don't think it helps with my pain anyway. I just have to make sure that I don't take one that makes me gain weight. I have enough issues with that.
My psychiatrist thought I may have adult ADD and I am taking a small dose of Dexedrine to help me focus. It seems to help with focus AND energy (sometimes it kills my appetite, which doesn't hurt me).
I have to make sure that I don't take the Dexedrine too late in the day or I am up all night. I really think that even if I didn't have ADD (not convinced anyway), that they should have prescribed this a long time ago when the Fibromyalgia began manifesting as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome along with pain.
I wish there was some help for the pain in my lower back, and that they could find the source of my chronic kidney stones (at least one every 4-6 weeks).
Because the doctors thought I was addicted to Vicodin, I am never allowed to have any pain medicine that could actually work for my acute pain. Interesting that they are allowing me to take Dexedrine since it is an amphetamine...
I don't think I was an addict, I think I was, and still am, in a great deal of pain from my herniated disk and kidney stones. I started, and continued, taking the medication because I hurt. I just happened to have marital problems at the same time, so the Vicodin was to blame. Heaven forbid that it be the physical pain that made me want to take it.
I am a Kaiser patient, so no matter who I see, or what I tell them, they think I am drug-seeking. I am still working on this with my team of doctors. Someday they will see that all I want is relief, not the high they think I get. (I don't feel different in my head when I take the medication, except I am relieved that I can deal with the pain better.)
Bottom line, Neurontin is working very well for my fibromyalgia pain. You are taking the lowest dose possible. Let your dr know that it isn't working and you want to try to increase it. I don't think that the Neurontin makes me tired anymore.
The first two or three weeks it may have, but now I don't think it does. (You may want to ask about the Dexedrine for energy. If you have sleep problems or struggle to eat, this may not be a good medicine.)
Hi, you didn't say what you're taking Neurontin for? That would help answer the question. I have RSD-Reflexive Sympathic dystrophy or disorder depending on the doctor's thinking. It's also called the suicide disease-gives U an idea. I've been able to take it to break the pain cycle and then back off and stop taking it. My RSD was caused by a botched breast biopsy and 2 of my right fingers turned black and flopped around. I was pretty much okay after pain therapy, but I had 2 incidents where my chest area was hit and the pain came back really bad. It took about 3 weeks to start feeling good, but I took a lot more than 300 MG, I was taking about 1200 mg. So talk to your doctor. I didn't have any emotional problems and got through my days pretty good. I was in school and graduated from the university with a GPA of 3.99-I had a history teacher and a studio art teacher that didn't like me.
Two weeks is not long enough to know if neurotin is going to help your pain. Plus it is the lowest dose. Usually a doctor would have you take 300mg for 2 weeks & increase another 300mg at 2 week intervals until you reach a doseage that helps your pain. The reason they do it this way is for the side effects. It can make some people very sleepy. If your doctor has not discussed this with you , you should contact him or her about an increse in your dose. Hope this helps...
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