... i get married in four months and I want to get back to my normal size and i am desparately unhappy ..i am three times bigger than i was and my appetitie has not increased. I exercise three times a week too and i losing it everywhere but my stomach it is so big and bloated. I have had none stop side affects as well as the weight gain..any ideas anyone?
my symptoms have got better as i suffer side effects from scar tissue on my spinal cord and there has to be something else that works just as good without the weight gain
While weight gain is a side effect of gabapentin, stopping is not going to cause the weight to drop off. You will have to diet as in reduce your daily calorie intake to lose the weight. You need to be realistic in your weight loss goals. Eight pounds a month is what I shoot for with 6 pounds being a good average. So between now and your wedding, you could lose around 25 pounds and expect to keep it off. I really recommend you try to continue on the gabapentin and start changing your eating habits so to reduce your calorie intake and see what happens.
As far as alternatives to the gabapentin that won't cause weight gain, you might try Cymbalta though I must say that some people do gain weight on it while others do not.
Wish I could help more and congratulations on the upcoming marriage,
27 Jul 2017
Hello, I just recently got off of gabapentin about a week ago. I have those exact same side effects. No appetite, huge bloated stomach, and weight gain. I'm just curious was it easy for you to get the weight off once you got off? If so, how long did it take? I'm so sick of hating my body. It would mean so much if you replied! Thank you!
5 Aug 2017
I just stopped gabapentin 3 days ago. I gained about 7 lbs after 6 weeks on it. I thought the bloating and large stomach would go away quickly but it has not. I have eaten a very healthy diet and exercised 5-6 days per week. There is no reason other than the gabapentin that I would have gained weight. I am seriously hoping this weight will come off soon!
12 Aug 2017
I have been taking Gabapentin for over a year almost 2 actually, with the last 8 months a doseage increase. I have always been in good shape and are very healthy. This medication has caused me to gain a solid 10 lbs the first year and another 5-10 after doubling the disease. It's an awful feeling and I'm researching alternatives. I have limited exercise capabilities now and can't go running everyday. I do a lot of Pilates. This medication helps very much with sciatica pain. I take it at night, and I wake up in the morning starving to death and craving sugar! It's so crazy. I can't do it anymore. Im going to see my Dr. In a week and try Cymbalta hopefully. I literally feel so bloated like I am extremely swollen and wearing a fat suit. To simply say lower you calorie intake and exercise, it's not that simple. The medication does something to the brain that you have no self control, like I did when I wasn't taking it.
I would love to hear how people are doing once they stop taking it. I'm hoping to become myself again within 3-4 months. In addition, I hope Cymbalata helps with the pain.
28 Dec 2017
I've always been slim with a beautiful figure until I've been taking gabapentin and cymbals. Im still skinny but my stomach is huge. I don't have money for lipo and have called everyone trying to get help with this issue. What do I do?
28 Dec 2017
I'm sick of this drug... I too have gained weight and I get bigger as the day goes on. My breasts on the other hand have shrunk... I'm not happy... I have tried to come off them slowly but all my symptoms return very fast and I cannot live with them... it's an awful situation.
9 Feb 2018
Hi all I've been scouring the internet after taking Gabapentin for around 6 weeks due to nerve pain, and for the last month I've had such a bloated tummy and bad constipation that I've been worrying that its something more sinister. I have not put on weight, but my lower tummy and around my 'knicker' area is always puffy (look about 5 months pg) and feels like jelly to wobble. Its always there when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed too.
However I've looked at the side effects and bloating doesnt seem to be listed (hence the worry)! I took myself (gradually) off the Gabapentin around 10 days ago, didnt seem to be doing anything for the pain but the side effects seem to be crazy! I've also got no appetite, and wondering if this was because of the the drug too! Does this sound similar to the feelings you are all having? (Still experiencing all the symptoms above too even though I've stopped the drug - and was only taking 3 per day). Thanks Emma
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