... nightmares... do these decrease in time? I realize it is one of the side effects but really disturbing. Did not get a good sleep.Thanks
I have tried many drugs to prevent migraines, and recently was also prescribed Gabapentin to stop facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia). Three medications have given me bad dreams: Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, and Gabapentin.
Amitriptyline was the WORST. I had horrible realistic night terrors, and wasn't willing to wait it out. If you have horrendous nightmares, I would either try a different medication or use cannabis (medical marijuana) before bed. Cannabis suppresses dreams altogether. What I did is switch to Nortriptyline and use cannabis before bed for about a month until my body got used to the medication. I also started taking the medication at 7 PM instead of right before bed. Now, I can tolderate Nortriptyline well and don't have bad dreams very often. If I do, they are very mild (i.e. Had a dream that I was at a dance competition and forgot the choreography...
For Gabapentin I'm going to try the same method. My Gabapentin bad dreams only seem to happen if I take the medication too late into the evening.
I hope these suggestions help!
I myself.have been using gabapentin 600mg every morning. I started having nightmares within two weeks. I contacted my primary care physician and told her about the nightmares. She stated gabapentin will not give you nightmares. I stopped taking gabapentin on my own, nightmares went away. Should my physician be better informed about side affects of this drug?
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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