At a doctor visit as I asked about help for joint pain... knees, hips and lower back, the doctor prescribed Gabapentin, 300 mg--- one at bedtime. I am wondering if this is really going to help Thanks
Might Gabapentin relieve joint pain due to osteoarthritis?
Question posted by homeboy24 on 14 Dec 2012
Last updated on 2 January 2018
Hi homeboy24, I take Gabapentin, which is often prescribed for Fibromyalgia.
It is (as was mentioned) used for nerve pain, diabetic or non-diabetic, I do not have diabetes, so it is not always prescribed for diabetics.
This med helps with pain and is used, "off label" as a sleep medication, so your doctor may have prescribed it for your pain and so you can be comfortable while sleeping. Your doctor may have prescribed it for your lower back pain, as well. You may notice that you are sleeping better and perhaps a little longer.
You are on a very small dose, too.
Your doctor may up the dose slowly, to avoid side effects.
Best wishes, homeboy, hope you feel better while taking gabapentin.
Unfortunately probably not. Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin), is commonly prescribed for neuropathy. Neuropathy is pain felt along the nerve endings. Many diabetics suffer from neuropathy. Gabapentin is also an anti seizure med. 300 mg at bedtime is a small dosage but sleepiness is a common side effect of the medicine so at the very least it may help promote sleep.
- Gabapentin uses and safety info
- Gabapentin information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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