I am taking 600 mg 3 times daily for shingles related neuro pain and I am experiencing dry eyes and seeing floaters (spots). I was wondering if anyone else has eye problems after taking gabapentin.
Yes, one of the side effects of Gabapentin is impaired vision and the fact that you are on a fairly high dose does make it most likely that you are experiencing the eye problems from the drug. Do not, however, quit taking it w/out the Dr.'s knowledge and help in weaning you off of it, as it can cause serious reactions if you stop suddenly, you must be weaned off and hopefully can do so when your shingle pain improves. I know that can be very painful, i had a friend who suffered with it for awhile and so i wish you the speediest of recoveries from that misery. Also, you might ask your Dr. to prescribe some good eyedrops that will help with the dryness and do be careful driving, etc. if you are seeing spots. BTW don't take the Gabapentin
within a couple hours of taking any antacids, as it causes it not to work
properly, just in case no one told you that. Take care Annette. (My mother
was going to name me that, now i wish she had)
Yes I have. It ruined my eyes. They look glassy and are red, age me. I used to have lovely eyes, now they water all the time. I took 2 doses of 600 mg Gabapentin and the veins in my eyes all dilated making them look red and sore. When I reported this to the Doctor, he dropped me as a patient. I would like to report him and his nurse, who told me they would not let me make another appt until I tried the medicine. I noticed the side effect of red eye, and assume they used that to name the side effect since conjunctivitis, normally referred to as red eye, stems from an infection, not dilated veins. Very clever. Of course the Doctors say it would not have happened in 2 doses, but yes, it did.
Be glad you have both eyes - I am on my second corneal
transplant because the first one (three years ago) did
not work. This one appears to be doing better than the
first one, though - I had it done june 10, 2016. Do use your drops for dry eye as often as you need them. The drug store sells lid cleaners, which help a lot. I
suggest you get some. It won't hurt you. I had shingles
in half of my face and head. It settled in the right eye. I was in agony and sent to hospital it was so bad. God bless you, annette. I also have arthritis - autoimmune
disease called prurigo nodularis - sore all over my body and a maddening itching. I was recently diagnosed with
diabetes - I have diabetic feet - that's where the feet swell and nerves are turned on - it's awful. Diabetes is
making my teeth brittle and I have had to have several of
them fixed when they broke in half, etc. I am 75 years young and put up with all of these things, plus spondylolithesis, which I have learned to live with. I hope that your reading about me will give you peace and strength. Some days are better than others and I give
thanks to them. Your shingles should be getting better
by now. May I suggest you go to another doctor - perhaps a dermatologist or an eye doctor, too. Hope my little note here helps you, at least I hope it gives
you some peace. Try taking cool showers for the shingles. And use a non-fragrant moisturising cream. My very best to you,
trish schiesser, author and literary consultant born in
new york, but living in portsmouth, va.
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