Neurontin - how long does it take for the meds to work and make to pain go away?
Question posted by cheryl lowe on 26 June 2012
Last updated on 20 November 2019 by MCCalcutt
How long does it take Neurontin to get into your system and relieve the burning and tingling pain?
I am so sad reading the many sufferers of this and that. Mine of over 22 years is cervical dystonia. It instantly started allowing my muscle contracting to stop and therefore the pain. Even then, they knew (thank God for Dr George Paulson and his associates at Ohio State) narcotic level pain level medication wasn't acceptable. The cause needs fixed, rather than symptom only appeasement . I am fortunate something finally worked, and better than botox injections for me.
For other problems, pain... I KNOW from bad experiences, not all generics work for me. And I can take only capsule form. Only brand name dor Neurontin was available years back. Try it first. I paid a small mint on it before generics. I have been taking Cipla brand. And recommend it.
Hope all find what helps them. Please don't give up.
My husband has shingles of the eye. He just started taking neurontin (generative).
He started one pill on day one 2 pills day 2 and 3 a day it’s been now 6 days. He’s on 400 mg x 3 a day When will it taken full effect. He gets this pain through the eye to his ear to back of his heads
Hi, I'm 38 years old and have peripheral neuropathy. I've had this particular pain in my feet for about 3 years. Been diabetic (at least diagnosed with diabetes) for 5. My doctor originally diagnosed me with restless leg syndrome and put me on requip. It didn't help, but was told to keep taking that for a bit just to see, since I was having no side effects of the meds. During this time, I had stupidly slipped and fallen in the shower (about 3 years ago) and ended up with sciatica. Did the physical therapy bit but dang, that nerve pain is for real. Doc ended up putting me on norco and neurontin for awhile and I stopped taking requip at this time too. After a couple months, I started lowering the dose of norco slowly and was able to just completely switch to Tylenol ES for the general pain of it. (Physical therapy: read as yoga and sciatica stretching, helped immensely).
And During this time that i was lowering my opioid use for pain, I noticed the pain in my feet were gone. So I asked my doc to keep me on the neurontin as the pain in my feet were gone, and low and behold, neuropathy diagnosis. 600 mg 3 times a day works wonders for me and let's me sleep really decent.
I JUST started Neurontin literally 3 hours ago. Before I took one pill, 300mg, I could not walk without yelling in pain. I couldn't even just sit without very SHARP pains wrapping around me from my lower back to my abdomen.
I should probably let you know I have had 3 cervical fusions and 2 laminectomies in my lumbar, so I am VERY aware of spinal pain. This pain was different. It was off the charts. Tramadol, Flexerill and Hydrocodone didn't touch it.
My Neurosurgeon of 17 years, told me to get to the ER. At the ER, I had a Cat Scan. The resident doctor said everything look OK from what he could see. He said the pain is more than likely from muscle spasms in my lumbar.
I had an old prescription of Gabopentin on file with my pharmacy from a back surgery in May 2016. So, I ordered it and took one pill 3 hours ago. I am currently PAIN FREE. I don't know if this is common,but I am not going to question it. I'm just going to enjoy the absence of pain.
Good luck to everyone suffering from these horrific chronic illnesses. I pray you all find your relief soon.
I noticed immediately that it helped my pain! Chronic back pain and fibromyalgia here. I love it. But seems to wear off fast. Is that normal?
I have been taking neuron tin for 2 weeks now 1200mg for pain and imsomnia . My pain has completely gone it took about a week for this to happen I feel great but for imsomnia I cannot sleep for more than 1 hour and I n have started wetting the bed which I found out it is a side effect. As for the nerve pain it worked great for me I just don't know if I can handle the side effects or put up withe pain. How much dosage are you taking and how long have you been on it my dosage is split up 300mg 2xdaily and 600mg at bedtime.hag in there and I wish you the best. Loretta
I am a 38 year old woman that just found out that she is diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis also a bulging disc also I have poly neuropathy all over my body and I've got a deteriorating disc disease along with osteoporosis I've got one hip that's higher than the other and I also have scoliosis and I just got this medicine gabapentin 300 milligrams once a day at bedtime but the problem is with that is that I've got to take it sooner then bedtime because of my flare ups that I have so much and then on top of that it has been a blessing I mean a a blessing gabapentin has changed my life and I want to thank the big man upstairs for what he has done to give these doctors the knowledge to figure out ways to help someone right now because right now I have been dealing with this pain for 15 years did not have any insurance whatsoever so when I finally got insurance then I went and found out what everything was wrong ...
with me and it was too late so if I fall break it or anything its my l5 s1 it's the lumbar spondylosis is where is not fused and it's like a tail and it dangles so it rubs against the butt bone of course so that severe pain also but if I do fall and it cracks or anything I'm going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life because they said it will paralyze me so I am taking it day by day and all I did was want to tell the doctors out there thank you so much because it has helped me tremendously I love it thank you that is my story
It takes about a week for gabapentin to start reducing nerve pain, and two weeks for it to take full effect.
Source: Gabapentin for the Symptomatic Treatment of Painful Neuropathy in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus A Randomized Controlled Trial, Backonja et al. (1998).
I just started taking Neurontin a week ago, I worry about the weight gain because I gained 30 lbs with the Lyrica. I'm hoping with the Neurontin doesn't have that affect. I'm desparate in losing weight, not to mention to control this pain of fibromyalgia... it is very painful.
I hope Neurontin helps with the pain.
Hopefully for you, by now the neurontin is working. That being said, it doesn't work for everybody. some people love it, and some people hate it. The side effects can be debilitating, so if the medication is not working for you, I suggest that you contact your doctor, and let them know. I happen to have loved neurontin, EXCEPT that I gained 80 lbs of fluid without realizing that I wasn't over eating as my doctors kept telling me!! I wish that I could continue taking the med at the dose that I was taking it, but I can only take 300mg once a day now at night to help me get out of bed in the AM.
There are plenty of other pain meds in the same category as neurontin, and you do have other options. So DON'T keep taking a med that is not working. Contact your doctor, and try another.
Best of luck to you, and I hope that you find your answers!!
Neurontin can make pain go away. I have RSD- I had nerve blocks-stellate ganglion- Several of the fingers on my right hand were black and flopped around. I was ready to commit suicide when my doctors sent me to a good pain clinic. I couldn't sleep for more than a few hours, etc. I'm saying this to show that I had visible physical results from the RSD. Pure Codiene, etc didn't give any relief. My body was able to regenerate after the nerve blocks. I had an accident, and the RSD flared up with pain and loss of fine motor control. I was immediately sent to the VA pain clinic, where they put me on Neutrontin to reduce pain until they had an opening for a nerve block. The pain was reduced by 2 weeks-the pain was gone in about 4-after I saw the pain doctors-we reduced the dosage, and I stopped taking it. A few years later, i had another accident.
Same thing-only I wasn't scheduled for a nerve block-the VA had me use the neurontin - after several pain free weeks- I slowly reduced the neurontin until I was off of it. About a 4 month process each time. There was another incident and the primary care doctor took care of it herself. Yes, it's for nerve damage-many types of nerve damage-but it can make pain go away- It's been over 10 years since I needed to take any Neurontin. Whenever I get a new doctor-that is the first thing I talk about. For me, I know that I've reached the right amount when the tips of my fingers and toes start feeling numb-I stay that way for about a week-then start reducing the dosage. Good luck- but when the pain goes away-and you stop taking the medication and the pain stays gone-it makes the pain go away. Like one of the accidents, A young man came running around a building and slammed into my chest, and knocked me down. That night I was in agony.
I have been on this med for 10 years it takes about 5-7 days for the med to get into your system to help you. It will only help your nerve pain that is all it will do it will not work on any other pain.
This drug was not intentened for this use it came out as a drug for spastic reaction but it did not work for it's intended use it turned out to be a excellent pain reliver for nerve damage.
This is a med when used for pain is often used for nerve pain and may take a few days to kick in. That said. pain meds are not designed nor intended to make pain "go away rather to "help" us deal with (or manage) it better. Hope this helps.
- Neurontin uses and safety info
- Neurontin information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Neurontin (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.