I'm afraid it did for me. I get them all confused... gabapentin, Lyrica, neurontin, the other name... I took both of them for several years for spine issues and sciatica, and put on about 80 pounds. I lost 68 when I stopped taking them.
I was advised to put them down as an actual "allergy" wherever I go, and on my medic alert necklace, reason: massive weight gain.
So maybe I'm an anomaly... an anomaly who likes candy too much, and doesn't care about portion sizes. /shrug
I most certainly gained weight when I went on Neurontin (Gabapentin). I had not seen my neurologist since I had been put on the Neurontin and he was shocked at how much weight I had gained and at how much he felt was due to swollen tissue. He told my sister and I that he believed my very cells were swollen. I titrated off the Neurontin and have finally lost 18 of the 68 lbs I gained but the trade-off is I don't have the same pain management. Given I had a knee replacement and now had to have a rod the length of my femur inserted in the same leg due to a hip fracture that will not heal, it is very important that I keep my weight down.
It has for me. I currently take 1800 mg a day. I take it for panic disorder... my doctor says it helps calms my mind. I think it has helped me somewhat but as for weight gain, yes. I have gained about thirty pounds. I just get hungry and want to eat. But I am on five medications. So... it's possible one of my other meds causes weight gain or contributes. Hope I helped.
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