How long does it take to start working? I stopped taking these as i felt they were no good, but i was ill for a day felt terrible. I cant understand if they didnt work for me then why did i feel so bad when i stopped them? Not sure what to try next as Morphine dosnt work at all for me neither?
I was prescribed Gabapentin 2 weeks ago, I take 600mg x3 a day and had no relief what so ever!?
Added 23 Feb 2012:
Ive got a hernia causing a large swelling on the left hand side of my back, suddenly the pain got to 10 and i was in hosp for 8 days then the swelling vanished and i now have very bad pain in the top of my left leg and am in bed alot. I left hosp no better and with no answers as to whats going on! My Dr has me on Tramidol,Gabapentin,paracetamol,Naproxen and Oramorph through the night yet the pain is the same??
Were you given the Neurontin alone? You might have to try a few different medications before you find what works for you. There are a LOT of medications between morphine and Neurontin, which is specifically for neurological pain and usually given with a narcotic, I take Opana ER 40mg, for long lasting pain, oxycodone 15mg for breakthrough pain, Soma which is a muscle relaxer, and Neurontin for neurological pain, I think that formula is typical. If I take all of my pain meds I will still hurt without my Neurontin, because it is the only drug that directly targets the neurological pain. But if I took only Neurontin I would be in a world of pain!
I hope you never have to take as many meds as I do. I think a couple of things could be going on 1) Neurontin alone won't do the trick, are you taking it with the morphine? 2) Dosage Maybe the morphine isn't working due to it being too low of a dose to control your pain. 3) What works for one person may not work for another, everyone's body breaks down & processess medications differently, resulting in some breaking the medication down too quickly and not being as effective or a slow metabolism might make it work better 4) Neurontin is supposed to be increased slowly to the right dosage, and when you stop it, you should wean yourself off because it IS addictive, although in no way like a narcotic pain medication. It can also cause seizures if it is stopped abrubtly (and is a seizure medication originally as well) 5) Just because it isn't working doesn't mean your body isn't becoming dependent on it, and at 600 mg 3x a day for 2 weeks is enough to make your body dependent on it 6) Sometimes doctors prescribe things like Neurontin when they don't want to presribe a narcotic, not saying this is the case with you. Doctors consider all kinds of things to be "red flags" and if you get red flagged too much no doctor will touch you! Depending on where you live. If your medication isn't working so you take too much, red flag (even if you alert them of the problem) If you are young (early 20's) expect to be discriminated against! If you complain nothing is working (after trying many meds) red flag, get medication from more than one doctor (doctor shopping) including the ER,etc. Doctors spend more time trying to find people doing something wrong that they don't really pay attention to the patient alot of times!
I hope something I said helped you in some way, I don't know what is wrong with you or if you are taking the morphine with the gabapantin (Neurontin) or seperately, but it seems your doctor needs to put you on some kind of program with a long acting medication with something for "breakthrough pain" I think the term is a joke, pain is pain! Are you seeing a pain management specialist or a GP? peace&love J
At one time in my Bipolar history I was taking Gabapentin but only 1 600mg pill per day. When I started seeing a new psych he took me off of Gabapentin with no effect to me. Perhaps the dosage level didn't agree with you. The definition out of the dictionary is: gabapentin - an anticonvulsant (trade name Neurontin) used to control some types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy; also used to manage neuralgia caused by shingles
anticonvulsant, anticonvulsant drug, antiepileptic, antiepileptic drug - a drug used to treat or prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy). If you are looking for relief from pain you need something other than Morphine. Hope this helped.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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