About ten years ago I started taking Neurontin for severe shoulder pain (after two surgeries) and had no benefit from the drug. I heard something about some people having severe depression and some had suicidal tendencies! Is this true and how many people (percentage) actually have desireable results from Neurontin versus negative side effects?
So what exactly ARE the adverse side-effects of Neurontin?
- 20 Oct 2010 by gtoy69er
- 5 Sep 2011
- neurontin, depression, bipolar disorder, peripheral neuropathy, anxiety, benign essential tremor, insomnia, pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, persisting pain, shingles, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, postherpetic neuralgia
Most common side effects of Neurontin included:
Dizziness -- in up to 28%; Drowsiness -- up to 21.4%; Coordination problems -- up to 12.5%, Infections -- up to 10.9%; Fever -- up to 10.1%; Nausea or vomiting -- up to 8.4%; Swelling or fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms, or hands -- up to 8.3%; Unusual eye movements -- up to 8.3%.
Other common side effects, occurring in 1 to 7% of people, included:
Shakiness (tremor); Double vision or blurred vision; Weakness or fatigue; Diarrhea or constipation; Dry mouth; Increased appetite or weight gain; Bronchitis; Accidental injury; Sore throat; Hyperactivity (in children); Changes in thinking (such as difficulty concentrating); Nervousness; Speech problems; Memory loss (amnesia); Indigestion or heartburn; Gas; Back pain; Problems walking; Twitching; High blood sugar (hyperglycemia); Conjunctivitis ("pink eye"); Ear infection; Flushing or hot flashes.
Serious Side Effects
Some Neurontin side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to the doc. These include, but are not limited to:
Depression; Hostility; Severe dizziness, confusion, or coordination problems that do not improve with time; Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
o Unexplained rash; o Hives; o Itching; o Unexplained swelling
Suicidal thinking or behavior.
Rare side effects of Neurontin occurred in less than 1%t of people taking the drug. Because these side effects are so uncommon, it can be difficult to tell whether they are actually caused by Neurontin or by factors unrelated to the medication.
Some of these less common side effects include, but are not limited to:
Weight loss; "Hangover" effect; Migraines; High cholesterol; Hemorrhoids; Ulcers; Hiatal hernia; Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); Thyroid problems (including hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism); Arthritis; Sexual problems; Snoring; Sensitivity to the sun; Psoriasis; Kidney stones.
You may experience some or none of the side effects listed, unfortunately, there is no way for the doc/pharmacisy to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let the doc/pharmacist know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug. Also, let the doc/pharmacist know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Neurontin, the doc/oharmacist will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
Hope the info was of help? Take care
I've been on Neurontin for about 5 years for nerve problems. I had a pronounced head tremor and this seems to be about the only thing I can find that helps me. But, I think one of the side effects for me is an increased dependence on them. When I run out, which is not that often, I experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, Almost like narcotic withdrawel. And of course my head starts shaking again. So as long as I don't run out I consider it a fair trade. I wonder how many other people are noticing this?
Neurontin is great for me and it works great. Neurontin works by slowing down neural synapsis that transmits pain. That why they say to slowly build up the dosage or slowly reduce, as it can cause seizures. When you reduce neurontin, the synapsis can speed up. That's what they told me at that time. I have RSD-and I've used neurontin-gapapentin several times to kill pain, and then reduced it to nothing after a month or so. My RSD became under control with stellate ganglion shots at a pain clinic. Several years later I spent most of a day swimming-then drove over 300 miles home. The vibration of the steering wheel set it off and it got worse. My PCP immediately got me into a pain clinic. They gave me Neurontin as a stop gap until they could give me the stellate gangion therapy. I didn't need the SG therapy, and later I decided to reduce to nothing my neurontin.
A few years later, at a gyn exam, they did a brutal exam of my breast-a nerve was severed during a biopsy that started RSD. They made fun of me because I was crying from pain. I went on Neurontin again.
Part of my pain management is to avoid gyn clinics-they caused the RSD to begin with.
- Neurontin Information for Consumers
- Neurontin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Neurontin (detailed)
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