In the reviews I've read on gabapentin most have dizziness in the beginning. I am starting gabapentin for extreme anxiety in a few days and am wondering if I will need to stay home because of dizziness or be able to function out side of my home? Working, shopping etc.? Also how long does this feeling last?
Starting on gabapentin - side effects?
Question posted by Anxiety23 on 18 Nov 2021
Last updated on 12 March 2022 by cebtoo
Gabapentin affects each individual in different ways and to greater or lesser degree. Your doctor probably should have titrated you up as my doctor did with me. I take 300mg every 8 hours, and have been doing so for over a month now with no pronounced side effects... in particular no dizziness. I was titrated up from 100 mg three times a day for allodynia in my toes, part of erythromelalgia. I sometimes think I may have a little "brain fog" from the gabapentin, but I am 78 years old and a little brain fog now and again might be considered "normal" at my age. If you notice anything new going on, look at the possible side effects on Drugs.com and call your doctor and report it. Most side effects go away after a week or so.
Everyone responds differently to this type of medication. You may not have any side effects at all or you may be one of the 17% of users who reported dizziness. If you do, as Happy said, side effects are usually mild and generally subside within days to a week or so.
Try not to let your anxiety over dizziness get the better of you! Just remember it's your anxiety talking and you should try to take this medication with an open mind.
BTW, if you don't mind my asking out of curiosity... have you taken other anxiety medications before now?
Best regards and I hope you're feeling much better quickly.
I take gabapentin 300mg 3 times a day.It does cause dizziness for a week or so at first.I also take paxil with it.Still have anxiety but not as bad.Go to Dr in a week he may increase dose.How much are you taking?
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