Taking for neuropathic pain control.
I have been taking Gabapentin for back pain for about 6 months or so. I have had a spinal fusion and sciatica as well. Just in case you are thinking about taking this drug or already have started this drug, FYI... I am going to ask my doctor to discontinue my taking this drug as I cannot seem to get used to it. It makes me sleep all day and I have better things to do than that. After 6 months, you'd think I'd be used to it by now. She just keeps saying to keep taking it, that I'll get used to it in time. I'm done with it. Just FYI...
I receive gabapentin/neurontin for chronic pain which began approximately twenty five years ago. My left leg/left hand was crushed in a motorcycle accident in 1981. I have had no side effects and will not say it is a wonder drug but it does help immensely. Let me know if it helps you.
Originally this drug Neurontin(gabapentin) was made for seizures. It has been found very useful to most (but not all) people for pain control, and neuropathy. For some it works wonders, & for some it does not help or they cannot stand the side effects. They usually start you on a small dose & continue to add to that dose over time. My husband take 1200 mg a day, but was started at 300mg. It takes a while before you know if it will help or not. I tried it & couldn't handle the side effects, but my husband doesn't have side effects. Each person is different, & will react differently to each & every drug. Another seizure drug that helps this type of pain is Lyrica. Again starts slowly & builds up in dosage. Don't be to quick to give up on the gabapentin.
It takes each individual different amounts of time to get used to each dose increase, and the intitial dose probably won't make a great big difference in your neuropathy pain. Give it some time would be my advice. Of course your doctor is the one best to discuss this wilth. Hope this was of some help to you & good luck .
I was given this med for my fibromyalgia. When I first started taking it, I was working and it made me very sleepy. My pharmacist told me it was a very good drug and to try taking it at night. I did as she said and i'm glad I did. I am now up to taking 2 300mg 4 times a day.and it helps my fibromyalgia and back pain a lot. I did try Lyrica but one capsule put me to sleep all day, so needless to say that did no work for me. Everyone reacts to medication differently.
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