I have tried Welbutirin, with horrendous anxiety and insomnia side effects. Had the same reaction to zoloft and paxil plus sexual side effects. Then tried remeron which was good for the first 6 or 8 weeks and I slept great but then the anxiety and libido took a crap.I have Neurontin prescribed for back and nerve pain that I sort of disregarded and only took for a short while. If Dr. okays how long have you all found that it takes for the gabapentin to start helping with depression /anxiety issues? Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to answer it's been a very tough road really hoping to get on the right rack.
I hate to tell you that I was prescribed gabapentin for my out of control anxiety and panic. I took it for eight weeks and started a very low dose but at the end of eight weeks felt that it was making me lazy and not really have a care in the world to fight my agoraphobia. So I would think for depression it might make you more down but I'm not sure. I hope someone can give you their input as far as depression goes. I'm now tapering off of it...
Gabapentin is not usually used to treat depression. It can even cause it (apparently). However, I have had fantastic personal success with this medication. I felt better within the first week, mainly because my depression stemmed from pain, anxiety and inability to sleep. Be careful, though, as it can cause balance issues, and taken long term it can cause serious discontinuation symptoms. Take it an hour or two before bed. If your Dr okays it I'd like to know how it works out for you.
Have you tried any natural formulas? St. John's wort takes 10 to 20 days to work. Passionflower and Elderflower with Ginger or peppermint taken as a tea gives quicker results. Vervain is useful for acute problems. Long term use of Fish Oil has been proven to prevent depression
I am currently trying to get off clonazepam and every time I've lowered it I have terrible anxiety, anger, and depression. My Dr gave me Gabapentin and I disregarded it after only taking 100mg for a few nights and feeling nothing but a bit off balance when walking. So on Friday I lowered my dosage of clonazepam from .75mg to .5mg and started feeling awful by Saturday afternoon. So I called my Dr and he said to up my Gabapentin to 300 mg. I did and it helped within hours. Still a bit lightheaded and blurry vision but I feel amazing. I slept 8 hours, which NEVER happens. When I woke up I went to the store and was actually joking with strangers! I literally avoid people and sit on my couch all week. I'm on my way out to take a walk and feel happy!!! I know this med isn't for everyone but it's working wonders for me right now.
I was using 300mg gabapentin for anxiety and they worked great for the first few week but after this my tolerance grew quite quickly forcing me to increase dosage. Eventually after a couple of month I could take 1200mg maximum dosage and feel no different.
In conclusion I would say there good, but a short term fix rather than a long term answer.
As far as depression I couldn’t comment on the effectiveness as I didn’t take them for that, but you feel it working instantly.
Our brains all react differently to drugs so trial and elimination is usually the method of choice for finding the right treatment for you.
For depression I recommend cognitive behavioural therapy as well as meds and try psychodynamic therapy too. In combination this is the most effective method as there isn’t really such thing as a happy pill unfortunately...
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