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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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8.8
   
87 reviews 19 medications
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8.6
   
5 reviews 0 medications
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8.5
   
1 review 2 medications
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8.4
   
3 reviews 295 medications
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8.4
   
24 reviews 9 medications
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8.3
   
98 reviews 30 medications
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8.0
   
310 reviews 56 medications
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4 reviews 789 medications
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8.0
   
86 reviews 81 medications
Insomnia
7.6
   
75 reviews 108 medications
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7.6
   
79 reviews 14 medications
Postherpetic Neuralgia
7.6
   
44 reviews 41 medications
Benign Essential Tremor
7.0
   
10 reviews 3 medications
Fibromyalgia
6.8
   
153 reviews 20 medications
Peripheral Neuropathy
6.8
   
133 reviews 6 medications
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
6.6
   
39 reviews 41 medications
Vulvodynia
6.6
   
7 reviews 9 medications
Neuropathic Pain
6.5
   
100 reviews 4 medications
Pain
6.5
   
275 reviews 1108 medications
Epilepsy
6.1
   
11 reviews 42 medications
Hiccups
6.0
   
2 reviews 4 medications
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
6.0
   
18 reviews 2 medications
Syringomyelia
6.0
   
1 review 0 medications
Spondylolisthesis
5.9
   
9 reviews 50 medications
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
5.8
   
4 reviews 11 medications
Burning Mouth Syndrome
5.0
   
2 reviews 11 medications
Erythromelalgia
4.5
   
1 review 0 medications
Pudendal Neuralgia
4.0
   
1 review 0 medications
Small Fiber Neuropathy
2.0
   
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Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced
1.0
   
1 review 54 medications
Summary of Gabapentin reviews 7.3 1,620 reviews

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "Tried it for a year with no relief. Now testing some "natural" caplets which seem to be working."

   
1.0

pmr (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 9, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have been giving this medication to my daughter for 3 years, she was prescribed because she was diagnosed with Neuralgia from one of the chemotherapies she received caused this and before knowing what she had - she had cramps and numbness in her arms, hands and legs , pain in the body, tiredness. We could not cuddle, or touch her, much less embrace her because she said that she felt we would break her bones. Now since taking this medicine the pain has gone away, she has the courage to play and I see her more active."

   
10

Dayanna (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 8, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I absolutely love gabapentin. I was originally prescribed this for generalized anxiety disorder, but actually, it hits a few things on me at once. It calms my anxiety, helps my essential tremor, and soothes my restless legs syndrome. It's an essential and beneficial CNS med that I will happily take forever if need be. I do not experience any side effects whatsoever, although there was some dizziness when I first started taking it. I take 1800 mg per day."

   
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OldHippieInOhio (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 2, 2018

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For Pain: "I have a broken tailbone and have been taking narcotic pain pills for years as needed. I have a medical marijuana license and used that for the minor pain. Due to new laws here, anyone smoking marijuana cannot be prescribed narcotic pain meds. Period. My personal & professional life had taken major downturns, causing extreme anxiety and depression. My shrink gave me Gabapentin 4 days ago and so far I’m pretty impressed. I also take Venlafaxine and have noticed no side effects. My anxiety and depression have dropped noticeably, and the minor pain has been reduced as well. I’m waiting to see how effective it is dealing with major pain. I’m 62, 5’1”, 189 lbs and taking 600mg twice a day."

   
10

Khamelot (taken for less than 1 month) June 30, 2018

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I am having to get off of this gabapentin. I'm having headaches ,dropping things. I guess it is back to not sleeping."

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 29, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I've had terrible depression and anxiety for over 20 years. I was prescribed Paxil in 1995 and it worked great until last year. It just stopped working and I had horrible rebound depression, anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. I felt really bad.. My CNP prescribed Gabapentin and I felt better after the first dose. I take 300mg three times a day and feel wonderful. No more anxiety, depression, constant worrying and it works great for insomnia. The first night I took it, I slept 8 hours straight. I haven't slept that well in over 30 years. I had a few side effects such as slight dizziness and brain fog , but it passed in a few days. What's so great about it is it doesn't make me feel drugged. I just feel calm, clear-headed and relaxed. I can focus on the important things in my life and stop needlessly worrying about things such as "what if I can't sleep tonight?" "What if I go into Walmart and have a panic attack?". What if, what if.. This drug is truly a life saver for me."

   
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CinnaGoo June 27, 2018

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For Pain: "I was prescribed 300mgs gabapentin and 50mgs of Tramadol three times a day for severe nerve pain from spinal stenosis, herniated disk and osteoarthritis after being hit by a car. It is doing absolutely nothing for my excruciating pain that has ruined my once happy life. Gabapentin (also Tramadol) is more than useless. I want to ask my doctor for something stronger but I am hesitant because of the stupid crap caused by a false narrative pushed by the media hysteria the DEA means not much else is available to us. I guess I will just have to continue to suffer for the rest of my life. I'll muster up the courage to discuss it with my doctor at my next visit."

   
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Kimmie (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 26, 2018

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For Pain: "I was given this for pain during a bout of acute pancreatitis in hospital. I also suffer from anxiety/depression and chronic pain. Within 4 hours I felt no change in pain level and my anxiety had kicked in really hard. After the second dose (within 8 hours of the initial starting dose) I was severe psychological effects. It gave me NO pain assistance. Within 16 hours I felt I was losing my mind between the anxiety, depression and pain levels still running at 8 (for 3 days). It caused some somnolence but not enough to get over the pain level. They also had me on naloxone/oxycodone which was not strong enough as it cancels itself out in larger doses. They seemed confused about the effective treatment difference between chronic and acute pain. I was in there for 5 days, four of them with pain levels above a 5. I was stopped on this drug within 48 hours due to obvious serious psychological side effects. I could not possibly recommend this drug."

   
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Hazza June 25, 2018

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For Insomnia: "I love this drug!! I take Effexor for anxiety and had such a hard time sleeping and would wake up several times during the night. Now I take 150mg at night and sleep like a baby. Wake up refreshed with no grogginess. Highly recommend it."

   
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JF1231 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 23, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain: "Developed severe pain in both feet. I walk every day 3-5 miles. Almost had to give it up, my feet hurt so bad. This drug took a couple of weeks to start working, but it slowly moved from heels to arch to ball of feet. It’s been about 3 weeks now and it has removed well over half the pain! Still some when I walk, but it stops soon after. I do have a super dry mouth though!! Horrible dry mouth! Got some Biotene that sprays in mouth, it helps a bit."

   
8.0

Snerd (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 23, 2018

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I began experiencing severe leg cramps at night about 2 hours after I was asleep, and then they'd come back every hour or so until daybreak. It was horrible pain but more so the lack of quality sleep to go to work the next day was the worst. Was on Requip, which stopped the cramps, but did nothing for waking up in the night 2-3 times. Was prescribed gabapentin and WOW, what it is amazing! Finally after a long time of sleep with interruptions with leg cramps, Now gabapentin allowed me to get a good night's rest to wake up the next morning feeling like a human being and not a zombie"

Kay (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 22, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain: "My doctor has prescribed gabapentin to me for my back pain and it works very well. I also have RA in my hands and feet that is almost debilitating. I have found if I double the dosage from 400mg to 800mg 3 times a day it greatly reduces my pain from my RA. I have asked my doctor if he would up my prescribed amount to 800mg 3 times a day and he says I am taking my maximum dosage now. I'm interested in seeing if anyone else is taking gabapentin for athritis pain."

   
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Voeter (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2018

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For Pain: "I had knee replacement surgery 5 years ago...pain ever since, along with nerve pain down to the toes. 5 years of T3's and now a new smart doctor thought Gabapentin might work in the right dose. Gradually went from 100mg 3x a day, then 200 mg 3x day, then 300mg etc. Found I was getting a bit sleepy, but still no effect on the pain. That is, until I started taking 400 mgs 3x daily. Doziness went, and pain went. Things aren't perfect there's been 5 years of limping, back and hip pain (from limping) but the back and hip now are without pain, because I can now walk without the pain and limping. I've got to build strength back in leg, but, yippee ! I can do that. Maybe it's just a matter of getting to the right dose and I guess each person may need different doses. But the 1,200 mgs per day work for me.....and I had thought nothing would."

   
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Woody (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 19, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I suffer from anxiety and severe PTSD. I was on Benzos for a long time but like so many was taken off due to long term risks. Gabapentin has taken care of my anxiety and traumatic flashbacks. A lot of my trauma was physical so I'll go through days where my entire body is in pain just out of cell memory. Gabapentin relieves the pain for me and helps me to stay in the present. The only side effect for me is extreme paranoia if I take more than 100mgs a day. I'm tiny and very sensitive to medication so low doses are more effective. I also take Lamictal daily which helps to counter any paranoia. This is just me though but I wanted to share my own experience. I was really apprehensive on trying Gabapentin because of all the scary reviews I read but I'm so happy I went on it. Everyone's brain chemistry is different. It's all about finding the right one for you."

   
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Ray (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 14, 2018

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For Insomnia: "First week= awful. Stopped med after 10 days. 1 week later started again only at bedtime 200 mg, then 300mg. What a difference, sleep better, mood better, even pain is better."

   
9.0

Mike (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 14, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "After having an operation to remove my appendix I started getting pain in my legs burning sensation in my arms and back I saw the muscular bone consultant here in the UK who put me through test after test. A month later I had my first full blown fibro flare up to the point I was hospitalised. The same doctor quickly diagnosed me with severe fibromyalgia I have been on gabapentin 400mg 3 times daily with room to adjust dosage in case of flare-ups. If I miss a couple of dosage I'm in trouble. Gabapentin is a wonder drug but guys and girls this drug should be a CD class drug as it can easily be used for recreational use. It is wrong for people to abuse it as it can have severe effects on your liver and kidneys which could lead to them failing - then you are in trouble."

   
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Fibroman85 (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 12, 2018

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For Insomnia: "I began taking 300mg gabapentin a few weeks ago for severe insomnia, and anxiety disorder. This was prescribed to me as an attempt to wean me off of Xanax, which I had built up a high tolerance to. My doctor suggested to me, that I start taking 300mg at first at night, and begin taking it during the day as a way to aid my anxiety. I haven't​ taken it during the day because of the side affects I am experiencing at night (dizziness and anxiety). Instead of relaxing me it makes me somewhat anxious and also foggy. I continued taking it only at night but even hours after taking the drug I still wouldn't become relaxed enough to fall asleep and my ruminating thoughts had amplified. My doctor suggested upping my dose to 600mg before bed but I am weary of doing this since I had a couple nights of sleep out of weeks of being on this med and even on those nights it took hours until I fell asleep. It leaves me feeling numb the next day, and I have a very hard time concentrating at work."

   
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SadClown (taken for less than 1 month) June 11, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I was taking neurontin for other illnesses. I was trying to cuts down or eliminate some meds. So I stopped neurontin for a month. Among other things I was feeling kinda blue. A friend told me she was put on neurontin for as a mood stabilizer. Then it occurred to me the connection between my mood ,anxiety and the use of neurontin. IT CLICKED! Within a few days of restarting it my mood improved because I was feeling less anxiety or vice versa. I'm gonna leave my med regime up to my doctors now. "

   
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Kim (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 11, 2018

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For Insomnia: "I was taking 1400mg/day for insomnia. It literally did nothing. I was sad."

   
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Momma416 May 31, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I was initially diagnosed with simple but very serious depression. My psychiatrist tried numerous SSRI and SNRI with no impact on my depression and each of these types of drugs caused a severe anxiety disorder to manifest itself. I did extensive research on my own and found that for some people, gabapentin works for depression. I suggested this to my doctor and he was open to it. At first he started me on a very low dose of 300 mg daily. This had zero impact. We began titrating up until my current dose of 800 msg 3x daily. He was initially resistant to prescribe this dose of gabapentin but I really pushed to try this high dose. Lo and behold, gabapentin at this dose has made a MAJOR difference on my depression. The only warning I would give is that if I miss even 24 hours of my daily dose of gabapentin, my depression immediately begins to return and if I miss two days, I’m a total mess."

   
9.0

CBA (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 29, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I had great results with gabapentin. I am currently only on one drop a day. I am very sensitive to psychotropic drugs. So I asked for the liquid version. I am going to slowly increase my dose over time. It has lessened my anxiety and helped insomnia. Improved mood also. I’m afraid that some start on a big dose, have a reaction, then disregard the drug. It can be a reaction that your body is getting accustomed to the drug. Not that you cannot tolerate the drug. Obviously this wouldn’t apply to allergic, anaphylactic reactions. This wouldn’t apply for epilepsy bc you need a standard dose. My issue is anxiety. So I don’t absolutely have to have the drug. It helps for anxiety tho."

   
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Lou-Ann (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 28, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Gabapentin saved my life. I have suffered from bipolar disorder and PTSD for the past 7 years. The anxiety, severe depression and PTSD were ruling my life. I lost all my friends, couldn't hold a job or relationship, I lived alone moving from place to place searching for what I lost or didn't have as far as normality and balance in my body, mind and soul. The constant hurricane of thoughts in my head, good or bad, caused an inhibition of social ability so I could never be comfortable in any given social situation. After struggling for so long while taking just about every medication out there, I went med free for a while. The last episode I had made me lose just about everything I worked for to build myself back up. I became worried and desperate so I saw a doctor. After taking this, it all stopped. I can sleep, eat, I am stable and motivated. It has been so long since I have been happy. This medication is a miracle for me, I hope it is further prescribed to more suffering from mental illnesses."

   
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Super J May 25, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have rapid cycling bipolar disorder and I am telling you NOTHING else worked but gabapentin I take 300 MG once in the morning and once at night and it helps control my rage and levels me out. I had no weight gain with this and literally no other side effects. And if I accidentally skip a dose I don’t have major withdrawals. I can definitely tell if I skipped a dose but I don’t get sick. This has been my miracle medication and I finally have my life back after fighting what seemed like a hopeless battle for 6 years straight. I even went medication free for a few years because I thought nothing would ever work. I finally know what it feels like to have normal emotions again."

   
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Nothing else worked (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 23, 2018

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For Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Prescribed for nerve pain due to shingles attack. The C5 C6 nerve branch is what this first (and I pray last) attack of shingles is following. The pain is indescribable! I haven't slept much in the last two weeks. I was told this needs to build up in your system before full advantage is realized. I am still waiting!! I added extra strength Tylenol to mix but true relief hasn't come!! For nerve pain due to shingles, I must say---thumbs down!"

   
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pj (taken for less than 1 month) May 22, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain: "Hi! I took 100 mg gabapentin as prescribed by my doc exactly 5 hours ago for a horrible pelvic pain I been experiencing for over a year and I am feeling so much better, the pain is almost gone. I noticed I am more relaxed and calmer, no side effects so far. I am meant to take 100 mg every night for a month to give my nerves a break but so far feeling so great I wouldn’t mind taking it longer."

   
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gigi (taken for less than 1 month) May 20, 2018

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