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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder 4 reviews 13 medications
   
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Summary of Gabapentin reviews 1060 reviews 7.1

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I started having RL at 15. Then I kept it to myself even when I would be up all night sometimes taking 5 hot baths bc I thought it was in my head. My Pdoc actually prescribed it because she had prescribed me adderall for ADD and it got SO bad. When mine hits it's literally like I want to claw/cut my legs off. kick them front to back, left to right, scratch them, hit them. Nothing helped. Gabapentin helped me immediately. To those of you who said it didn't help or it made you too sleepy... I was told to take mine at bedtime. Normally I take it 2-3 hours before. 900mgs. I gave it a 9 because I do have breakthrough spells, and bad clumsiness. Taking it 2-3 hours before makes me only be dizzy and clumsy before bed and not the next morning."

   
9.0

yourenotalone August 26, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "This medication did NOTHING for me. Did not help at all with my mood swings, did not control my mood, and did not at all help me with my anxiety, and I was taking 1800mg/day. Now taking Seroquel XR & Prozac and I have never felt more stable in my life."

   
1.0

Joeyyy924 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 25, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I've panic disorder. I've always been a "treat as necessary" type of patient and I do prefer to only take meds as needed. Benzo's have always served me best, but my present pdoc is all about steering patients away from them. So, we started this med 3 mo ago. The only other meds I take regularly are propranolol for high bp, and seroquel on most nights. 1st week: gabapentin made me feel pleasantly high like a cannaboid might. I was talkative, appetite for food and drink increased, had a notable sense of well being. Since then, the effects (positive and negative) have dropped drastically. I may as well be taking dollar store kava kava for all I can tell."

   
4.0

NATL2 August 23, 2016

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For Pain: "I typically have a severe flareup of sacroiliac joint pain with attending sciatica once a year or so. Mornings are truly the worst; gave birth med- free to three babies, with "back labor" each time. That pain is about 2/3 of what this sacroiliac/sciatic pain can be,particularly when standing, walking, and sitting in the morning.Debilitating, searing pain. I'm a nurse, and also avoid pharmaceuticals in general. MD suggested Gabapentin for sciatica, am also doing PT. So far, this has given me a good night's sleep with less rotisserie-like spinning. Felt groggy upon rising, kind of fuzzy. The morning dose was taken-- left me very uncoordinated, blurry, kind of "spinny". Won't continue med. I need a clear mind, also, no real pain relief."

   
2.0

yardrabbitt August 20, 2016

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For Neuropathic Pain: "Dry mouth, sore throat continually and no benefit on lower dose hence continuously low immunity."

   
4.0

JimbobP11 August 19, 2016

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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I came down with "Shingles" a little over 2 weeks ago, was put on anti viral drugs, this helped in fading the rash, still there but has faded, problem now is the pain, its in the rash area,its pain full, 24/7, was first given Tramadol,to many side effects, then Hydrocodon acetaminophen, this helped a little, but not much, then regular asprin, helped some, but pain is at the point can't sleep more then 2 hrs, called back to my Dr, now its Gabapentin, for nerve pain, i just took first dose last night, so really its to early to see if this will help, sure hope so!."

   
1.0

Garye (taken for less than 1 month) August 17, 2016

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For Pain: "Severe scapula pain ...nerve around shoulder blade to chest..massage could not help...Doctor started with 600 mg 3 times a day and 5 mg valium at nite..pain was less each day for first 6 days...some dry mouth...some wobbly walking at first..sleep was deep and very restful...at 7th day am now going 2 hours between each 300 mg pill with pain reduced 95 percent..have noticed much calmer and my small sciatic pain from softball has almost disappeared...breathing is more controlled ..I believe I will have this dosage of gabapentin down to 1 pill just twice a day in month...my shoulder pain had been there slowly getting worse for years..am 68 male..combination med seems to have worked for me"

   
9.0

Outfielder August 17, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I have been on gabapentin for over 15 years. I love this medication for my fibromyalgia. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because I do have short term memory loss. That is one of the side effects. It also has been wonderful for my restless legs at night."

   
9.0

Jenelle P (taken for 10 years or more) August 14, 2016

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "Type 2 diabetic with PN and intense lower back pain from severe disc degeneration. Just started Gabapentin 2 weeks ago at 100mg 3x daily. First week I felt fabulous. The pins & needles subsided considerably & I was sleeping at night again. Now I noticed it is back again. Will see Dr. about increasing dose but am concerned about possible side affects as I also take Cymbalta, HBP meds, Metformin, insulin and heart meds."

   
6.0

Grubbypaws August 14, 2016

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For Insomnia: "Was prescribed gabapentin for general anxiety and also to help deal with an exceptionally stressful living situation. Only take 600 mg. later in the day and most definitely am able to comfortably relax in a way I wasn't always able to. Did notice kind of a "swimmy" spaced out feeling and not always able to keep an even keel while walking. But I'm willing to accept that because I greatly appreciate the peace of mind it affords me."

   
9.0

Suzinne (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 14, 2016

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have been taking 100 mg of Gabapentin three times a day for over a month and have receivied virtually no benifit from it."

   
1.0

Jimbopobox.com (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 13, 2016

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have been on pain medication for 10 years. I was in a horrible car accident and then later diagnosed with fibromyalgia. You know... That made up diagnosis where everyone treats you like you are crazy and you don't have chronic pain. I lived month by month, growing a ridiculous tolerance to pain meds, and popping them like candy to get through the day. I was ashamed of my opiate use and tried many times to stop. Only to be in terrible pain that made me beyond miserable. My whole body hurt. Every muscle, every bone. Finally I researched Gabapentin and asked my doctor to take me off all opiates. I stopped the opiates cold turkey...after 10 years of them. The gabapentin worked after 2 days. I am pain free and so thankful. It is amazing!!"

   
9.0

CrescentMoon (taken for less than 1 month) August 13, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I have horrible anxiety from my PTSD, not military related. I have been on nerontin for 2 months for my anxiety. It does not help me at all. Now I am just tired all the time. Which makes my anxiety worse. I have noticed my back pain is better."

   
1.0

PTSDlady (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 10, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Have been on this medication for about a month 200 mg 3x/day and have felt no effect at all positive or negative. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and this was supposed to help with mania, but I wonder if I have adhd instead and am being treated for the wrong thing."

   
2.0

Creamsoda (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 7, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I personally am a heavier person, i have a lot of anxiety and depression on a daily basis and its been this way since i was 14. Im now 18 and i've been using many different prescriptions for my anxiety and depression and i've found benzos work well. But recently I was prescribed gabapentin 300mg 4 times a day and I found that it does affect your coordination taking this much of a dose but amazingly took away all my anxiety without any xanax like I usually take and it worked even better for my depression. I do feel a buzz almost as many users report when they first start, which i don't mind as i work from home and enjoy it but this could be a problem for addiction. Luckily I'm only using it temporarily and not long term."

   
8.0

Anonymous August 7, 2016

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For Pain: "I have suffered from pain in both legs, related to arthritis in knees, ankles and toes. My doctor prescribed gabapentin 300mg (one capsule daily for one week; then twice daily and thereafter). I got immediate relief of the pain and discomfort. I felt some minor dizziness and sleepiness, but these effects were not lasting. I am keen to know if gabapentin will be permanently added to the list of medications."

   
8.0

Eskal August 5, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I started the Gabapentin two weeks ago for Fibromyalgia discomfort and this medication has changed my life. My chronic lower leg pain I've suffered with for over 5 years is gone and my quality of life has improved a great deal!"

   
10

Anonymous August 5, 2016

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For Migraine: "Got botox and been through all the meds for 8 yrs, finally got the nerve decompression surgery and thought I was well on my way then WHAM hit with a massive migraine with vertigo was horrible lasted for weeks then Dr gave me Neurontin and WHAM it pulled me right out of my migraine!!!!!! so I'm confident now, hoping for great results."

   
10

rabird (taken for less than 1 month) August 3, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I Hate it so far. Been on it for less than a month. The irritability, stomach, gas, don't feel much pain relief... I'm hot, skin my face, ears, chest sometimes legs. Especially if I DON'T take regular. I'm more than a bit grumpy on this drug. I'm more depressed and upset. Cry easier. I DO NOT like it but I promised doc is try it. 300mg 3x a day. I can't hardly stand it at ALL but I promised. . I'm on fire now too even after the dose. It's awful but...I promised."

   
3.0

MichLinn August 1, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I have to say, it's been working very well for me. I'm more confident and I love being around people way more then before. But, sometimes I feel very dizzy and I'm all over the place. I forget everything and I feel kinda lost. I feel like my brain is on slow motion. The worst thing is I can't make love anymore. Its really hard to stimulate me and sometimes I can't even ejaculated. It brought me peace inside but I don't feel things anymore. Never happy, never too sad. I don't enjoy food. (Sorry for terrible english.)"

   
7.0

FakeBobRoss July 31, 2016

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For Pain: "Works great. Side affects made me not take it anymore"

   
4.0

Rita girl July 30, 2016

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "Do your research. If the lowest dose of gabapentin does not work, higher doses will not either. I was prescribed GABA as soon as I was diagnosed with PN due to a side effect for a biologic I had been taking for rheumatoid arthritis. I experienced rapid weight gain, disorientation, and my short term memory was non-existent. My neurologist increased my dosage 2x, with no success. I did some research on my own and spoke to my rheumatologist and pain management doctor. They both agreed: if the lowest dose doesn't work, then it won't work... It'll just cloud your mind. Stanford University published a study deterring the prescribing of this medication for neuropathy, as did the University of Vancouver, British Columbia. The efficacy rate is 10%."

   
2.0

PMWilson July 29, 2016

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For Pain: "Severe diabetic neuropathy in hands and feet. Severe nerve damage in the fingers of my right hand. Lower back pain with spinal stenosis. Started on Gabapentin 4 months ago after hand surgery. 300mg taking 3 capsules 3xday for a total of 2700mg per day. No side effects whatsoever and no reaction being used with all of my other meds. I find the drug to be effective for severe pain, not only for neurological pain but for musculoskeletal pain as well. I was able to get stop using narcotic for pain which was truly an asset."

   
10

Yerom July 28, 2016

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For Hot Flashes: "Took it for the first time last night--300 mg. First night in months I have not had hot flashes and slept pretty well. My sister has taken it for years with the same result. I had a hysterectomy at age 60--just 6 weeks ago and hot flashes at night became unbearable."

   
10

Donnamarie74 July 28, 2016

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Without going into excessive detail, I've been on Lamictal for about 5 years. Tried anti-psychotics (almost all) but could not handle the weight gain from them. Recently I realized that as great as Lamictal is, I needed to add an anti-psychotic and just deal with weight gain. But my psychiatrist suggested I try Gabapentin before anything else. I'm only on 600 mg a day (been on it for 4 days), and I know my body is still adjusting to it, so this might be a hasty review... but it's given me a calming feel, helped a little with racing thoughts, but I feel "high," at times like I'd drank a lot of codeine. It definitely makes you loopy, but I'm just gonna see how it goes. Just give it a try if you're Bipolar I and don't want the anti-psychotics."

   
7.0

JJ9069 July 22, 2016

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