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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Hot Flashes
8.8
   
79 reviews 19 medications
Occipital Neuralgia
8.6
   
5 reviews 0 medications
Trigeminal Neuralgia
8.5
   
23 reviews 9 medications
Transverse Myelitis
8.5
   
1 review 2 medications
Alcohol Withdrawal
8.5
   
32 reviews 17 medications
Pruritus
8.4
   
3 reviews 294 medications
Bipolar Disorder
8.3
   
91 reviews 30 medications
Anxiety
8.1
   
292 reviews 56 medications
Cough
8.0
   
4 reviews 797 medications
Migraine
8.0
   
85 reviews 81 medications
Insomnia
7.8
   
67 reviews 108 medications
Postherpetic Neuralgia
7.8
   
41 reviews 40 medications
Restless Legs Syndrome
7.6
   
74 reviews 14 medications
Benign Essential Tremor
6.9
   
9 reviews 3 medications
Peripheral Neuropathy
6.8
   
130 reviews 6 medications
Fibromyalgia
6.7
   
149 reviews 20 medications
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
6.6
   
39 reviews 41 medications
Vulvodynia
6.6
   
7 reviews 9 medications
Pain
6.5
   
268 reviews 1103 medications
Neuropathic Pain
6.4
   
92 reviews 4 medications
Epilepsy
6.1
   
11 reviews 41 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
Erythromelalgia
4.5
   
1 review 0 medications
Burning Mouth Syndrome
4.0
   
1 review 11 medications
Pudendal Neuralgia
4.0
   
1 review 0 medications
Small Fiber Neuropathy
2.3
   
2 reviews 0 medications
Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced
1.0
   
1 review 53 medications
Summary of Gabapentin reviews 6.6 1,542 reviews

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For Insomnia: "It was life changing both for my sleep and anxiety. My sleep doc recommended after trying trazadone, ambien, a few others including low dose seroquel (which it gave me sleep but had bad side effects for me). We started low on gabapentin at bed and slowly increased. She said optimal dose for sleep was 900mg. At 700mg I started noticing real improvement. I had a few side effects when I got at 700mg and 800mg but they passed after a few days. Things like some tingling, little blurred vision, etc. Nothing that concerned me given my sleep was improving after so long with very little sleep. The other nice effect was at 700mg I started noticing my anxiety that I had had was becoming less. The other nice effect the anxious thoughts I got when I laid down became very controllable. You do have to take 2 hours before laying down and with a small snack. I highly recommend for insomnia and anxiousness. Doc says one is unlikely to build tolerance to it which is another perk compared to some sleep meds."

   
10

Tigerwolf (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 18, 2018

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I see there are many reactions to taking Gabapentin...some bad and some good. I can only report my experience which to me was a miracle. I have had pretty bad neuropathy in my feel and lower legs, with severe restless legs which I'd been taking trazadone for for several years, but it was reaching a point where even that wasn't helping the RLS. My new doctor put me on gabapentin and it truly was miraculous for me. I am 75 in a couple of months and in what I consider fairly good health. I no longer have RLS at night and the numbness and pain in feet and legs has greatly subsided. I told my doctor I loved him (which probably frightened the young guy!), but I feel better than I have in years. Guess we all react differently to meds...just have to keep in touch with our docs when we notice something wrong!"

   
10

KleeYel (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 14, 2018

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: "Unfortunately I haven't had a great deal of luck with this drug, all I can say is it's nice to hear people on here that have had amazing results as I will continue looking for a better drug, until then I will continue for now."

   
5.0

Vonwisdom February 14, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I had an addiction problem for over 30yrs and when I finally came to my senses and wanted to stop methadone and subutex, I was prescribed Gabapentin, I suffer from anxiety, depression and have recently been diagnosed as bipolar. Over the years I have self medicated with everything and anything. Taking Gabapentin really has been a miracle for me. I no longer want illicit drugs, I feel relaxed, motivated and for the first time in many years happy.. I take three 300mg three times a day. It can cause tummy problems and I generally have to take something once a week or so to stop this.. best medication I have ever had. May not suit everyone "

   
10

Cortana (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 13, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "This junk should be taken off the market as should Lyrica--the hyper-advertised new development via Pfizer. It is misleading and off-label experimentation is profuse."

   
1.0

Nark (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 12, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I'm on 100mg twice a day for proctalgia fugax. When I went from once a day to twice a day my urgency and gut pain reduced significantly. I have been on Tricyclic antidepressants for the pain and insomnia associated with ME. I saw a GI consultant recently who has recommended pregablin. I have to be careful with increasing drugs because I'm on a high dose. Any higher a dose and I get inflammation of the gums due to dry mouth. Gabapentin has also reduced my anxiety knowing that the gut twinge doesn't mean I have to find a loo fast."

   
9.0

Steve Edin (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 11, 2018

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For Pain: "pain gone, but stomach issues"

   
8.0

pechorin (taken for less than 1 month) February 7, 2018

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For Migraine: "I have Fibromyalgia plus all the side symptoms that come with it. The 1st dose I took was 300mg during a flare up and I noticed a difference in widespread pain and sensitivity and anxiety. It took an hour to feel any relief. Its not a pain pill. I am SO glad I made sure I had no driving to do that day. Scary but kind of nice for me when a migraine flare comes and you can't sleep. First time in YEARS I didn't get any sort of headache. In disbelief I only took it as needed for bad headache days or flares 300-600mg as needed once a day and its not a coincidence! Despite the side effects the first few times taking it it is the best decision I made! The side effects weren't that bad, first dose was a bit harsh after that it was manageable and went away. 2 pills was way too much so I take 1 at a time. Rarely take any pain meds it works that well. Highly recommend this to those who skeptics like I was. None of the ugly effects after taking for a while have surfaced either and I hope they don't."

   
9.0

ShuggaShoo1980 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 6, 2018

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have extensive nerve pain due to stenosis of the spine, frozen shoulders, sciatic, arthritis, bad knees. I was not sleeping due to multitude of chronic pain. My PA stripped me of all pain meds. I finally gave in and went to a pain clinic. I was placed on garbapentin 100 mg. in January. I felt immediate relief of pain in all areas. Pain Dr. increased to 300 mg. after seeing x-rays...so far it's helped."

   
5.0

shebe (taken for less than 1 month) February 4, 2018

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For Pain: "I have been on Tramadol for a number of years, and am coming off gradually, whilst taking gabapentin I have spinal stenosis and leg pain, which is ruining my life. I am having bad dark dreams and wake with a headache, my nose and roof of my mouth are painful and are very drowsy in the morning."

   
6.0

Lucy lou February 3, 2018

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For Pain: "I have a slipped disk and expierence severe nerve pain going down my leg to my foot. The pain can be crippling. I have had epidural, facet blocks etc. The Gabapentin helped more than anything!! I haven't experienced any side effects. Not sure what I would do without it."

   
8.0

Trimmer67 February 3, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1994. A Rheumatologist had me try Gabapentin. Twenty minutes after first dose I became dizzy, couldn't handle any noise became angry and shaky. Went to bed pulled the covers over my head until hours later when things calmed down. Will never try it again."

   
1.0

Jaisa311 February 2, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "I found this helps my depression, sleep and pain. I had problems with pain meds in the past, too many leading to addiction! Now this the only medicine I take."

aeris (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 1, 2018

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For Hot Flashes: "I have a herniated disc in my back and it's protruding in my spine on my nerve. I was just prescribed Neurontin 300mg one in the morning two at night. I stumbled across this forum while looking up effects of this Drug and I'm so excited to see If It will help. I'm 10 yrs post surgical menopause and nothing has helped my hot flashes!!! Fingers Crossed! I'll Update!"

KayD69 January 30, 2018

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For Pain: "I was prescribed this medication by my Dr for pain. It does not work at all. I do not suffer from nerve pain but post op pain after knee replacement surgery. Doctors in general are very quick to prescribe anything that is not an opiate. If it does not help then why prescribe it? The Dr did not listen to what I had to say so it is no surprise the medication he gave me was ineffective."

   
1.0

Mallory1114 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 29, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "This medication was extremely helpful for my bipolar. We tried a lot of other drugs. I'm very sensitive and a lot of other drugs either raise my liver enzymes or give me excruciating migraines. This medicine will level you off so that your anxiety isn't taking over your life. It actually helped me function in life rather than avoid it altogether. I'm 40 years old and time is flying by. I want to enjoy myself somewhat before I'm too old. I would recommend this to anyone who's suffering with ptsd and anxiety."

   
10

TerryB77 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 28, 2018

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For Cough: "I was put on Gabapentin 28th December for chronic cough following a very nasty bout of chronic bronchitis. I was not told of any side effects, and would not have taken it had I known. I have extreme blurred vision, scared to drive especially at night or on unfamiliar roads. I get very dizzy, I look drunk at times! The headaches are horrendous almost like a migraine and appetite has increased. My next appt has been postponed from 5th March to 30th April however I have arranged to go privately to a Respiratory Clinician in the meantime as I want answers that the hospital chest clinic cannot/will not answer any questions. Apparently Gabapentin is a last resort! My cough has reduced but not disappeared. No tests were undertaken by the hospital e.g. sputum. Lung function test previously clear but unable to take one since this episode started 9th November 2017 following exposure to second hand smoke in a neighbours house."

   
4.0

Charliesmum (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 27, 2018

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For Anxiety: "Didn’t do much, if anything, for my anxiety. I didn’t notice any side effects. I took 300mg 3x a day."

   
3.0

ow7en (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 25, 2018

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Neurontin (gabapentin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I have been prescribed this drug twice for Trigeminal neuralgia . 4 years ago and I weighed 310 pounds. I took this drug with seemingly no help. The pain went away totally one day. No clue was given. It, ( the pain), has returned with a vengeance. I am on a 600mg 3 times a day and cannot even talk without a painful shock to my face. My face feels like the dentist hit a nerve in a tooth. Wind, water, a wrong touch and I am knocked to my knees, seriously. What is a better choice. The pain has got to stop."

Michigan Mac (taken for less than 1 month) January 23, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "I am on 600 mg 4-5 times a day. I usually take 3 during the day and 2 at night. It has been a lifesaver. If I miss a dose the pain comes flooding back in full force. Couldn't survive without it. No side effects besides being tired for about an hour after it kicks in. I can live with that."

   
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CrystalS. January 20, 2018

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For Erythromelalgia: "It was useless, so I was given more and more and more of it until I felt like a zombie. The idea it does anything for the pain caused by EM is a delusional mistake."

   
1.0

Red and Burning man 617893 January 17, 2018

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For Anxiety: "I first took this for nerve pain which worked awesome but was pleasantly surprised to find it worked for my anxiety also. About the only drug that ever did anything, no SSRI's have ever worked for me."

   
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Piki (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 11, 2018

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For Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I had a case of Shingles in March of 2016. Was prescribed Gabapentin for Postherpetic Neuralgia which developed. I take 300mg 6 times a day. The medication seems to stem the the acute stabbing pains (most of the time), but the feeling of having a severe sunburn persists on my left side. I have had no side effects from this medication."

   
7.0

XworkerB... 77 yrs. young (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 10, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder: "My ex-wife and sister use this medication for bipolar. My sister apparently uses it in such high doses that others I know who use it are flabbergasted at how much she uses. Then my daughter got into her mother's, and overdosed. Doesn't seem to regulate either of the prescribed people while posing a huge risk for family. Also, I read that some addicts love this stuff for the buzz it creates while not being on the urinalysis panel screens unless specifically asked. That would be my sister in a nutshell. She claims to be a few years "sober"."

   
1.0

Addict's brother January 9, 2018

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For Vulvodynia: "Did not reduce my pain, but no major side effects. Used in a topical cream for months with Baclofen with and without pelvic floor physical therapy. Also used it in another compound with Baclofen, Amitriptyline, and Lidocaine."

   
3.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 5, 2018

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