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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Pudendal Neuralgia 1 reviews 0 medications
   
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Summary of Gabapentin reviews 1307 reviews 6.8

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For Pain: "Gabapentin works really well for my degenerative disc disease and back arthritis without making me sleepy like opiates. It's not addictive as well. The only downside, after taking it for about 3 months, it seems it's making me gain weight and gives me a lot of gas. And I'm eating less than I did before taking it."

   
9.0

vegasmom (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 27, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I have been through many mental health diagnosis and double the amount in meds. I have been officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, severe generalized anxiety, situational panic attacks, delayed onset PTSD and a sensory processing disorder. I have tried many many drugs over the years to help with absolutely no luck. Until my therapist recommended gabapentin. Oh my goodness thank that wonderful man. I feel incredible. Absolutely no anxiety. I sleep wonderful at night and have energy during the day. I can tackle most obstacles with out crippling fear and panic. This drug literally saved my life. No real side effects for me which is extra amazing!"

   
10

Alliemazzing3 (taken for less than 1 month) April 26, 2017

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For Migraine: "I have chronic Migraine called Glutamate Storm. First dose of 100mgs made me sleep 36 hours. Before I got the prescription I never slept more than 5 hours per night and often only got 2 hours of sleep per night. But I did not want to take a prescription every day, so I only took it when my ears were ringing really loud and I was sleep deprived. But then I noticed that my chronic cough was always gone the day after taking Gabapentin. So I started taking it every day for that. When I did, my headache and ear ringing got a lot better. I am now taking 400 mgs per day. I had bad breath at first, but it's gone. Dr. says it might have detoxed something. I am all for that. Better out than in. This drug has helped me a lot. And I am not pro-pharma."

   
9.0

Gylm April 26, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "Took this drug for 6 months. It did nothing for my mood, but it added inches to my waistline. Worse, it made me scatterbrained as hell, kinda in a sneaky way as I slowly titrated, so that I didn't realize how bad it had affected my brain till I was off it, & suddenly I wasn't a super ditz anymore."

   
1.0

Gone Bananas (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 22, 2017

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For Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: "I have had RSD for approximately 12 yrs. I have been on every med out there. I was taking Lyrica, Gabapentin, Cymbalta, Ultram all different times. This is from a work injury. I had nerve blocks, trigger point injections, steroid injections and acupuncture. I stopped all treatment yrs ago. I just dealt with pain. I haven't problems and managed to do anything possible. Just recently, I had a flare up and went back on Gabapentin."

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For Pain: "This drug has multiple uses. I was prescribed it for social anxiety, as a replacement for the clonazepam (Klonopin) I had been taking for several years. It has very mild but noticeable effects. It sort of grounds you and keeps you calm, but not in a drugged out way. It also helps you sleep soundly. And for me, it gives my lower back a break of sorts from the constant spectrum of pain and discomfort. This is a kind of miracle drug in a way. I would suggest not drinking more than one alcoholic beverage if taking more than 300mg at a time, because you might get a little loopy. But it won't make you dizzy and want to vomit like oxycontin or percocet. Potential for abuse exists in my opinion, so talk with your doctor about a treatment regimen."

   
8.0

25 Year Back Pain Sufferer (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 21, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I am an alcoholic with severe anxiety and depression. I am prescribed the max dose (1,200 mgs) 3x a day. I find some relief, but not the same relief I am looking for when I take benzos like Klonopin. I really only notice the effects of Gabapentin when I am not taking it, because I am a nervous wreck. During the "experience" I might just be numbed to knowing how I feel, and I think this is the point of the medication."

   
7.0

b-rock April 20, 2017

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For Postherpetic Neuralgia: "I came down with a terrible bout of shingles on my head and left side I'm Dec 2016. The pain was terrible and the only thing that gave me relief was gabapentin and effexor. I'm youngish only 38. I have been taking 600mg of gabapentin and 150mg effexor antidepressants the combination works for relief from nerve pain. I'm nearly six months with phn. In my experience gabapentin is the best treatment for shingles. The side effect I have the most is constipation buy I take a fibre supplement in my morning coffee. Shingles pain is horrible."

   
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Hayleesmom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 20, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I'm pretty sure I've been taking it for over a year and it's amazing how much it has helped me handle my anxiety! I used to have suicidal thoughts and panic attacks daily but now I never have suicidal thoughts and I only have panic attacks once in a blue moon during my period. I'm sure my anti depression meds and my birth control are definitely helping but I know that without Gabapentin my anxiety would be a wreck still. Super glad my psychiatrist placed me on it!"

   
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Summmmssss (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 20, 2017

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "This drug did nothing for my pain and caused such severe problems that I could not remember words, it causes brain synapses issues!"

   
1.0

Curlymamaw (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 20, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain: "Gabapentin has severely affected my edema"

   
4.0

ljtaft (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 19, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "This makes me feel hyper and relaxed at the same time, its great! I take 900× 3 times a day. Love it so far. But I've only been taking it for about 4 weeks now. We'll see... "

   
9.0

Mufflan (taken for less than 1 month) April 17, 2017

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For Hot Flashes: "Was put on gabepentin 12 weeks ago by Dr and was very sceptical as have been on lots of medication for hot flushes and night sweats as nothing has worked. l've been on heaps of things, this is a miracle worker. I started taking 300 mg a night and now take 2 tablets a night (600 mg a night) ,no more hot flushes, no more night sweats ,and l'm finally sleeping solidly every night, no more tossing and turning and not sleeping .Now life is good"

   
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Shinsmum April 17, 2017

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For Migraine: "Had to start with 50 mgs per day. It made me sleep 36 hours when I tried taking 100 mgs. Also gave me bad breath and I could barely talk. Seemed to detox something in my throat. When the bad breath stopped I upped it to 100 mgs. More detox. Now I take 100 mgs four times per day. Doesn't make me sleepy, and the headache symptoms are much better. I am a person who avoids prescription drugs as much as possible and rarely go to the doctor. Gabapentin is the only drug I am taking. I am 61. It is really helping me with the debilitating migraine headache. Just be careful and don't take too much, or you will have to go to bed. And take it regularly. I think it's a good drug. Gave me weird dreams at first but I think that was a detox effect too."

   
9.0

Glaxy (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 15, 2017

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I'm supposed to take 900 mg 3x per day. However, because of the dopey side I've cut it back to one 900 mg dosage at night. I'm currently taking 30mg Norco, 20mg Zoloft and an anti-inflammatory @ one 10mg N in the morning w/the meloxicam. The rest at night. I also supplement with cannabis. This has been going on for 3 years. My pain is barely breached, unless it is a VERY nice day outside. When the weather changes, the pain is intolerable. Arthritis sucks. My pain is a result of extreme body use. Sports, Military and work options have beat me down. But the Zoloft and Gabapentin work well together and I can focus,(kind of.)"

   
5.0

Guitar Jack (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 14, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I've been taking this drug for almost 9 months and I get no relief. I suffer with leg pain that intensifies when I walk. I've seen at least 5 different specialists; had scores of tests/MRI's etc and no diagnosis. My final visit was with Neurologists (I've seen two; one in Philadelphia and the other doctor in New York). Unfortunately, I have not responded to this medicine and am now weaning off of it. good luck to those who try it......SAD to say I had no luck and my condition worsens every month."

   
1.0

Lower Leg Pain (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 13, 2017

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For Pain: "On 900mg 3 times a day and it is not working at all for me. In need of something that is actually going to suppress the pain. "

   
1.0

Tinkerbell99 April 12, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 14 years ago. I have done the rigamarole of drugs for pain and sleep...spent years running on 2 hours sleep here and there and unable to function normally. Tramadol used to provide adequate pain relief but my insurance stopped covering it and I could not afford it after that. Muscle relaxants helped for a while but over time they became less helpful. Eventually I stopped taking them. Recently my doctor put me on Gabapentin and for the first time in years I got some real sleep and my pain is dulled to a low roar. The brain fog happens when dosage is increased but subsides after a few days...overall I can function at a higher level than ever before. It is a good compromise for me!"

   
8.0

shaawnie (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 11, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain: "Side affects clumsiness & unsteadiness, drowsiness & fatigue. But overall they are manageable when you consider the relief from the nerve pain this med provides."

   
8.0

robgr787 (taken for less than 1 month) April 6, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "I started 2/17 for recently diagnosed fibromyalgia. (I take 25mg of Zoloft for depression) I am taking 400mg of gaba in applesauce at night (had gastric bypass). My body and pain is WAY more calm than before. My pain went from a 9 to a 2 and I've stayed there since. Through all kinds of weather ups and downs, NO flare-ups these last couple of months. SIDE EFFECTS for me. 1. Eating! I wake up wanting to eat as many carbs and pastries as possible. I've never been like that before. (I've gained 5lb in 6 weeks) 2. VERTIGO! After I take it. I have to be careful making my way to bed so I don't fall. 3. Memory issues but not worse than fibro fog. To me the calm body and reduction in pain is worth it!"

   
9.0

Oneiannie (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 6, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "For all of you that speak of brain fog and dizzy lightheadedness with gabapentin. In my experience gabapentin depletes b12. I am getting b12 injections monthly. And 3 days after first injection all the dizziness and brain fog was gone"

   
5.0

Hln April 4, 2017

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For Hot Flashes: "My PCP had prescribed Buspar for my menopause induced anxiety and hot flashes, then I was prescribed gabapentin for what was thought to be neuropathy. After researching gabapentin, I discovered many were saying it helped with hot flashes, so I decided to stop the Buspar and the gabapentin worked like a charm, even better than the Buspar. However, after further testing it was discovered that the issue with my feet was not neuropathy and my podiatrist said no need for the gabapentin, so I stopped. Huge, I mean huge mistake...night sweats and hot flashes came back with a vengeance. Couldn't get a good night sleep and thought I was going to loose my mind. Went back to the gabapentin (200mg) and slept like a baby, no night sweats or hot flashes."

   
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Happy Nana April 3, 2017

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "Gabapentin has saved my sanity. I have severe RLS 24/7. All day, every day. No exception. Was put on Requip, which did nothing. I was then prescribed Gabapentin, and my legs immediately calmed down. I couldn't believe it! I was ecstatic! I feel like a normal person again. It has caused some dizziness, balance issues here and there, and cognitive issues as well. But, nothing I can't live with. I'm sure the symptoms will subside, since I've only been on this medication for about a week. But, it's worth it to stop that horrible feeling in my legs. I literally felt like I was going to lose my mind. This has been a miracle drug for me."

   
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Dziner05 (taken for less than 1 month) April 1, 2017

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For Hot Flashes: "Totally eliminates my night sweats. I went out of town one night an forgot to take it with me - I couldn't sleep at all because of the sweating an agitation. I won't make that mistake again."

   
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avocat (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 1, 2017

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For Anxiety: "Gabapentin has really helped me with anxiety. I used to always be thinking of what I had to do while I was busy with something else. For example, I would worry about what I had to do after work while I was at work. I would play future scenarios over and over before they even occurred. I would play past experiences over and over. Some call this rumination. Much of this has either dropped down to a manageable level or just disappeared with gabapentin. I have never been one much into pharmaceuticals but this one works for me. I can see that some people love how it works for them, some people despise of it, and others say it doesn't do a thing for them. We are all different and what works for one doesn't work for another, just like diet. I'm much happier going out and doing ordinary things like shopping, going to the bank, and other ordinary routine tasks. I easily get bored with ordinary tasks and just want to get them done. I just wanted to get things over with so that I could take on the next task. Now, I can be more with what I am doing without having to rush through it to get to the next goal. I take my time and stop to talk with people. It's ok if I'm late for the next task so long as it's not an appointment where others are involved. The main thing for me is to enjoy people when I go out to a store, or the bank, or wherever! The gabapentin helps a part of my brain slow down so that I can "see" the people in my day. It really feels good to go to the gym and not feel tied to a specific exercise routine anymore. I like going in with a goal in mind, but allow for what the body is telling me. Instead of just checking in at the desk, I'm more likely to spend time saying hello and having patience. So what if it means that I will get home 5 minutes later and eat dinner 5 minutes later, and then get 5 minutes less sleep. Big deal! I see from writing this that gabapentin helps me to be less obsessive With gabapentin, it is much easier for me to accept doing a job I am tired of. I've been at the same job for a long job and was getting antsy to move on. There isn't anything bad about the job, but doing anything "forever" gets kind of old. Now, I know that soon I will be making a change, but can be"more" patient until the change happens. If I were completely patient, then the change would never happen. There is still fire to make the change happen. I feel less anxiety about change and welcome it more now. There are times in life when change is good. I don't feel as dead in my tracks with fearing change. It's o.k. if I don't figure out "everything" today because there is always tomorrow! Yes, I am very satisfied with how gabapentin works. I give it a 10 out of 10."

   
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Matthew6969 March 31, 2017

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