User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Neurontin, Gralise, Gabarone, Fanatrex
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Reviews for Gabapentin
For Fibromyalgia: "I was first prescribed gabapentin back in 1997 by a pain doctor. It was one of three medications to be used in unison for my back pain. Since then I've developed fibromyalgia and the trio of meds have ended with the opioid obsession. I now take 3600mg of gabapentin daily. 1200mg three times daily. It works great. I started out with a much lower dose and as the fibro got worse the dosage increased. Another great thing about this drug is that it's free with my mail away insurance drug company. To those who think it doesn't work, perhaps the dose was too low or you were misdiagnosed."
For Insomnia: "I started taking gabapentin for chronic pain in my hip before I had a replacement. I had to stop taking them after a short time as I was so tired I could not concentrate at work. I have suffered from insomnia for years and thought I would try just taking 200mg at bedtime. Hey presto I can finally sleep without waking up all the time. I have no side effects and wake up feeling rested. This drug has changed my life for the better"
For Pain: "The Gabapentin did help with my nerve pain, however the side effects were not worth it. For 6 months I was in a mental fog, forgetting everything. I demanded off of it since I the side effects were out weighing the pain. I also had increased hunger as well. I'm now trying other options that do not block the happy chemicals of the brain."
For Pain: "This garbage gabapentin works when it wants to. I have a wound on the back of my leg. I was given this for the nerve pain. Sometimes, it takes till the next dose for it to touch the pain. Right now, I’m not asleep because the pain is too much. The don’t want to give me real pain pills because everybody is obviously just a junkie, looking for a fix. Their only answer is MORE GABAPENTIN. And Tylenol or Motrin, which have never worked for me."
For Anxiety: "Tried gabapentin at several doses for anxiety. Felt nothing from the 100mg/3x day that my doctor started me at, so we upped it 200mg/3x day. I couldn't tell for certain whether it was making anxiety worse or still having no effect until we upped it to 300mg/3x day when I knew that it was making me feel spacey, disconnected and overall more anxious and unable to focus and think straight."
For Neuropathic Pain: "After hyperextending my neck causing swelling and temporary nerve problems and I had surgery to relieve pressure from stenosis (narrow spinal canal) and arthritic spurs pressing on nerves. I am taking gabapentin 600 mg twice daily, but cut myself back from 3 times daily. I can feel when it is time to take another dose I have shooting pain in my arm and hand as well as more trouble with finger dexterity. It has certainly been working from me for pain but I wonder if I am less focused. I am heading back to work and need to be able to stay fully engaged in what I’m doing."
For Anxiety: "I'll give gabapentin a 5 because it works insanely good for my neuropathic pain, but for my anxiety I don't know. I just can't find the right dosage. I've been on everything from 1200mg to 600mg. 600mg worked well for about three months, but suddenly 600mg stopped working and is now giving me anxiety. I tried to up the dose, but it didn't work. Now I'm trying to lower the dosage, but it also gives me anxiety. I'm tired of not getting the right dose. It is a lot of anxiety and it feels pretty hopeless. I'm now gonna try to taper down slowly to about 300mg's because I see a lot of people that use it for anxiety at that dose. I just want minimal pain and to be calm..."
For Bipolar Disorder: "Very sensitive to medications and unable to tolerate anything but Gabapention which was first prescribed for nerve pain but bonus was in time it became obvious it helped hugely with mood! Not free of pain but the severity and duration is manageable with Gabapentin on board. Only downfall is short half-life so multiple doses during the day and can feel some irritability creep in if I go too long between doses, overnight can fall into that category if sleep too long. Nice to have one med cover multiple issues for me!"
For Fibromyalgia: "In the last two months, I've been attacked by an inlaw who's become violent after being put on gabapentin, and watched an old friend become irrational and aggressive after being put on these drugs. We all have pain, but these drugs are dangerous."
For Anxiety: "I had a nervous breakdown (lots of anxiety and depression), ended up in the ER and was given gabapentin three X 100 mg a day (about 2 months ago). It worked immediately; with in an hour of my first dose I had a big appetite (had lost 10 pounds), a big mood lift and a boost in energy. The side effects (grogginess and confusion) were gone in less than a week. It worked really well for about a month and then I felt it starting to wear off. My pdoc doesn't believe higher doses will benefit me so need to find something else. I agree with others that the effects wear off after a while and bigger doses may be needed, but I really liked it and it worked very well for depression where my other meds (ativan and propanolol) did not. Even though I feel it's worn off, I am still not as bad as I was (I believe it is still helping somewhat). Overall, it worked well for me but it may not be a good option if something long-term is needed."
For Migraine: "I have developed post-herpetic neuralgia since May. I have seen both my internist and pain management. through CRNA specialists. I have been on Gabapentin since the beginning at various doses. I am now on 300 mg three times a day and an extra dose at noon if needed. I went back to my internist last week and he asked me how my headaches were doing. (I have had intermittent headaches 6-8 times a month for years) After looking at my headache log, I realized I have not had a headache that needed more than over the counter meds since the middle of June! I have been taking 3-4 meds a day for prevention but they didn't keep all of my headaches from occurring. I am soooo happy that I am not dealing with headaches anymore and I know it is due to the Gabapentin. It makes the side effects (dizziness, a little brain fog) seem pretty insignificant. I wish I had found this sooner but happy that I have it now."
For Anxiety: "Eh. I tell myself it works, so I think that helps. Psych scared of anti-anxiety meds so he scripts anticonvulsants off label. Seems to work better PRN. If I take it on a regular basis I get fatigued and shaky. This drug relieves my anxiety as much as Benadryl, without causing the sleepiness so that's a plus. Seems to help in acute social situations to take the edge off. I think it helps my chronic back pain a bit, but that could be my imagination. I give it a 6 because side-effects are mild, the drug is cheap, safe, and at my disposal."
For Peripheral Neuropathy: "Hi, I take gabapentin 3 times each day at 300mg. I feel so much better since taking gabapentin. I take 300mg in the morning and double dose after dinner and double dose before bed. But I have gained over 1 stone of weight, also I find in the hot weather we have had I feel more fuzzy and tired. But it is worth it. Before I started taking gabapentin the nerve damage after a treble spine decompression was unbearable at night my feet hurt so much sometimes I did not know what to do with the pain. I still get some pain and stabbing pain, but it's more manageable. Thank you gabapentin."
For Occipital Neuralgia: "After suffering day in and day out for 32 years of my life, I was told I had occipital Neuralgia. And was given a large shot into the base of my skull every month for 3 years. And the shot did nothing. Than I was put on oral Gabapentin and for the first time in my life I have little to nothing for pain based off what I was dealing with. So thankful for it."
For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I had taken Mirapex for about 12 years, and though my RLS symptoms had abated, there were a few problems: I had to annually get a higher dosage (which should have been a red flag for my doctors and myself) and there were severe behavioral side effects which started insidiously and ended up terribly. As a result, I discontinued taking Mirapex and took no drug whatsoever for RLS for 3 years. It was a miserable 3 years, but I did discover within that time that RLS seems to somehow be a dopamine issue, so I did whatever I could right before bed to trump up my dopamine levels: vigorous exercise, sex, and chocolate/sweets. If it was a really bad night, then all three methods were employed! I have a new physician and she suggested I try gabapentin at only 100 mg to start. Within 5 nights, my RLS was much worse, with one leg jerking so badly it flew up in the air. Gabapentin doesn't seem to work for me, so I guess I'm back to vigorous exercise, sex, and chocolate."
For Insomnia: "Took Gabapentin for 3 nights. Started having SHORTNESS of breath and missing heartbeats. Slept great, woke up like I was drunk. Shortness of breath and missing heartbeats Not so good. Stopping TONITE."
For Bipolar Disorder: "Just need to express this observation. The info provided by FDA, for almost everything, is a mile long. Including so many adverse effects, some even duplicated, I can't discern the real issues to be watchful. At any rate, Gabapentin has been helpful to me for many symptoms, from mood stabilizer, chronic pain, & essential tremors. The dosage varied, however, I never experienced any concerns due to adverse effects. A positive response, and cross symptomatic issues. Has been helpful for all aforementioned issues, with Little to no adverse issues."
For Benign Essential Tremor: "So, Neurontin, (Gabapentin), I have used this med off & on for 20 yrs. To treat multiple issues, 1st, as a mood stabilizer, I benefited @ a pretty high dosage (600mg X 3). Recall no adverse effects, eventually we just changed a few meds to better address my current symptoms. Then, years later, I used for chronic pain @ a low dose, not really helpful for that. Finally, my tremors have gotten worse, at times very troubling & embarrassing. So, in addition to Propanol, PRN, I'm going to add gabapentin, hopeful of a stabilizing effect. As symptoms changed, Gabapentin has often been provided, without any adverse effects. With only Propanol, 3X a day, I suffered ED, so discontinued ASAP, now, hoping to be lucky as PRN, and Gabapentin regularly. Time will tell."
For Pain: "I've been on Ultracet (Tramadol and Tylenol) for 20 years for extreme, unrelenting nerve and muscle pain. Because the US swings from one extreme to the other extreme, the "opioid epidemic" and forced tapering for All people- most especially chronic pain patients, has caused a great deal more of suffering. No problems at all and effective pain relief from brand Ultracet. But the morons are pimping Gabapentin to pain patients and even dogs/cats by veterinarians as a "replacement" for critical meds like Ultracet (and the real narcotics). Someone's making big money pushing useless Gabapentin on people and animals in pain. Useless at best, bizarre and scary psychiatric problems at worse. Avoid this medication. Gabapentin has an array of it's own very serious problems and so best to avoid."
For Vulvodynia: "100 mg per night did not reduce my pain but helped me stay asleep at night. It helped slightly with anxiety. Unfortunately this drug reduced my periods (likely lowered my estrogen levels - not great for vulvar pain!) so I decided to come off it."
For Fibromyalgia: "Gabapentin doesn't do anything for me at all. I was prescribed Gaba 100mg at first for nerve pain in my legs I started experiencing after surgery. My doctor said Gaba should help and diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia at the time. She said for me to get into a neurologist and see what was going on. I took it as directed for a month, and it never helped one bit. She then raised it to 300mg, and still nothing. I just stopped taking it because it didn't do anything. I just went to a spine specialist and was prescribed Gaba 300 mg again. Once again, nothing. It doesn't do anything for me at all. I'm also taking Ultram, and it isn't helping. I have another appointment in a month to get surgery done for my ruptured disc. I guess he put me on both meds to handle the pain until then. I still have to get into a neurologist for the nerve pain issues that I've had since my last surgery. I had to put that on hold because of my back issue."
For Peripheral Neuropathy: "If I could give it no stars I would! This stuff is for the birds! For the last 3 to 4 years I have been on 300 Mg taken 3 timess a day, and it is for my peripheral neuropathy. For the first month to 2 months it helped some with the pain and the stabbing sensations etc. It didn't take it away but made it bearable, then it stopped working. I kept telling my doctor it wasn't doing anything any more it was like I was taking nothing even if I took it 4 or more times in a day - all they said was" Only take it 3 times as prescribed". Finally after about 5 years they gave me a higher milligram dose, now for the last 3 months It's been 600mg 3x's a day, however I can't take a full pill I have to snap them in half and take half in the morning, Half in the afternoon, and another Half before bed. Anything more and I'm a zombie for 3 days straight, groggy and can't keep my eyes open, I have cotton mouth, feels like I"m outside of my body, overall it's a very doped up feeling, all the while dealing with the pain, the stabbing, the shooting pains etc. etc."
For Anxiety: "Gabapentin was prescribed for my anxiety, was also suffering from depression at the time. Experienced near instant relief after first 100 mg dose kicked in. Good stuff."
For Anxiety: "After several years of taking increasing doses of several other anti-depressants with diminishing results, my psychiatrist diagnosed me with treatment-resistant/atypical depression (along with the anxiety). I was kept on Wellbutrin, and gabapentin and remeron were added in. It was one wild ride. I felt so loopy and out of it, but I felt completely emotionally dead and empty. It was quite scary. I spent an hour once just slowly pacing my hallway and then staring into space. They cut my dosage, but the side effects were still just too much. Once I cut the gabapentin completely, the side effects were gone."
For Fibromyalgia: "I’ve been taking Gabapentin for roughly 3 months now and for me it’s amazing. It took my fibromyalgia pain away almost instantly. I had more energy because I slept better with no pain. For me my brain worked better, I had no brain fog. I was taking 300 mg at bedtime and it worked for a while. When I had to increase my dose to 400 mg due to returning pain my hands and feet swelled up like balloons. This can be a side effect for some and of course I’m part of that. This medication for me was simply amazing. Currently I have so much pain my job is now being effected. I guess on to the next one. Fibromyalgia stinks!!!"
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