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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Summary of Gabapentin reviews 1454 reviews 6.7

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For Alcohol Withdrawal: "This was like the light switch flipped to off for me. I never thought there would be a medication that stopped craving for drinking. 1200 mg per day and I am not thinking about drinking at all! The obsession is simply lifted! I also attend AA and many there are skeptical, but they do say. "Science may one day acheive this, but it hasn't done so yet." Maybe now it has. I even had a drink the other day, and I didn't fall back into the mental obsession as in previous relapses. Lets hope more doctors prescribe this for alcohol dependance."

   
10

G Peretti (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 19, 2017

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For Pain: "OK, so I am prone to addiction to drugs that impact the GABA neurotransmitter system--benzos, phenobarbital (all prescribed, BTW). Gabapentin is no different, I am now on a long, slow detox from this nasty stuff. Rare, but not that rare per my detox docs, and a brutal withdrawal-not quite klonopin brutal, but I have better docs now too. IF you have any history of having a hard time getting off alcohol, benzos or other GABA drugs, approach gabapentin and it's cousin Neurontin, with great trepidation."

   
3.0

RJPKelly October 15, 2017

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I've been taking Ropinirole HCL 1mg 3 times daily starting at 5:00 P.M. and another at around 7 and one more around 9 for years but it wasn't doing much for my restless legs. I can't sit for very long if I don't have it in my system. Even when driving I have the horrible jumping and restless legs. My doctor just recently put me on Gabapentin 300mg, one pill at bedtime. The first night I took it was great I finally had more than a few hours of sleep. But last night when I took one I didn't feel it was doing anything so I took another Gabapentin. Now I'm up after 2 hours of sleep and my legs are driving me crazy. I just took another Ropinirole so I hope I can calm down, I'm just so weary. Why is Gabapentin not doing anything? Right now I could just scream!"

   
5.0

marciblue1 (taken for less than 1 month) October 14, 2017

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I have pheripheral neuropathy in my feet. Took 300 mg Gabapentin for a month; no help at all..600mg was major difference. Pain in feet, which was severe, was reduced 80-90 %. So far, 3 months on that dose ( 3 times a day) working great. Am able too resume walking (1-2 miles) for exercise several times a week."

Anotheroldgeezer (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 13, 2017

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I am 70 years old and as a result of hockey injuries I have a degenerated disc in my lower back and developed neuropathy in both my legs and feet. During the day time my feet felt like they were on fire and I had severe prickly sensations and at night I had involuntary muscle contraction in my legs that got so bad my kicking became violent. I could usually tell when it was going to happen, but I couldn't stop it. My Doctor prescribed me a 30 day trial of 300 mg twice a day. Within a couple of days I noticed a definite improvement and within a week I was no longer having the neuropathy symptoms other than an occassional tingling in my toes. In addition my lower back pain subsided and the arthritis in my shoulder and hip joints. I'm happy."

   
8.0

1st time user October 9, 2017

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I've been on "Gabi" for about 10 years, I'm 52 years old. It was miraculous that my RLS calmed down and became non existant. My Rx is is 2x300 mgs at dinner and the same dose before bed (1200 mgs total) These last few months I've been experiencing break through events. After reading many comments on here I may look at bumping my dose up to 900 mgs before bed and 300 at night. Has anyone here tried to do this and if so did you find it helpful."

   
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Sir Kicksalot October 8, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I have been using Gabapentin (300 mg twice daily) for about a month now, and I am very happy with it. I had been plagued by anxiety for most of my life (I'm 47 now), and my anxiety reached intolerable levels in the last year or so due to a very demanding new job. I finally decided I needed some sort of medication, and after trying Wellbutrin (thumbs down), I asked for Gabapentin. This med is doing exactly what I needed it to do: it is reducing my fears, uncontrollable worries, and hair-trigger adrenaline response to almost zero. Those bad feelings are down to like 2 out of 10, and before it was usually like 8 or 9. Wish I'd started taking it a long time ago!"

   
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KNDSG October 7, 2017

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For Pain: "Not working for my back pain, wonder if I will be able to ask doctor to increase from 100mg. I have been confused which I didn't connect with the tablets. Thanks for your comments, it may help me to stop taking them or increase mg. I cannot sleep with pain, maybe I'll just take at night."

   
9.0

Beno's mum (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 7, 2017

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For Pain: "This stuff is GARBAGE!! I suffer from endometriosis, sciatica and fibromyalgia. I've been on norco & percocet for the last 15 years, and have completed several rounds of PT. I also take ibuprofen prn. Went to see my new PCP and was rudely told it's time to "let the percocet go." As if I'm a child clinging to my favorite teddy bear lol. She also informed me that my pain is a result of emotional trauma and that I must have had a horribly abusive childhood! A *nurse practitioner* attempting to psycho analyze people! Hahaha!! After taking just 100 mg of gabapentin I had blurry vision and was so lethargic I could not get out of bed for 12 hours straight. It also caused very bad pins and needles in both legs. Avoid this stuff like the plague!!!!"

   
1.0

Slyfox771982 (taken for less than 1 month) October 2, 2017

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For Insomnia: "Gabapentin gives me a nice sleep with good dreams. Some dreams are vivid even. If I do wake up I'm in a decent to good mood. 200-300mg per night. Morning fog and grog is not bad at all. Best sleep aid I know of. I've also tried Trazadone which is a bit too heavy and gives poor dream quality. I'll stick with gabapentin till I find a better one. Daytime meds are levothyroxin and concerta."

   
9.0

Hypothyroid-ADDer (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 2, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I was prescribed gabapentin for anxiety about a month ago. The first day I felt better than I have in a long time, but every day since then has been more hellish than the last. It is a clear day 1 was a fluke. Not only is the drug not working for me, it seems to actually be making me worse. (My husband noticed this as well, it's not in my head.)"

   
1.0

MamaAdam October 1, 2017

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For Anxiety: "When I first tried it I thought it helped my anxiety. Could have been a Placebo effect. After three or four days I wasn't sure it worked for me. When it did work, I felt really strange on it. Not a good feeling. I've tried it several more times and again I wasn't sure if it worked or not as I usually become more relaxed in the evening. I'm glad to see it works for many as it's better to use this then a Benzo that can really mess you up."

   
5.0

FedUP! (taken for less than 1 month) September 29, 2017

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For Pain: "Mom is 98 years old, the Gabapentin Capsules was for her knees pain, 100 mg, twice a day. It did help for her pain relief, however we found she started having bed side effect as dark urine, feeling tire, not hungry, feeling confused at night time, so we decided to stop the medication."

   
4.0

Anonymous September 29, 2017

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For Pruritus: "At first I didn't realize it was the drug causing me that itchy feeling on my back. When I figured it out, I quit taking it immediately, and went through the withdrawals. Getting rid of the itching was well worth going without the drug."

   
4.0

Garr (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 29, 2017

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I've been on 600mg gabapentin for RLS for a few years. Very effective. Cut back to 300mg 5 days ago. No RLS but OMG!! MAJOR CRYING SPELLS!! Horrible withdrawals! Sweating, intestinal issues, fatigue. Not going to increase at this point but advise a slower taper to those who plan to cut back."

   
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Linda5050 September 27, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I first started to take Gabapentin as an off-label treatment for severe anxiety and OCD. While it did calm my intrusive thoughts a little, it in turn made me experience insomnia. I tried supplements and natural sleep aids to try to help me get to sleep at night but to no avail. Due to lack of sleep and perhaps the Gabapentin I began to feel depressed so I got off of it. It may work for others but for me it wasn't very effective for anxiety or OCD."

   
4.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 27, 2017

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For Pain: "This stuff is garbage. If you have real pain, you might as well take aspirin instead of this. This stuff probably works great for those other nerve pain ailments like fibromyalgia and the like but don't expected it to do anything for other types of chronic pain."

   
1.0

Disappointed with gabapentin September 27, 2017

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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have taken 100mg twice daily for a few years for bipolar, nerve pain and fibromyalgia. I find I am still in great need of a mood stabilizer, but it does help with the pain. I don't do well with medications and if I try to increase the gabapentin I get too sleepy."

   
6.0

Bochris15 September 27, 2017

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For Pain: "So. I have been diagnosed with a large synovial cyst on my spine, l4 l5 of S1. I have been waiting for 2 weeks for a solution from a neuro surgeon. I have lower back pain, numbness and tingling in my right leg etc. Walking only a little before I sit or lie down Have been taking 50 mg of tramadol 4 x a day. Was also prescribed 300 mg gabapentin at night. Last night, 3rd.dose, Woke up in lots of pain. Any recommendationds?"

Choozie (taken for less than 1 month) September 27, 2017

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For Neuropathic Pain: "I have been on temazepam for sleep for years due to childhood violence in the home. With gabapentin now for 3 weeks, I haven't had to take it and have no withdrawal. I have extreme neck pain from a car accident and an old cervical fusion (as a result). The fusion put me back to work and highly functional. Now I am 71 and all neck vertebrae have degenerated, and this drug is the difference between functioning or not functioning. I also brings calm and serenity. My son says I am more able to follow the conversation quickly and don't talk so slow. That's from getting away from Temazepam. It served me well for years, but gabapentin is working so much beeter. I am grateful."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) September 25, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "I was prescribed gabapentin for pain due to fibromyalgia. I was in severe pain. My pain doctor told me she thought I should try gabapentin for relief for the fibromyalgia. It actually worked very well. The problem was that before I started taking it I had no problems with breathing or water weight gain. After only a month of being on that medication I had to go to my normal pcp because I felt like I couldn't breathe. I could feel water all the way up my thighs and into my belly. I had gained 30 pounds in one month due to water weight. I ended up being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension because, I believe, of gabapentin. I will never use it again. I'm still on oxygen 5 years later."

   
1.0

Ksk1516273542 September 25, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I agree Gabapentin is the only thing that has help with my anxiety, I tried others medications but it don't work. I'm just taking it as needed for my anxiety and help me sleep. You can't just stop it like that. You have to weaned yourself off it. My anxiety got worse when I lost my mother in 2014. I wish everyone the best. You do what works for you. Everybody is different."

Tousant 70 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 24, 2017

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For Insomnia: "For me it had a lot of hallucinogenic properties that lasted for 3 days. The sleep was solid though. It was when you woke up that the hallucinations began. There were closed-eyed and open-eyed hallucinations. In terms of strength, the closed-eyed hallucinations were vivid and clear, like watching TV. The open-eyed ones were very subtle. They decreased rapidly as you got up. The open-eyed hallucinations were still visible well into the third day. If you concentrated you could make them out. I only took the drug twice. 600mg and 300mg. No difference in intensity between the two but at 300mg the residual effects did not last as long."

   
8.0

kabibble (taken for less than 1 month) September 24, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I've suffered from bouts of severe anxiety since I was 5 years old. I'm 44 now. The Dr put me on Xanax, but that never seemed to do much for me except finally let me sleep for a few hours if I took more than my prescribed dosage. I also have degenerative disc disease in my lower back & was put on Gaba for nerve pain about a year ago. I couldn't believe the effect it had on the anxiety. It's like it snips some internal wire a)& cuts the anxiety off. It's been a life saver for me, literally. HOWEVER, I say this with a warning. Obviously, not everyone gets this effect from Gaba. And, when I tried stopping cold turkey once, the anxiety came back worse than ever - like super bad. So, it's a long term commitment, be aware."

   
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Anxiety sufferer (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 23, 2017

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For Peripheral Neuropathy: "I am an 82 year old, non-diabetic. I have been taking Gabapentin (and other drugs) for peripheral neuropathy since September 1997 - 30 YEARS.. I am now addicted to it, thanks in most part to the VA's "Healthcare System". I've been taking 900 mgs three times a day which frequently does little to no good. Several times a week, I am awake for more than 36 hours straight because of the severe shooting pain; and now have uncontrollable seizures in my right leg and numbness in both feet and ankles. The VA doctor wants MY permission to increase the dosage to the maximum of 1200 mgs three times a day. No Thanks!"

   
4.0

Old Geezer September 22, 2017

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