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User Reviews for Gabapentin (Page 5)

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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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 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."

   
9.0

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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For Anxiety: "I have been taking Ativan for 2 years first 0.5mgs. 3x/day for a year, then .5mgs. 2x/day for a year and now .5mgs. 1/day since January 2017. I have anxiety and panic attacks due to health issues. To help me withdraw from Ativan I was prescribed 100mg. of Gabapentin 2x/day. I was noticing no change in my anxiety. My Dr insisted 100mg. was a very low dose and I needed to experiment with taking more. Due to migraines and the use of Imitrex I can't take anti-depressants, else you might get seratonin syndrome. Ativan is a nightmare drug to get off of ... don't start! Today I took 200mgs. of Gabapentin and haven't taken any Ativan ... I actually felt better ... I have thoroughly enjoyed all the positive posts. My goal is to get off all meds ..."

bluecatchina September 21, 2017

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For Pain: "I am still in pain after breaking a bone in my hand over two months ago. It is still broken after one month in plaster. My hand is so swollen, my fingers won't bend. They cannot operate until swelling subsides. My doctor has prescribed 300 mg one a day. I have only taken one tablet."

   
1.0

Hi I'm Ada! (taken for less than 1 month) September 21, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I've tried other drugs to treat my anxiety and depression with no luck. With gabapentin I'm able to function more normally. Gabapentin works for me where other drugs did not. For me it also improves my ability to multitask. I can concentrate and zone in on the task at hand. A welcome side effect is that smoking while the gabapentin is active makes me sick... I'm trying to use that as a way to quit. Also I occasionally lose balance and get the munchies, similar to cannabis. Please hear me... if you need help and have tried other drugs without help, try gabapentin. I still suffer but it provides me with the ability to function. It may also work for you."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 18, 2017

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For Insomnia: "I was prescribed gabapentin for insomnia. It works, but I'm hungover the next day. I mentioned it to my pain doctor and she said when my body adjusts to it -- that will stop. She's thinking about pan -- I'm thinking about sleep. I haven't taken it long enough to see if it helps my pain."

   
7.0

johnslovingwife (taken for less than 1 month) September 17, 2017

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "This drug was totally ineffective for restless leg syndrome. DR determined it would help. Dr was wrong."

   
1.0

ac; (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 16, 2017

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For Trigeminal Neuralgia: "First prescribed gabapentin for trigeminal neuralia 25-30 yrs ago. It was great! Since then I have used it anytime Tylenol couldn't control any pain. Usually extreme stiff - sore muscles. I always worried I would build up a tolerance for it - consequently having to continually increase the dosage. To prevent this I never take it constantly and always get off it asap! Tremors are getting worse & I have never tried it for this condition. Just never occurred to me to try it. I will start tomorrow if it helps I'll not take a second dose until the tremors return. Treating as needed - not constantly. Hoping to ward off the tolerance factor. If the tremors are just an occasional nuisance - I can live with that."

   
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Raef (taken for 10 years or more) September 11, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I was just prescribed Gabapentin for anxiety coming off of alcohol. I'm taking Antabuse also, so since booze isn't an option and the doc won't prescribe a bento, I had to try his recommendation. I'm prescribed 2 x 300mg a day. Day 1, an hour after I took my first, felt like I was on a low dose of adderall more than a relaxer. Slight tremble in my hands, very talkative. Day 2, I took the morning dose and a cup of coffee. 2 hours later, I started getting shocks (not brain zaps), but shocks like I felt I might have a seizure. Told the doc, said impossible it's related. Took my evening dose. An hour later, super irritable, trouble walking, very dizzy. Stopped the Med."

   
5.0

AnthonyK38 September 9, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "I was prescribed this medication by my PCP for my fibromyalgia in Feb 2016. I should have known something was wrong when I gained 7 pounds in about a week &/a half & I wasn't experiencing much pain relief. I continued to take it. The doses would need to be increased often & I was up to 900 3x/day. I took it for over a year & was taken off of it when Lyrica was started. Lyrica didn't work out due to adverse effects. I recently started this again & I've gained 6 pounds in less than a week. I've been extremely hungry so I've been eating more, even though I'm trying to lose weight. This medication has also made my pain/brain fog worse & when you have fibromyalgia, you don't need that getting worse. Never again!"

   
1.0

Jillyn31 (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 8, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I have pretty severe social anxiety, always have. I have tried a lot of SSRI as well as other drugs over the years. Gabapentin is the only drug that makes me feel at ease. I also take small amounts of Xanax before situations that make me especially nervous. I find that Gabapentin changes my personality somewhat though. I get angry, have paranoid thoughts and tend to believe unrealistic things, and generally care about everything less (which is good and bad). It can be difficult to maintain motivation and concentration to get necessary tasks completed. I have a job in which I have to interact with people a lot and even hold meetings. The positive effects of the gabapentin really make the negative effects tolerable."

   
9.0

Steph24798 September 7, 2017

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For Restless Legs Syndrome: "800 mg an hour before bed have eliminated my RLS . I had it bad , sleep was difficult and the desire to move and contract my leg muscles was maddening . Gabapentin at 800 mg cleared it up. I worked with my doctor and started at 300 and increased over time to 800. This works great for me."

   
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Jim in Philly (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 7, 2017

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For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: "Very good it works for me ! I just started this pill my pain is not gone . But it's better I hope it keeps working for . Happy me, wow, it's like night and day for me . Peace u all have a blessed day. "

   
8.0

Smerlke (taken for less than 1 month) September 7, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I started Gabapentin 7 days ago taking 200mg twice per day. My GAD is worst in the morning and slowly subsides as the day goes on. I also stopped Valium 7 days ago. After many years of using benzos I decided it was enough as I'm sure it was just making my anxiety worse and certainly wasn't helping. Gabapentin has helped me and I feel a lot better than when I was on Valium. I don't know if I'm getting Valium withdrawal effects since it's only been 1 week or side effects from Gabapentin. Feel some nausea, light headed and my breathing is heavy. Overall better and can manage."

   
8.0

GAD Warrior (taken for less than 1 month) September 5, 2017

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