User Reviews for Gabapentin (Page 7)
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin
For Restless Legs Syndrome: "I was put on gabapentin after two other meds were not working for my restless legs. All I can say is where has this med been my whole life. It really has helped me. I take 300mg at 5pm and 300 mg around 9pm and it helps with my restless legs. I also have suffered from severe back pain for several years which I suspect is a pinched nerve and since I have been on this med I have not had the debilitating pain I was having before starting this med. I do not know if this is from the med or not but I had read it helped other people's back pain so I suspect it is the med that has helped."
Mamasita1269 May 13, 2017
25 users found this comment helpful.
For Insomnia: "My Dr. Prescribed Gabapentin for insomnia because she didn't want me to use NyQuil or even low dose xanax. Trazadone made me feel hung over so I wouldn't take that. I tried a couple times to take one 300mg capsule - which did nothing. Then I tried 2 capsules as it was prescribed as 1-2 capsules. I laid sleepless until 4am. I felt as if someone had turned the radio volume completely down but didn't turn it off. I laid with a silent and blank mind but could move into sleep. Once I fell asleep I slept until 530am when my alarm went off. I felt completely drugged, dizzy, disoriented and even once I was at work I could not remember the names of the physicians I work with daily. I didn't feel safe to drive or care for my patients. Never taking it again."
Kelley80128 (taken for less than 1 month) May 11, 2017
21 users found this comment helpful.
For Migraine: "This medication is..interesting. I am 20 with what a few doctors think is Fibro and a chronic pain condition but was Rx'd this med by a psych doctor for tension migraines. While it does NOT really help with migraines, it has been making me awfully sleepy and drowsy, and helping with weird aches and pains throughout my body. It can be used as a mood stabilizer and I can see why- because it makes you so drowsy you can't do or say anything, especially after taking the evening dose! I've been afraid to drive any car since starting this. It makes me more drowsy than my anxiety meds which don't make me drowsy at all! Doctor is raising the dose because since writing that first part- I have become quite used to the med, where my dose does NOT work"
Chelseabergstresser (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 11, 2017
8 users found this comment helpful.
For Peripheral Neuropathy: "Effectiveness of the drug for neuropathy in hands and feet was negated by side effects, including: Severe 24/7 headaches; wild crazy dreams that woke me up at night. The pharmacist said these symptoms usually went away after 2 weeks, but after 2 months they persisted, and other side effects seemed to be increasing. I had taken Neurontin in the past, and Lyrica, with no problems whatsoever. When researching side effects, was very surprised to read that these side effects where specific to the generic formulation. Went off, and all the side effects slowly subsided, taking about 2+ weeks to completely end."
ksquared (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2017
17 users found this comment helpful.
For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: "I've been taking 3x 600 mg of gabapentin for about two months for my diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Prior to using gabapentin, my pain was intolerable, and was interfering with my ability to hold a job. I've experimented with upping my dosage to as much as 1500 mg, and found that at that dosage it almost completely eliminated the pain, down to the point where it felt like a mild sun burn over my body, rather than like scalding water burns. However, I found that I did not like the side effects it was causing. I find that taking 900 mg seems to be optimal for me, with the best pain reduction and the least amount of side effects per dose. A friend told me about GABA, so I'm going to try it and see if I can wean myself from gabapentin with it"
Al Roy (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2017
4 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety: "I had a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2006, since then we have tried multiple medications to control Anger. Depakote, Topamax, Klonapin, Zoloft etc etc. None of them worked . I have been in rages to where I don't want to be around anyone or talk. It's been 10 years now and I happened to go to a doctor in a small town and told her everything about my anger etc . She prescribed Gabapentin along with Cymbalta and I have felt the greatest change. I go outdoors and hike, fish , feel like I am living again. Still I will have my bad days but this medicine I highly recommend to people who suffer with anger/irritability. I completely understand that we are all different and medicines work differently and I truly hope the best for you reading this."
Survivior22 (taken for less than 1 month) May 8, 2017
66 users found this comment helpful.
For Pain: "At first it didn't work until we found the right dose I am now taking 1400 mg a day and I have no neck pain head or shoulder pain as long as I take it. When I do have a bad day at bed I take 20mg of muscle relaxer and I am good to go"
Beeeker2017 May 8, 2017
26 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia: "I have had fibro for 7 years, finally have a doctor that prescribed me Gabapentin. It's amazing I feel like a normal person again. I sleep through the night, with no pain anymore. My anxiety is gone also, which is awesome. I know everyone is different, but it works for me. I have had little to no side effects yet. First few doses was a bit of an air head other than that no complaints. Being able to function pain free and agitation free is a blessing."
Stoneychick May 7, 2017
39 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety: "Quick relieve from anxiety improved mood and more productivity. Love it."
Affouni (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 7, 2017
50 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety: "So far works better than anything else I've tried for social anxiety"
tea555 May 6, 2017
46 users found this comment helpful.
For Bipolar Disorder: "A lot of people seem to really like neurontin for bipolar disorder. My experience unfortunately was not that great. I took it as an add-on to lamictal after I had a couple manic outbursts from taking lamictal alone. Gabapentin initially helped with anxiety symptoms (mental + physical) and really helped calm me down, help me sleep, etc. However, it dragged me back down to severe depression. I couldn't feel good about anything on it. Even when my doctor and I experimented with different dosages for lamictal and gabapentin, I couldn't find a good balance. Mostly I just experienced depression. I'm being taken off gabapentin soon. I really wanted this medication to work, but the benefits did not make up for the negatives."
elf_1984 (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 3, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
For Neuropathic Pain: "Because of the opiate crisis, my doctor didn't feel comfortable giving me an opiate for pain in my back and shoulder from a nasty fall. But, she gave me this medication and the pain went away and I actually felt happy. A little dizzy but nothing too bad. I recommend this medication."
Taber3 May 2, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia: "I was prescribed gabapentin for fibromyalgia 3 weeks ago.. taking 300mg 3x a day after years of trying every depression medication and being in pain killers for back pain for a year. I was consistently unmotivated.. I didn't want to do ANYTHING, had severe body aches, and generally felt like crap with depression and anxiety to top it off! After my first dose of 300mg I felt better within the first 10-30 minutes. I got up and felt like I had purpose.. my anxiety and depressed ceased and my body felt better. I would recommend this to anyone unless you have problems with weight gain. It seems to cause water retention. Also, sometimes I get dyslexic or clumsy.. those are the adverse effects for me, not sure about anyone else?"
freedholly April 30, 2017
36 users found this comment helpful.
For Fibromyalgia: "Tried this medication twice hoping it would help. Could not take the side effects; frequent urination, anxiety, depression, swollen glands, chest congestion, sweating and chills, and acne. Gave it 1 month and had to stop once realized the connection to my unusual symptoms and the medications side effects"
Gaveitago (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 28, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
For Neuropathic Pain: "I have been taking Gabapentin 300 mg twice a day for 2 years, no side effects, although I am not a diabetic, I have neuropathy of my left heel due to a back problem. Everything a okay until recently I have been having the neuropathy coming back on my left heel. I have increased my dosage to 600 mg twice a day to see if this helps. It is not fun to have an electrical shock run through your heel every 90 seconds 24 hours a day."
Arkysaw247 (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 28, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
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."
vegasmom (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 27, 2017
51 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Alliemazzing3 (taken for less than 1 month) April 26, 2017
97 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Gylm April 26, 2017
11 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Gone Bananas (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 22, 2017
14 users found this comment helpful.
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."
sb0326 April 22, 2017
4 users found this comment helpful.
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."
25 Year Back Pain Sufferer (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 21, 2017
60 users found this comment helpful.
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."
b-rock April 20, 2017
35 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Hayleesmom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 20, 2017
16 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Summmmssss (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 20, 2017
45 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Curlymamaw (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 20, 2017
26 users found this comment helpful.
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