User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Alcohol Withdrawal
Also known as: Neurontin, Gralise, Gabarone, Fanatrex
Gabapentin has an average rating of 9.0 out of 10 from a total of 60 ratings for the treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal. 90% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 2% reported a negative effect.
“Been a cop for 25 years. Also worked for private contractors in Afghanistan. Needless to say, I retired with two gifts. PTSD and Alcohol abuse. Up to 1.75 (a handle as we drunks call it) a day. Gabapentin came to the rescue (800 mg twice a day.) at first there was dizziness and I had to walk with a cane. On day 3, I normalized. No cravings. Shakes disappeared. Nausea gone. Went to AA but that made me have cravings again after hearing the stories so, luckily, I stopped going. Miracle drug? It was for me. Did not stop the PTSD though, but found that medical THC did the trick at night before bed. Sober for a month now. A first.”
“Started off innocently enough by just having a few beers on the weekend with my under age pals in the basement playing pool. Four decades later, was jugging vodka all day and messed up my bp and heart rate. Was 170 over 110 and bpm of 120 while resting. Ambulance took me to the hospital twice for chest pain. Went to get help for my alcohol issues a few months back. Was put on gabapentin 300 mg per day with a schedule to increase to 1800mg over the day. Believe it or not, I felt better day one and quit booze by day three with no wicked withdrawal or the usual cravings. I had tried to quit a zillion times before. My mind feels like I am 25 again. Please see your doctor! You do not need to live recklessly and damage your health and relationships further. I was spending 6 to 7 hundred a month for vodka. Now, well after Covid, I am going to take 3 vacations a year with the money I will save. Good luck all! Also I almost forgot to add Once on gabapentin my bp and heart rate went from 170 over 110, 120 heart rate resting to 118 over 88 and 66 heart rate resting. No more chest pain and trips to the hospital. Call your doctor or a rehab facility. I went to a confidential regional clinic. I was on course for a heart attack.”
“I have been drinking a bottle of alcohol every day from the time I woke up so the time I went to sleep, and that is for over 20 years. If I didn't have a drink by noon I would go into withdrawal. My wife would have to go to the store for me right away because of my shakes were so bad I couldn't even get the ATM card in the machine. Last year I was shot in the neck and back and this is one of the many medication I would prescribed. I put it to the side and I've never touched it although they send it to me in the mail for a month every month for a year. I just stuck to drinking. I decided to Google it and notice it works for alcohol withdrawal. So I decided to give it a try. The first day I didn't even have a drink with no withdrawals. It's been a month now and haven't touched a drink. I highly recommend this for anybody that wants to get off alcohol.”
“For my entire adult life, I've quit drinking a 100 times. AA, rehab, sober partners: all the methods worked, and l quit. But not for good! Finally, 14 years ago, l was prescribed neurontin for my brand new menopause-sponsored hot flashes, I took it for 2 years and quit drinking completely, I just didn't want drinks anymore. At all. When l went off the drug, it was obvious to me within a week: neurontin stops me from drinking and helped keeps me sober, I can't believe how well it works. I've been taking it ever since. I'm sober, and THIN! Opinions are of no value to me, because this is how my Neurontin took away my obsession.”
“I'm not exactly sure why I have had little to no alcohol cravings. Spent 2 days in the hospital to deal with the shakes and initial horrible alcohol withdrawal. Was prescribed librium and 100 mg Gabapentin x 3 times a day. I'm off the librium and down to gabapentin once per day after 8 days out from being in the hospital. However...I've had little to no withdrawal symptoms. I don't crave alcohol at all and it seems that the combination of librium and gabapentin have staved off the worst. I'm forever grateful at this second shot at life. It's miserable being a barely functioning alcoholic destroying your own life...”
“I am a sixty year old guy. I have been drinking since I was 15. AA gave me a couple of years of sobriety a few times. I could never describe the magnitude of my cravings (even to other alcoholics). Though the VA, I started taking Gabapentin about 6 months ago. I have returned to AA meetings because just reducing the cravings isn't all it's about for me. I have said that stated in meetings that there is finally a pill that cure's alcoholism. They don't like hearing that stuff in AA. It is more true than they will ever think. Craving's were such a huge part of my inability to control my drinking. I have been able to do things that I never could before. Best of luck to you all.”
“I was prescribed Gabapentin for acute alcohol withdrawal, benzodiazepine withdrawal and anxiety. Currently taking 300mg x3 a day it has been working great, the withdrawals were bearable and now I’m finding the anxiety which once crippled me is completely gone. I can finally live in peace.”
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“I’m not sure how gabapentin works, but when it comes to keeping me sober from booze, it is a magic pill. I endured 22 years of heavy drinking with a few weeks of sobriety sprinkled in (usually after a hospitalization for detox) but could never keep it going. Started gabapentin 2 years ago and the cravings just disappeared. I would advise any heavy alcoholic who wants to change to give it a shot.”
“UPDATE. I am still on gabapentin. Dose is 600mg three times a day - total 1800mg in a 24 hour period. I had not had a drink "craving" since August 11, 2014 when I quit. (I did this within one week of starting gabapentin). I did have a glass of wine at Christmas, one beer on my birthday, and one glass of wine at Easter. That's it. I use to have 10 beers a day, and three glasses of wine or gin for bad panic attacks and generalized anxiety. So for me (not everyone) I can have that occasional drink with friends, at party or any social event - then come home and not touch the stuff and WITHOUT ANY CRAVINGS AT ALL - as I had during my 40-year binge. Still, this drug is amazing. AA never worked for me.”
“I am now coming up to 6 months and alcohol free after taking this drug. I am 54 and I was a very heavy drinker. Spirits were my drink of choice and I started early in the morning and easily polish a litre bottle off. I went to see a specialist and she prescribed me Gabapentin/Nuerontin. I took my first pill (300mg) in the evening before going to bed and actually slept all through the night without waking early. No night sweats and grabbing for the bottle to get my first drink of the day. I was a bit fuzzy headed for a few days but that faded however my alcohol cravings had gone. I still have problems with being in groups of people socialising when its booze related so I tend to leave early. I am now the official taxi driver! I am going back to see my specialist next month so I can cut down slowly on the pills if needed. Currently I am on 300mg x 3 a day. Good luck to you all and hope this helps and gives some encouragement and hope.”
“Binge drank for 37 yrs, stopped 1000 times. Itook gabapentin 100mg 3 times a day. No more nausea that in the past only booze took away. It helped with my anti social behavior and severe anxiety. I can finally stop and talk to people and feel calm doing it. I am so happy I can finally stop drinking and live a bit of a normal life.”
“I have tried and failed soo many times trying to quit drinking and they always failed , finally I ended up in a lock rehab ward . I was prescribed the Gabapentin( 300mg 3x a day) , I cannot explain the change in me it was like over night my desire\need for alcohol was gone . I am now into my 5 th month alcohol free life. I am very happy with the fact my automatic reaction to the need for alcohol is gone. I would encourage some one that has failed to stop drinking to give this a try it beats dying .”
“I have been on Gabapentin for 15 months. My dose is two 600mg tablets a day for a total of 1200mg in a 24-hour period. I was prescribed Gabapentin for alcoholism first, anxiety second. This medication is a God send. After drinking 10-15 alcohol drinks a day for 40 years, within a week I quit and had no side effects from withdrawal - plus the anxiety went away. I do NOT crave alcohol at all. It is so weird. I thought it wouldn't work until I tried it - and it does work! It was THAT quick. I suggest everyone with an alcohol problem that wants to quit but is deathly afraid to do so, ask your doctor for gabapentin. It is non-addictive like benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax). AA never worked for me. Gabapentin, IMO replaces AA.”
“This drug was a life saver for me. I strongly recommend it. I'm 25 years old and went through a 4 year binge drinking everyday. I suffered from withdrawals I had panic attacks and my anxiety was through the roof. Alcohol was destroying my health and relationships. This medication even lifts your mood and calms you down. I have been alcohol free and no cravings what so ever. It Worked the first day. I'm so thankful for this. More doctors should prescribe it. It is great. God bless everyone - you got this.”
“Not alcohol withdrawal, Abuse. I've lived with having to argue with myself every day saying "Don't drink today" " I must not drink today" my days were consumed with me arguing with myself and not having the mental band width to deal with other things. and of course I mostly lost the arguments to not drink. Until.... until Gabapentin. I started taking it 6 weeks ago for nerve pain. I denounce any doctor that does not offer this to any patient that they suspect alcohol abuse, as gabapentin is MAGIC. I still argue with myself to not drink but I have begun to realize it is just a 50 year old habit. I have no desire to drink. NONE... I did however go out shooting pool with my son and friends and had a beer just one beer with my son and friends, was fantastic. If you drink and hate yourself half as much as I did, you must try gabapentin for your problem - it is magic, pure and simple. Doctors, shame on you for not offering if off-label to anyone you suspect of having AUD.”
“The short term use of gabapentin assisted me through alcohol withdrawal and recovery. I also found that it helped with my shoulder and minor back pain. It also helps as a mood stabilizer for me. In the past things like going to the mall or being in large crowds used to cause anxiety and anger, so I would avoid these and any similar situations. I’ve always run on the hot tempered side(no outbursts, just the internal struggle). Gabapentin has made a huge difference for me and I feel peaceful and for now the only side effects are minor swelling in my ankles and I can feel a little sluggish in the am.”
“Im a 53 yr old PunkRocker. I drank for Forty Years and have been Sober 7 months, I take Gabapentin 300mg. 3x a day and I no longer have alcohol cravings with the help of this medicine and staying positive. Good Luck Everyone.Peace.”
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“I've been taking Gabapentin for exactly 16 months as of today for AUD (alcohol use disorder). I no longer have alcohol cravings at all after being a very heavy drinker for 25 years. My dr increased my dose gradually up to 400mg/3 times/day. He's had to back me off back to 200mg as I was too "foggy headed" and dizzy at that dosage. But I have not touched any alcohol since day 1 and abstinence has been relatively easy. I cannot recommend this treatment enough -- it's been awesome! Finally sober after 25 years!!!”
“I am only a few days into my abstinence from alcohol, but I'm beyond thrilled/baffled that I'm here at all. I was drinking nearly a bottle of wine at night to soothe stress and anxiety, but the fall out was mood swings and hang-overs. I read in an article how gabapentin helped with alcohol withdrawal and/or cravings. By way of experiment, I tried it, and as if by magic, I had no cravings for drinking. Gabapentin seems like a miracle drug to me. It truly is the game-changer I never even imagined existed. If you're looking to quit or reduce your alcohol dependence, try it. You'll be dazzled. Suddenly, I feel so much more positive about myself and my future. Good luck and power to you all.”
“I was prescribed gabapentin while I was in the hospital after an alcohol related accident. They started me on this while I was in a Xanax induced coma to help with seizures; I had been an alcoholic for 15 years. That was 10/20/13. So many people in the recovery community praise this as a wonder drug, and I agree. I take 600mg 3 times daily, which is double where I started. The only time I notice the drug is when I'm not on it and my anxiety rises and temper gets short. This drug in combination with a recovery plan is a Godsend. Haven't had a drink since.”
“It was a miracle for me I on highest dose a day. I got it for my neuropathy and it helped a lot to deal with my alcoholism which was an unexpected bonus, but I have to say I've detoxed from pretty much everything so if you want to go off it taper! Cause withdrawal off gabapentin is right up there for severe terrible withdrawal symptoms, they told me it was non narcotic and non addictive well I challange my doc to start a regiment and try to stop then he'll find out! Non addictive - my ass lol”
“I was prescribed gabapentin for tingling and numbness several months ago. I had been trying to stop drinking for years. With the reduction of cravings which was a side effect of the Gabapentin, plus AA I have been sober for 9 months.”
“Last year I was hospitalized due to my alcohol consumption. After this I have needed to completely stop. I have been experiencing extreme anxiety. I was recently prescribed gabapentin 600mg*3 times a day. This has helped a ton! I can finally relax and focus on getting my life together! It is definitely helping me through this rough time along with AA and other support groups.”
“I have been an alcoholic for years. Decided to quit. I was prescribed Gabapentin 300mg x 3 times a day, with the ability to up the dosage. Gabapentin is metabolized through the Kidneys not the Liver. Yay! It's only been 10 days but I'm drink and craving free!! I get a little anxious at night but otherwise a happy camper so far! Good luck!!”
Neurontin (gabapentin): “This medication is awesome. I have been an alcoholic for 12 yrs. It has been 2 weeks since my last drink. It helps with mood swings, depression, and cravings. The best thing about it is it is not addictive (non narcotic).”
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