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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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6.7/10 Average Rating
176 Ratings with 149 User Reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Fibromyalgia

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"This junk should be taken off the market as should Lyrica--the hyper-advertised new development via Pfizer. It is misleading and off-label experimentation is profuse."

   
1.0

Nark (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 12, 2018

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"I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1994. A Rheumatologist had me try Gabapentin. Twenty minutes after first dose I became dizzy, couldn't handle any noise became angry and shaky. Went to bed pulled the covers over my head until hours later when things calmed down. Will never try it again."

   
1.0

Jaisa311 February 2, 2018

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"I found this helps my depression, sleep and pain. I had problems with pain meds in the past, too many leading to addiction! Now this the only medicine I take."

aeris (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 1, 2018

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"I am on 600 mg 4-5 times a day. I usually take 3 during the day and 2 at night. It has been a lifesaver. If I miss a dose the pain comes flooding back in full force. Couldn't survive without it. No side effects besides being tired for about an hour after it kicks in. I can live with that."

   
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CrystalS. January 20, 2018

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"I have had fibromyalgia since 2003 and started taking 300mg of gabapentin 3x daily in 2015. Within a couple months, my pain and fatigue subsided to the point I could work again. I had been out of work and mostly bedridden for 8 years. I still don't feel as energetic and normal as I was in 2002 (when I was 22), but that could simply be due to the 8 years of inactivity and my age creeping up on me. I have no known side effects from this drug."

   
9.0

ranchnumber51 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 2, 2018

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"I have been suffering from fibromyalgia, lower back nerve damage and knee tracking disorder for the past 5 years. Gabapentin has been a miracle medication for me, I take 900mg daily. Prior to medication I was severely depressed, gained 70 pounds and the medication did wonders. I got pain relieve, started to move around more, went back to work on mortified duties and was able to lose 50 pounds in 1 year."

   
10

Mlili January 2, 2018

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"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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"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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"Less nerve pain in legs and feet, but more cramping in legs. No other positive results. No other negative results, to date. Have been taking for almost 1 month."

   
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krallspace (taken for less than 1 month) August 26, 2017

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"Amazing. Have severe fibromyalgia pain as well as chronic cervical spondylosis, following a failed neck surgery. Tried everything, was put on pregabalin but it stopped working & so expensive. Dr. switched to Gabapentin (dirt cheap) at low doses below 600mg just caused sedation did nothing ,but at higher doses 900 mg (at night only) my pain melted away from 9 to 1. No longer sedates me but clears brain fog and restores energy and motivation. It's also done wonders for uplifting my depressed mood (a real happy pill). Some insomnia, but I need far less sleep & no longer fatigued. Side effects are some occasional tremors & dizziness , myclonus, when it's time to re-dose, but nothing bad. A miracle medicine. Great for chronic fatigue"

   
8.0

Fred1945 July 27, 2017

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"I was having a severe, excruciating pain in my leg. It was tender to the touch and even putting on pants was such a struggle. I had an appointment with my doctor and from what I explained, he told me I have Fobromyalgia and put me on gabapentin 300 mg 3x daily. Ever since I very rarely have flare ups. I have been extremely stressed and have minimal to no pain. I still have a little pain. But it's not as severe as before I was diagnosed. So it works for me."

   
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FeeEve (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 20, 2017

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"I suffered for years with bad nerve pain all over my body, nothing helped as it was mainly caused by fibromyalgia. I was worn out and constantly had fibro fog, the slightest bit off worry or stress can cause a big fibro flare up, my doctor a few weeks back put me on gabapentin 100 mg and did the increase up to 300 mg a day. A week later after starting the tablets the intense pain I had was subsiding from say 100 percent to 30 percent. I also noticed it helped me to sleep like a log and have energy the next day which I never had. Fibro pain causes stressing the body. Stress brings on fibro and its a vicious circle of fibro flare ups. I lost both parents recently within 12 months so I have immense anxiety. 10/10 amazed at this drug."

   
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Phil Mac (taken for less than 1 month) July 5, 2017

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"Doesn't drain me at all, quite the opposite--once I got the dosage right I was more awake, motivated and out of the dreaded "fibro fog," perhaps from less pain that seems subtle. This medication does nothing for "as needed" pain, but without realizing it I dropped opiod pain medication use by 75% and enjoy a near-steady sense of calm. Be careful with ambitious dosing, 300 mg at a time really is enough, one too many pills in doctor dosing trials put me right back in a fog. Legs & arms no longer have "pins and needles," my body parts "fall asleep" significantly less, and that sense of widespread nerve pain has diminished. Looses some major points in its 3x a day dosing, I don't skip skip a beat, but nobody wants to be tied to a pill."

   
8.0

crazydude81 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 11, 2017

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"The only reason I haven't rated this drug higher is because it'a relatively new for me. Having been completely incapacitated and unable to do anything physical for more than an hour or 2 a day for several months during a bad relapse of fibromyalgia, I was prescribed gabapentin. Initially, I was more light headed than usual (get that as a symptom anyway) and couldn't drive as was extremely disoriented. I slowly increased the dose and can tolerate it well. Yesterday and today after 3 weeks I had the first 'normal' days for years. I am putting this down to this drug and if it lasts I will be extremely happy!.. that's coming from someone who hates taking medications and believe in health via diet... suits me (so far) ☺"

   
7.0

ElleHM (taken for less than 1 month) May 17, 2017

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"My doctor put me on 300mg Gabapentin three times a day, did not help the chronic pain, made me feel extremely dizzy and unable to focus. He then increased the 300 mg capsule/ 1 three times a day, even after I told him of the debilitating side effects, he then increased it to 2 capsules three times a day & now I suffer from severe nausea daily. It's as if he has poor listening skills. Why he gave me that when I knew it would not work for fibromyalgia, but increased the chronic fatigue greatly."

   
1.0

Nancy1229 May 15, 2017

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"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."

   
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Stoneychick May 7, 2017

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"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?"

   
9.0

freedholly April 30, 2017

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"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"

   
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Gaveitago (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 28, 2017

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"I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 14 years ago. I have done the rigamarole of drugs for pain and sleep...spent years running on 2 hours sleep here and there and unable to function normally. Tramadol used to provide adequate pain relief but my insurance stopped covering it and I could not afford it after that. Muscle relaxants helped for a while but over time they became less helpful. Eventually I stopped taking them. Recently my doctor put me on Gabapentin and for the first time in years I got some real sleep and my pain is dulled to a low roar. The brain fog happens when dosage is increased but subsides after a few days...overall I can function at a higher level than ever before. It is a good compromise for me!"

   
8.0

shaawnie (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 11, 2017

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"I started 2/17 for recently diagnosed fibromyalgia. (I take 25mg of Zoloft for depression) I am taking 400mg of gaba in applesauce at night (had gastric bypass). My body and pain is WAY more calm than before. My pain went from a 9 to a 2 and I've stayed there since. Through all kinds of weather ups and downs, NO flare-ups these last couple of months. SIDE EFFECTS for me. 1. Eating! I wake up wanting to eat as many carbs and pastries as possible. I've never been like that before. (I've gained 5lb in 6 weeks) 2. VERTIGO! After I take it. I have to be careful making my way to bed so I don't fall. 3. Memory issues but not worse than fibro fog. To me the calm body and reduction in pain is worth it!"

   
9.0

Oneiannie (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 6, 2017

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"For all of you that speak of brain fog and dizzy lightheadedness with gabapentin. In my experience gabapentin depletes b12. I am getting b12 injections monthly. And 3 days after first injection all the dizziness and brain fog was gone"

   
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Hln April 4, 2017

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"Fibro is different for us all. So this works good if your nerves are really freaking out. With me, I ache like the flu and stiff more than anything. Have tried it several different times and nothing that I can write home about good to say about it."

   
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Quando62 (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 31, 2017

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"Recently diagnosed and put on this ~ has helped considerably. I know from my doctor that nothing will be 100% helpful, so with that in mind I feel it has taken me from being unable to do ANYTHING to giving me a few hours a day to function (cook, laundry, paybills, etc) which was more than I had, and gives me hope. I take the time released formula (300 mg)."

   
9.0

ChronicDame March 29, 2017

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"I had the best results, in relieving the pain, with gabapentin. I was able to work through the other symptoms. The etodolac helped with the inflammation. I was doing well, until the muscle spasms started, again. I suspect the mould allergies exasperated the symptoms. So, cyclobenzeprine was added. I don't know what happened, but I was jobless, homeless, and very sick by the time a CVS pharmacist recognized the V.A. had put me on another toxic, prescription drug cocktail. When I brought it to the V.A.s attention, as usual, it was ignored. The medications that help, are the ones the V.A. will not prescribe to veterans like myself. They say speak up, if you do, expect to be classified as mentally ill, violent, aggressive, involuntarily committed"

   
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Pam pam March 29, 2017

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"I have been experiencing symptoms of fibro and chronic fatigue to the point where I had to stop working a year ago. The most incapacitating was when I could not use my right hand and this kept recurring for a few days at a time so the doctor suggested gabapentin. It has helped to stop the experience of the nerve pain in my shoulders and it helps with the other pain in legs and overall. I do keep up my exercises and stretches and have to be cautious and aware all the time of my positions so that I don't sit too long as this aggravates the problem. Also I have to sleep on my back or it will flare up. It is worth trying this medication. helps with pain and possibly that helps with fatigue"

   
7.0

deeby February 13, 2017

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