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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

6.9/10 Average Rating

136 Ratings with 109 User Reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Fibromyalgia

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"I been taking gabepintin 100mg 6 pills a day and my pain has gotten worse I'm so sore and stiff barely wanting to move because it hurts to bad and gaining weight like crazy please help I have been so depressed the pain at times is unbelievable can't handle much more"

cheryl1975 (taken for less than 1 month) September 8, 2016

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"I had terrible back pain and wasn't diagnosed with fibromyalgia until two months ago. My doctor recommended gabapentin since the fibromyalgia especially took a toll on my mental state. My back has never been better! I feel like I can do things that I haven't been able to do since the onset of my fibromyalgia. This medication is truly life-saving. I have minor side effects-such as gas- but honestly, I'll take that over the pain anyday."

   
10

N1987 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 6, 2016

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"I took gabapentin for 1 month. My Dr started me at 100mgX2 @ bedtime. I slept great but had excess daytime sleepiness. The first week I felt really calm but had no pain relief. The next week, my mood began to go downhill & still no pain relief. Week 3, my mood became depressed, I began having increased anxiety, increased blood pressure to the point of pre-hypertension, hot flashes, memory problems, & feeling disoriented, still with no pain relief. Week 4 I got hit hard with a flare. I couldn't tell the difference between whether things had happened yesterday or last week, I was getting unusually angry, & I started having horrid back to back panic attacks. I discontinued without tapering down & interestingly, my flare reduced in intensity."

   
1.0

Jen1201 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 30, 2016

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"I have been on gabapentin for over 15 years. I love this medication for my fibromyalgia. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because I do have short term memory loss. That is one of the side effects. It also has been wonderful for my restless legs at night."

   
9.0

Jenelle P (taken for 10 years or more) August 14, 2016

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"I started the Gabapentin two weeks ago for Fibromyalgia discomfort and this medication has changed my life. My chronic lower leg pain I've suffered with for over 5 years is gone and my quality of life has improved a great deal!"

   
10

Anonymous August 5, 2016

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"I Hate it so far. Been on it for less than a month. The irritability, stomach, gas, don't feel much pain relief... I'm hot, skin my face, ears, chest sometimes legs. Especially if I DON'T take regular. I'm more than a bit grumpy on this drug. I'm more depressed and upset. Cry easier. I DO NOT like it but I promised doc is try it. 300mg 3x a day. I can't hardly stand it at ALL but I promised. . I'm on fire now too even after the dose. It's awful but...I promised."

   
3.0

MichLinn August 1, 2016

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"People often feel inclined to share negative experiences so I thought I would add my positive one in case anybody feels encouraged. I have Fibro, POTs, scoliosis, complex regional pain syndrome and a few other minor issues. I work part time and am a single mum (not all partners wish to hang around once you get poorly lol). I spent many years struggling with my symptoms but a new Dr invited me to try Gabapentin. I worked up to a dose of 900mg twice a day and 1200mg at night. I have to say I would not be without it. Gone are the restless legs which kept me awake at night, gone is the interminable insomnia, irritable bladder, IBS flares.. My pains are dulled. I didn't get headaches, I don't feel dizzy beyond my normal POTs symptoms. I rate it!"

   
9.0

Smart (UK) July 12, 2016

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"I have had Fibromyalgia for 11 years and had Amitriptyline for it, last week I started with shingles and left me with Neuropathic stabbing ice pick pain in my head/neck, yesterday the doctor said try Gabapentin starting dose 300g but not with Amitriptaline, reluctantly after reading the side effects I took a pill as I haven't slept for 6 nights and was at my wits end. I took it at 9pm I went to bed 11pm experienced leg jerking for a few minutes a strange tingling feeling all over, and excessive gas, then I must have fallen asleep I had been asleep 6 hours :) no shooting pains every 30 seconds no restless legs, I'm going to give this a go as first impressions to me on just one dose has been a relief/blessing and worth a try."

   
10

Flojo66 June 21, 2016

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"I have a love & hate relationship with this drug ! I have been on & off this medicine multiple times in the past 5 years At the beginning i saw tremendous relief in my FM symptoms that only lasted about 3 yrs of it was a up and down of changing the dosage because for me weight gain on this pill is ridiculous so my Dr kept me on the lowest dose until i need a lil more, So my dosage was anywhere from 300mg x2 or x3 daily . All this changed on year 4 when i went into a horrible flare up during winter & not even gaba could fix i noticed that it just just stopped working for me p.s. withdrawls are horrible, anxiety,insomina,hot/cold spells, stomach issues,fatigue,nausea,muscle cramps, best wishes to all withdrawing hang in there it gets better!"

   
3.0

Gypsypickles318 June 9, 2016

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"It honestly helps a lot for my nerve pain, I get it super bad in my arms and It helps so much. I only notice the pain if I don't take it. I take right now 900 ml. I would be in so much more pain without this. It's a blessing. Also I for some reason never get tired from this. I never get tired or anything and can take it in the morning if I forget. It does nothing for my insomnia. Idk if I have a rare reaction to it or what, but my doctor finds it funny. Ha ha"

   
9.0

Nachsie (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 17, 2016

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"I took Lyrica for 10 years until the copay went to $100. So I began Gabapentin at 100 mg twice daily. It helped with the pain, but not enough. My Dr. increased the dose to 200 mgs twice daily, and I began having the following side effects after only 2 days: cold symptoms, bloated feeling, constipation, cough with mucus, excess gas in the stomach, excessive eye tearing, feeling dizzy and lightheaded, indigestion, passing gas (a lot, plus, stomach pain from it), runny nose, tender glands in the neck, headache, bad taste (like eggs). I'm back to 100 mgs and the side effects are going away, but pain has increased again."

   
3.0

slscts (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 12, 2016

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"Withdrawal bad when trying to stop medication. Works great for my fibro, also helps my anxiety but gained 50 pounds while taking it."

   
7.0

Boohoo123! $_ April 8, 2016

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"I've had fibromyalgia for 14 years. I was prescribed Gabapentin and within days I had a horrifying headache and it felt like my brain was going to explode. I have the same issue with Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella and amitryptiline. Maybe my brain chemistry doesn't like to be altered with this type of med? I only know the reaction scared me badly and the only medication I can use for my fibromyalgia is Tramadol. Fortunately it keeps the edge off my pain and I can work full time. If only it would work on the soul crushing fatigue! :-)"

   
1.0

Cootsgal (taken for less than 1 month) April 5, 2016

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"On Gabapentin orginally due to back pain and lost my job of 13 years health issues. Prescribed gabapentin a few hundred for a few yrs. for back pain later moved went to 3200 mlgs a day for Fibromyalgia. Later moved back I hurt so bad because of Gab. I could barely walk, lost my senses, thinking ability, coordination, my joints hurt, & my nose omg. Then a physc. diagnosed me of having a mild ID because of it I'm off of it feeling much better & will see him soon this is going to be interesting trying to get out of the diagnoses. Withdrawals from it suck too."

   
1.0

Gabapentin & Fibromyalgia February 27, 2016

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"I'm a 45 year old female,diagnosed with fibromyalgia,chronic fatigue syndrome since 2000,i have been on many different medications to ease my pain,about 3 months ago i started taking gabapentin and can honestly say that i feel so much better i take 300mg in the day and 600mg at bedtime,i sleep well and my pain has decreased tremendously,it does gives me headaches but i take 1000mg of extra strength tylenol and the headache is gone plus it helps the gabapentin work longer so im grateful and i haven't gained any weight but i sometimes experience pain in my fingers, they get stiff but overall im thankful for this medication and will continue to take it as long as it works for my body"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 25, 2016

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"Gabapentin is the only med that has worked for me. I have had Fibro for 15 years. I had to quit work because of Fibro. Doctors have put me on all the other approved meds for Fibro and no way! I take 100 mg twice a day and 800 mg at bedtime. I still feel tired and can't do what I want to do, but I'm much much better than I was before Gabapentin. My worse problem is trigger points nearly all over my body. I have to go to get deep tissue massages for that problem. REALLY helps. Good luck to all of you!"

   
2.0

Suelouie February 4, 2016

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"At first I thought the gabapentin was going to work for my fibromyalgia, but after about a week I began experiencing headaches from nowhere!! Same with amytriptiline, Savella, Lyrica and Cymbalta. I am sensitive to and get migraines from every medication that is used to treat the pain of fibromyalgia."

   
1.0

Cootsgal January 20, 2016

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"I was taking gabapentin 1x- 300mg in the am & 2x-300mg @bedtime for about 5 years it did wonders for my fibromyalgia however I still did get breakthrough flare ups ever once in a while but it helped with the pain took off the edge so I could function. Well recently it's been crazy because it just stopped working & for 2 months I was in an ongoing Flare. So my rheumey dr said lets try lyrica, and wean u off gaba - it huge mistake. Lyrica was horrible it did nothing for the pain I had awful side effects , severe nausea, headaches, stomach upsets, & the worse of these were severe muscle cramping! I'm now getting back on the Gaba took a break so maybe it will work again I prefer Gabapentin."

   
9.0

gypsypickles318 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 19, 2016

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"I'm 53 and have fibromyalgia. I was at the end of my tether with the pain. A new doctor put me on Gabapentin. I take 200mg 3 x a day. It has literally changed my life. My pain levels have reduced dramatically, I don't wake up with the 'fibro fog' and my energy levels are as a 'normal' person's would be. It was been a revelation!"

   
9.0

Spooks January 18, 2016

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"I have been on it and other medications for a year and I've been in a mental hallucination.. I now have what I call attacks..I've mentally gone crazy.. I just learned last night that the other medications are interacting with it.. I'm at a lose, my husband and I are scared to say out loud what's happening they would lock me up.. I'm mentally, physically and emotionally drained I'm scared to stop medications never know who or what I'll become everyone thinks I'm faking and now have lost my family mother included. I'm scared for My Life. I was three different persons last night most scariest thing to experience. I've been on the road never a same Dr. "

Can she be saved faithless January 17, 2016

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"I'm 51 and was put on gabapenten for fibromyalgia. I take 900 mg at night, then lie there exhausted but so agitated that I can't fall asleep. The most horrible feeling imaginable!! I wake up completely unrested, and spend the whole day exhausted to the point at which the agitation starts again by about 6 pm. I have never been so miserable, and would not recommend this as a first-choice drug for anyone with fibromyalgia!"

   
1.0

Bethy64 January 10, 2016

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"UPDATE: It worked for about a month and a half and then stopped working. Fiddling with the dose didn't help. Then I tried to stop taking it and felt bad so had to go back on and taper off very slowly. I had terrible withdrawal symptoms including mental issues and increased pain. I started in April and now its almost December. Most of that time I've been withdrawing. I've gained 70 pounds!!! Reducing the dose has not reduced the weight. This is the only drug I have ever had dependancy issues with. I will never take it again."

   
1.0

dresan (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 30, 2015

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"I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a little over a month ago. I originally went into see my rheumatologist to check up on my RA. My doctor prescribed me the 100 mg Gabapentin. At first I had absolutely no problems with taking it besides the fact that it didn't help with any pain or muscle/joint tenderness/weakness. Now, after little over a month of taking it, I have been experiencing a lot of chest pain/tenderness and pressure, like it's tight. It makes it feel so hard to breathe, making the tightness worse. I have gained about 5-6pounds and my stomach has never felt so bloated and ridiculously uncomfortable. I've also been staying up all hours of the night l because when I take this medicine, I can't sleep."

   
3.0

Angeames November 20, 2015

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"Not helping me I'm in terrible pain, unbearable at times"

   
2.0

Chris64 November 15, 2015

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"Been in gabapentin now for 5 months for my fibromyalgia I'm up to 2700mgs a day and I can honestly say I have absolutely no relief whatsoever from this drug and my pain seems to be getting worse. My sleeping is shocking some weeks I'm lucky to have 15-18hrs a week. I have headaches and my legs, arms, fingers, back hips and neck are agony. It's 2yrs since I've been diagnosed plus the 8 months waiting for the diagnosis and every drug I've had prescribed hasn't helped"

   
1.0

Crazycuttz November 15, 2015

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