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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

6.8/10 Average Rating

167 Ratings with 140 User Reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Fibromyalgia

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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."

   
10

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."

   
10

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"

   
1.0

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!"

   
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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"

   
5.0

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."

   
1.0

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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"I was prescribed Gabapentin this past September for sciatica caused by herniated disc. It worked incredibly well, for about three months, with no real noticeable side effects. After that, they got crazy. Body zaps, foggy brain, numbness in extremities, etc. Now I hurt from head to toe ALL the time, and have every single one of the listed symptoms of fibro. I wonder if the gaba is actually either causing, or amplifying low key symptoms that I didn't realize I had? If anyone has any feedback, it would be appreciated. :)"

   
5.0

Bevj_2 February 11, 2017

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"I've been using this medication for several years and haven't really noticed any difference.I've even been prescribed gabapentin for sleep along with the other sleep medications I was prescribed, again with no difference. I have taken pain medications also for several years.The one I'm on currently works well for me and I don't feel addicted! I've taken a generic medication for migraines for for several years; my insurance won't cover the label migraine medication. It works okay. The fibromyalgia designated medications that I've taken have given me very bad experiences with no help whatsoever for the pain. It's been like being on a hamster wheel, but at least I have a pain medication that actually works and doesn't make me feel addicted."

Reikimom333 (taken for 10 years or more) February 9, 2017

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"I was suffering from fibromyalgia pain most of my adult life, I'm 52 by the way, not realizing there was this wonderful medication available to me...I started it about 2 years ago and it really makes a HUGE difference in how my body feels. I take 300 mg 3X daily. I hope it never quits working for me...you should give it a try....It has no side effects on me."

   
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NatalieW555 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 7, 2017

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"The nerves in my legs are aching and so is my back. Doctor put me on Gabapenten. I took one pill that night and had nightmares all night then the next day I was a zombie I could not make any decisions at all and my head was ready to explode. Also I started getting hot spots on my hand, foot and arm. I cannot and will not recommend this medication to anyone! Call the Doctor he told me to not take it any more!"

   
1.0

Tgrlily24 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 2, 2017

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"I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in March. The past 3 months I have been experiencing severe hip pain radiating down my leg. If I slept on my side (which is the side I favored) the pain would become so bad it woke me during the night. Consequently I have not had a good nights sleep in months. Went to my rheumatologist who suggested I tried gabapentin prescribed 1 pill 600mg for four days than 2 pills 600mg per day will be starting 3 pills per day. I can honestly say what a huge difference this had made. The pain is almost gone and I sleep through the night. Also with little know side effects . I will continue with this drug for as long as I need too."

   
9.0

Rcamilleri47 (taken for less than 1 month) December 31, 2016

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"I have "fibromyalgia," severe muscle pain from a twisted spine/congenitally deformed vertebrae. I was getting better with yoga, but hurt my back/rib muscles overdoing. I developed depression on gabapentin after a few weeks. At first it dulled the pain and made me feel lightheaded, and I had memory problems. Then my anxiety increased and the pain continued, and hit a real low. I spent two weeks in a psych ward until a brilliant psych nurse who believed in treating muscle pain. I am now recovering on a mix of robaxin, a muscle relaxer, a low dose of valium for rib spasms, and prozac and remeron (for sleep) and hope to get off all of them once I can exercise again. Similar reaction to Lyrica four years ago."

   
1.0

Lucky to be Alive (taken for less than 1 month) December 25, 2016

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"I am on 900mg a day for fibromyalgia. It used to work but now it does nothing but make me fat and have dizziness. I am always light-headed. If I don't take it for a day my body is stiff for a few days worse than before I started taking it. Not cool! I am getting off it slowly. I will find a better way to deal with the pain. This medication is not for me!"

   
3.0

It makes my life hell- (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 19, 2016

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"Pretty much saved my life. 13 years ago fibromyalgia symptoms (severe pain especially legs and shoulders), started. My father was taking high doses of gabapentin for chronic guillaune barre. He urged me to try it--and it was the first real sleep I had in months! My rheumatologist had me on 1600mg. 3x, gradually lowered to 1600 mg. 2x. Studies at Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins show very few (and very mild) side effects, even at high doses. The only problem I have is if I forget to take them. Then I get flu like symptoms. I was able to continue my career (elementary school teacher) with no problems. Retired this year age 66 and very active. BTW my memory seems better than most friends my age."

   
10

Annabqnm (taken for 10 years or more) November 10, 2016

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"I have been on and off gabapentin and after 15 months off being back on 300 mg once at night has worked great. it is nice seeing others who agree"

   
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AttackKat November 9, 2016

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