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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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7.8/10 Average Rating
72 Ratings with 71 User Reviews

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"If you are having success with Trazadone or another safe sleep aid, keep doing what you are doing, but I find Gabapentin works great for insomnia and anxiety. When I read the other reviewers who were not having success, it looked like they were on too low a dose to make a difference with sleep. At first I had success with 200mg at bedtime only, but that was when I was also taking Lorazepam at night. Because we wanted to get me off of Lorazepam for good, we increased the dose to 400 mg at night and 100mg at dinnertime. This has worked well with helping me to get off Lorazepam. I agree with the reviewers who say take it a couple of hours before you NEED to be asleep. Sometimes it works faster, but it will take at least 30 min-1 hour and sometimes 2 hours. And you need to help it by not doing anything stressful after you take it. Calm down and relax. For those patients not getting sleep help at 100mg, I would say talk to your doctor about upping your dosage to 200 or more mgs."

   
8.0

kb April 6, 2018

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"I've tried everything for insomnia. The doctor wanted me to try Gabapentin. First night I slept 3 hrs. and then a couple 2 hr. times. next day by 5 oclock I was very restless I couldn't do any thing til after 2 in am. I took the 100mg. at 9 and didn't get to sleep until about 2 and then awake every hour or two. Last nite was also horrible. I was taking trazadone I'm going to call doctor and tell her I don't want to take Gabapentin any more I think I want to try Elavil or just stay on the trazadone . I've got to get some sleep somehow.! I can take a quarter of tylenol with codein3 which I cut into quarters and take one of those a couple nights til I get rested then I don't have to take it anymore. I don't want to be hooked on drugs!!!"

dedee (taken for less than 1 month) March 19, 2018

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"I started taking gabapentin for fibromyalgia and neuralgia, and it's been extremely effective. I take 700 mg daily -- 200mg in the am, 200mg in the afternoon, 300mg at night -- and it's also helped my sleep. Not just duration of sleep, but quality. I'm not waking up at night with pain in my arms and legs, and no panic attacks jolting me awake. I wake up feeling that I've slept and I'm not tired all day. The generic is very affordable even without Rx insurance, which I don't have. This medication has changed my life, and while I realize not everyone can take every medication, I highly recommend this one."

   
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Mac (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 7, 2018

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"I was recently prescribed Gabapentin for horrible nerve pain that I’ve had since my 360 back surgery. It did eventually help the pain somewhat but I am unable to sleep at bedtime. I take it twice a day 100mg. I don’t feel anxious or jittery or euphoric taking it at bedtime but cannot sleep!! Does anyone else have this problem?"

   
5.0

Nursietj (taken for less than 1 month) February 26, 2018

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"It was life changing both for my sleep and anxiety. My sleep doc recommended after trying trazadone, ambien, a few others including low dose seroquel (which it gave me sleep but had bad side effects for me). We started low on gabapentin at bed and slowly increased. She said optimal dose for sleep was 900mg. At 700mg I started noticing real improvement. I had a few side effects when I got at 700mg and 800mg but they passed after a few days. Things like some tingling, little blurred vision, etc. Nothing that concerned me given my sleep was improving after so long with very little sleep. The other nice effect was at 700mg I started noticing my anxiety that I had had was becoming less. The other nice effect the anxious thoughts I got when I laid down became very controllable. You do have to take 2 hours before laying down and with a small snack. I highly recommend for insomnia and anxiousness. Doc says one is unlikely to build tolerance to it which is another perk compared to some sleep meds."

   
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Tigerwolf (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 18, 2018

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"Gabapentin is the best medication for insomnia in my opinion. If you want a solid 9-10 hour deep, refreshing sleep, I recommend combining with tegretol (carbamazepine). However, Gabapentin on it's own is great for insomnia. I have sleep maintenance problems. I go off to sleep without any trouble, it is staying asleep which is the problem. Waking up after 2-3 hours. I go to work feeling like a zombie. I also suffer with tension headaches, it's horrible. Gabapentin is great for both going to sleep and staying asleep for several hours I seem to nod off to sleep and then dream constantly, but Gabapentin has stopped that in it's tracks. Some people say they have vivid dreams, not me. Gabapentin helps me to have a great, deep sleep."

   
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Lolzy Bear (taken for less than 1 month) November 22, 2017

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"Very Sickening."

   
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ReservedGene October 26, 2017

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"Gabapentin gives me a nice sleep with good dreams. Some dreams are vivid even. If I do wake up I'm in a decent to good mood. 200-300mg per night. Morning fog and grog is not bad at all. Best sleep aid I know of. I've also tried Trazadone which is a bit too heavy and gives poor dream quality. I'll stick with gabapentin till I find a better one. Daytime meds are levothyroxin and concerta."

   
9.0

Hypothyroid-ADDer (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 2, 2017

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"For me it had a lot of hallucinogenic properties that lasted for 3 days. The sleep was solid though. It was when you woke up that the hallucinations began. There were closed-eyed and open-eyed hallucinations. In terms of strength, the closed-eyed hallucinations were vivid and clear, like watching TV. The open-eyed ones were very subtle. They decreased rapidly as you got up. The open-eyed hallucinations were still visible well into the third day. If you concentrated you could make them out. I only took the drug twice. 600mg and 300mg. No difference in intensity between the two but at 300mg the residual effects did not last as long."

   
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kabibble (taken for less than 1 month) September 24, 2017

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"I was prescribed gabapentin for insomnia. It works, but I'm hungover the next day. I mentioned it to my pain doctor and she said when my body adjusts to it -- that will stop. She's thinking about pan -- I'm thinking about sleep. I haven't taken it long enough to see if it helps my pain."

   
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johnslovingwife (taken for less than 1 month) September 17, 2017

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"I take Effexor for anxiety which has greatly increased my insomnia. Without something for sleep, I'll wake up anywhere from 20-30 times a night. I fall asleep easily but wake up repeatedly. I've tried many things over the years to try and help improve my sleep; 5HTP, SAMe, Melatonin, phenibut, klonopin, trazadone, seroquel, etc. The gabapentin is a life saver. I take it at the same time every night and sleep like a baby. There are no side effects that I can tell and ZERO grogginess in the morning. I'm amazed that I wake up refreshed and ready for the day. I haven't slept this well since I was a child. I highly recommend being open to trying this if you're suffering like I was."

   
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HappyHanna (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 10, 2017

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"Prescribed 300 mg at bedtime for insomnia and pain. However still taking 200 mg of trazodone and 1 mg of clozepam. New doctor took me off tramadol and couple others so wants to wait month before any more changes. I do have to discontinue clozepam but not yet. I am sleeping 12 hours. But rested when wake up and side effects are better today. Anyone have suggestion so I don't sleep so long?"

   
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Timone (taken for less than 1 month) August 6, 2017

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"Great addition to the combo of Dalmane &/or other meds like Remeron that were not keeping me asleep so I tried it: Definitely helped lengthen my hours asleep with little to no side effects that I can point to. Now I use a combo of Dalmane (30 mg), Gabapentin (600 mg) & 15 mg Remeron (VERY careful re: Weight Gain Side Effect, gained 20 lbs in short order), dramatically increases your appetite for Carbs & Sugars & overall appetite (what they don't tell you is that they give this to patients in the hospital who won't eat to increase their appetite)"

ehmwww (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 9, 2017

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"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."

   
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Kelley80128 (taken for less than 1 month) May 11, 2017

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"I am a 67 yr old male. Had shingles about 2 years ago and my doc rx'd gabapentin. Gave only minimal pain relief. I've had insomnia for years but never sought treatment. Had tried benadryl, that made me sleepy but I would awake after 2-3 hrs. So tried one 100mg gabapentin and 25 mg of benadryl in pm. Fantastic! I sleep 7-8 hrs of restful sleep with no noticeable side effects. The normal higher dose had no added benefit for me and tended to make me slightly dizzy."

   
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Doubt it (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 20, 2017

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"I also have be prescribed gabapentin for neuropathy and most recently for 2 herniated discs in my lower back causing sciatica. The first month was fine and the only side effect was blurred vision and dizziness. Going on month 6 and having horrible insomnia, memory loss, lack of coordination, pain, depression, anxiety. Effecting my job, cannot stand more than 5minutes, 2-4 hrs of sleep max per night. I'm miserable."

   
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Mdd1979 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 22, 2017

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"I was put on 300 mg at bedtime for better sleep with spinal pinched nerve, along with chiropractor care. At first the sleep effect was awesome - no crazy dreams like trazadone, and no super quick tolerance built like ambien, just good and regular sleep. However, after a month and going up to 600mg for nerve pain it bizarrely started to cause insomnia! The worst part about this med is the brain-erasing characteristic. I thought ambien damaged my memory, but this far surpassed that because it lasted in the day to the point where I couldn't remember where things were or what day it was. My father takes it for spinal stenosis too and has no issues. Also, the posts about withdrawal syndrome are very real! It was hard to wean off."

   
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ecga (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 31, 2017

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"I take Phentermine 37.5 and a side effect is horrible insomnia. I went almost a solid two weeks before I called my doc to help me find something that would keep me sleeping through the night. She gave me GABA. I take it 30 minutes prior to when I want to get to sleep with my 75mg of Topirimate and my Spironolatone and within the hour, I'm out. I'm very sensitive to medication also. But I woke up feeling refreshed and not at all zombie-like. I woke up at 2am to give my son a bottle and diaper change with no problem waking up and going back to sleep. I've only taken this medicine for four nights but very happy on it so far!! As I said I am very sensitive to medication so finding one that doesn't make me have lingering side effects is great!"

   
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Kimber D. (taken for less than 1 month) December 14, 2016

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"I started taking GABA four nights ago as prescribed by my doc for severe trouble sleeping due to cold turkey stopping alcohol. Just taking the low dose, 300 mg. Before GABA I'd lay there, I swear, up to all night long without falling asleep. Now I've four awesome sleep nights, I sleep around 12 hours normally. I'm used to 7 or 8 trips to the bathroom during night, now its like around 2! I experimenting using with different dosages of Trazadone, 100 to 200 mg, and mixing in with my marijuana or not. Great sleep!"

   
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westmauiguy (taken for less than 1 month) December 13, 2016

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"Takes 4 hours for me to pass out. When I do I feel drunk. I sleep a solid 6-7 hrs but still wake up foggy and tired."

   
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RiosRican December 5, 2016

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"I find this odd I came across this thread while looking up if gabapentin causes insomnia .since I started taking it for nerve pain I haven't slept in days."

Anonymous December 1, 2016

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"I've used a numerous of medicines over 25 yrs. Gabapentin helps but not the best. THE type of my insomnia is rare. Only 1 in 100 thousand have the type that I have. Been to sleep studies, programs, special diets and alot of therapy including psycho therapy. The sleep specialistat the university said there is no cure and best to fall asleep when possible. BUT that's very hard when trying to hold down a job and maintaining my family. Since, well in certain states, including mine- medicinal Marijuana is legal.... I smoke Indica strains and if still having problems, I take a 1mg Klonopin or Xanax and lights out! It's Nighty Night instead of Wakey Wake! Now it's trying to go pass out before I eat all my munchies for work."

   
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Wakey wake (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 9, 2016

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"I've tried different medications for over two years. This is the only medication that has worked for more than two months. Puts me to sleep and keeps me asleep. All other medications made me a zombie in the morning, or I woke up at 3 am"

   
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cassie200088 November 2, 2016

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"Day 5. So far so good. Sleeping all night and pain reduction. 600 mg at night. Titration to get up to most effective levels. Still have my doubts."

Gaxx53 October 23, 2016

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"I have been using 150 mg of trazodone together with 300 mg of gabapentin. Able to sleep most of the time straight through for 6-7 hours with little after effects next day. After suffering with chronic insomnia for over 40 years this is pretty good. Helping me to get off of regular use of ambien and xanax."

   
8.0

statusquobuster (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2016

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