User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Insomnia
"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."
Hypothyroid-ADDer (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 2, 2017
3 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
kabibble (taken for less than 1 month) September 24, 2017
0 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
johnslovingwife (taken for less than 1 month) September 17, 2017
3 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
HappyHanna (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 10, 2017
28 users found this comment helpful.
"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?"
Timone (taken for less than 1 month) August 6, 2017
5 users found this comment helpful.
"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
8 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Kelley80128 (taken for less than 1 month) May 11, 2017
16 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Doubt it (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 20, 2017
35 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Mdd1979 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 22, 2017
31 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
ecga (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 31, 2017
39 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
Kimber D. (taken for less than 1 month) December 14, 2016
24 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
westmauiguy (taken for less than 1 month) December 13, 2016
27 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
RiosRican December 5, 2016
13 users found this comment helpful.
"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
52 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Wakey wake (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 9, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"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"
cassie200088 November 2, 2016
39 users found this comment helpful.
"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
12 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
statusquobuster (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2016
32 users found this comment helpful.
"Originally I was prescribed this and Meloxicam as a two-pronged approach for pain, and it has reduced my opioid dosages. Let's say my pain management doctor had me on levels greater than given to cancer patients. When my PM increased it to that level, my primary took over. First I was taking Gabapentin 200mg 3x. However, still having sleep issues. She sent me to a neurologist and she changed how I take it, kept the dosage. Now, I take 200mg at noon, and 400mg two hours before I go to sleep. What a difference it made. And it still helps with pain management as it was originally prescribed. Due soon for an increase. It helped reduce my opioid dosage."
GMFlorida September 23, 2016
26 users found this comment helpful.
"Was prescribed gabapentin for general anxiety and also to help deal with an exceptionally stressful living situation. Only take 600 mg. later in the day and most definitely am able to comfortably relax in a way I wasn't always able to. Did notice kind of a "swimmy" spaced out feeling and not always able to keep an even keel while walking. But I'm willing to accept that because I greatly appreciate the peace of mind it affords me."
Suzinne (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 14, 2016
51 users found this comment helpful.
"I'm going to echo what most of the other posters her have said and say that Gabapentin can be effective for insomnia, but with a few caveats. I was prescribed 300mg/night by my doctor to help with insomnia induced by opiate withdrawals after recovering from surgery, and on the first few nights it seemed to work reasonably well. However, I did notice that my tolerance to its sedating effects built up rapidly, and by night 4 on 300mg my insomnia reared its stubborn head again. By night 6 I was determined to sleep well, so I upped my dose to 600mg. The result was the first solid 8 hour block of sleep I've had in over a month, but after only two nights of quality rest, I woke up at 2:30am again today. So, beware tolerance build-up!"
Mark1987 July 22, 2016
34 users found this comment helpful.
"Zolpidem (Ambien) plus melatonin didn't work very well. I had pain from various conditions, and 5-10 mg of hydrocodone (Norco) helped with the pain, but I don't want to be on narcotics the rest of my life. I tried GABA to help out, at the advice of my sleep doctor. At 600 mg each night, the GABA had no effect at all, so I discontinued usage. Now, however, another doctor has said maybe my dose should be higher, so I've taken 1200 mg each night. Very strong effect at that level and I slept 9 1/2 hours! However, it took a while before it had any effect, and it left me groggy and dizzy the next morning. Next, I'm going to take 1200 mg at 7 pm instead of 9pm. I suspect that after a few weeks at this dosage, I'm going to become accustomed to it."
Ricky419 June 3, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed GABA by my doctor for insomnia. I find it does help to keep me asleep once I get there. I agree it doesn't put me right to sleep however I find that it does allow me to relax my brain and body so they're not going 100 miles an hour which then allows me to fall asleep. I was told to only take it if I had 7 or 8 hours dedicated for sleep so what I found was this. When I take it and am allowed to sleep a full 8 hours before getting up I feel great in the morning. If I take it and have to get up in 6 hours I'm disoriented in the morning and vision is blurry. So with that being said and knowing it takes a couple hours to fall asleep after taking this I've learned my time table of when I take it where I get the best results."
True Believer (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 20, 2016
57 users found this comment helpful.
"I was taking duloxetine for my anxiety but because of some remaining anxiety, I became an extremely light sleeper and would only get about 2 hrs a night. Gabapentin was very much my savior and I now wake up once a night at most. And best, I wake up at 6AM extremely well rested."
Anonymous May 8, 2016
52 users found this comment helpful.
"This is my 3rd night of taking this. I went to my doctor because my depression and anxiety had come back full-force. I hadn't eaten hardly anything in 3 weeks and couldn't sleep but 3 hours a night. I was a walking zombie! She prescribed a SSRI and this and I have slept like a baby on 300 mgs a night plus melatonin. My anxiety has gone down at least 60% in two days and my depression has already lightened up - although that will take much longer but just getting some decent sleep undisturbed had really helped! A great side effect of this is that I used to have to get up 5 or 6 times a night to go to the bathroom and now I get up maybe once a night! What a relief!"
Eashon May 7, 2016
63 users found this comment helpful.
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