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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

6.7/10 Average Rating

223 Ratings with 178 User Reviews

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"Just started gabapentin today, still have leg pain but I guess I need to give it a chance. A few hours after taking I had zero energy and felt kinda like a limp spaghetti noodle. Sort of a blah feeling but I will try another tomorrow. Think I will take it a little later , maybe I can sleep through the blah stage."

   
3.0

Angelbaby1965 (taken for less than 1 month) July 15, 2016

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"I am on a low dose now and have gotten no relief from knee pain. My pain is caused by bone on bone."

   
1.0

bps July 6, 2016

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"I have secondary progressive ms and was prescribed 300mg 3 X per day for severe burning sensation. The first week was fantastic no discomfort which really helped with my ability to walk and energy levels. Then gradually over a period of 2 weeks the pain returned. I was then upped to 1200mg per day with no improvement. Then upped gradually over a period of a year to 3600mg per day with absolutely no improvement of pain. 3 months ago I decided I was not going to take this drug any more as it was useless. After much reading I decided the best course was to taper off 300mg every week until I was on nothing. I am now down to 600 mg per day and over the next two weeks plan to totally stop. I have had no major side effects and still have pain."

   
1.0

Gillinda July 4, 2016

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"Was taking 2x 5mg Norco per day. They gave some relief for my sciatica. Muscle relaxers did nothing but make me tired. This stuff did wonders! I felt noticeable relief from the first 300mg pill! I take three a day and take a single 5mg Norco if I know I am going to do something that will irritate it. I can now take long walks, garden, and exercise normally. Doesn't make it go away completely, but makes it bearable with an occasional back stretch. Hopefully, I can now lose weight easier. I am a big guy. I'm 6' 2", used to weigh 250 and bench 360. Now I am overweight and weigh 350 and bench 250. I hope to lose 80-100 lbs and see how the old spinal disks do then. On the downside, it makes you feel a little weird, especially at first."

   
9.0

Kenyth June 10, 2016

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"The drug from hell. Was on 300 mg for 3 wks for scoliosis pain, they quit working so Doc upped the dose to 900 a day. Got such horrible chest pains I thought I was having a heart attack. Thank God they were gas pains, but now I am weaning off and will never touch this garbage again!"

   
1.0

Meeshas Mom (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 4, 2016

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"I am a 20 year chronic pain survivor. I tried this med years ago after anterior and posterior spinal fusion of L1-S1 it made me dopey, sleepy, and confused. I am write this review because my mom was recently hospitalized with severe sciatic pain, a week after failed injections the "pain specialist" felt this was the best route for her pain. she is 68 yo and sharp as a tack. I watched her all week get more and more short term memory loss, confusion, loss of words! basically symptoms of early Alzheimer's which there is no history of. there has been no pain relief to speak of. I am demanding they stop this nightmare tomorrow. I have read several other blogs that people are have the same issues and they are 30 years younger."

   
1.0

mama's girl (taken for less than 1 month) May 23, 2016

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"I jammed my hip about 6 weeks ago. It had been sore and hurting, but starting 10 days ago the sciatic pain was running down my right leg constantly. I was eating Aleve and Advil. Heat did not help. Ice did not help. I could barely walk. I even had to take a day off work because I could not get in a comfortable position. My doctor gave me a steroid shot and had no effect on the pain. I had taken Gabapentin before when I had a pinched nerve in my neck from a car accident and the pain was running down my are. I called my doctor yesterday and asked him if he would call me some in. He did. 100mg, 3 times per day. I can already tell a difference. The shooting, stabbing pain running down my leg through my foot has subsided."

   
9.0

Legal Assistant (taken for less than 1 month) May 17, 2016

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"Works ok for my degenerative back joint disease. Only problem I have is headaches, but ibuprofen takes care of that. Slight manageable dizziness and blurred vision. I Take about 1800 mg per day. Eat a lot too!!!"

   
9.0

MiNDRiOTS (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 16, 2016

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"I had ongoing pain in my right leg due to stenosis, a cyst on my spine, and a number of issues with my lower vertebrae. I first went to a chiropractor but that didn't help. Had two injections at a pain clinic with very limited results. Went to a spine clinic and the doctor prescribed gabapentin. Went from one 300mg a day to three as prescribed. I have found much relief and have had some good nights of sleep after months of pain at night. I have not had the side effects described here except it took a couple of times to discover that my tolerance for alcohol is greatly reduced. That may not be a bad thing. I still have a lot of numbness and pain if I walk too far or stand too long but at least I can sleep at night ."

   
9.0

Donson May 7, 2016

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"I've been on it for 1 week now suffering from bad sciatic pain caused by a herniated disc S1-L5. I was taking 6-8 ibuprofen a day and was still in pain. With only the entry dose of 1 300mg a day and 2 ibuprophen a day I can function almost normally until this disc heals...absolutely amazing medication. I won't don't plan to ramp up to the 900mg a day, getting great results with the 300. I was a little fuzzy the first day, but fine after that."

   
10

Longnokr (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2016

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"I have been taking gabapentin for about 6 years now. I have 2 collapsed discs in my sacroid spine which have been causing chronic pain for 9 years . I take 500mg 3 times a day but can increase it when the pain becomes unbearable. On the higher doses I do get drowsy, but in my normal dose it doesn't affect me. It just helps reduce the nerve pain. The only side effect I get is a dry mouth. At the moment I am suffering from shingles and it is a godsend. I have had shingles previously and wasn't taking gabapentin at the time and the neuropathy pain was awful. I also find it helps a bit with my fibromyalgia."

   
9.0

Mummymozzie (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 30, 2016

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"Works fantastic! I have a bulged disc along with sciatica.Also I have nerve damage in my neck and shoulder. It helps greatly reduce the pain, and allows me much more mobility."

   
9.0

D1111D April 26, 2016

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"Very bad pain both of my sides and lower back.. I had dry mouth all night. . No matter what I took for dry mouth. . I was taking this drug for back pain.. once I started using it my pain increase 10 fold.."

Bcairo (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 23, 2016

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"Old lower back injury that flares up every few years. New doc prescribed gabapentin, 100mg, 1 or 2 tablets depending on pain level. Gabapentin made me nauseous, anxious, and totally decreased my ability to think coherently. That was only one pill. I don't know how anyone can function on this. Awful!"

   
1.0

Able1 (taken for less than 1 month) April 23, 2016

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"Just started taking 300 mg of gabapentin and it's not working I take 10 mg norco plus 500 mg naproxen along with 300 mg of gabapentin 3 times a day it's only been a week I'm wondering how long does it take to get in my system I can't take much more!"

   
1.0

Bai (taken for less than 1 month) April 6, 2016

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"I had heart palpations from this stuff...I told my PCP that I was having problems with it and they tripled my dosage...I had a heart attack a week later...they discontinued it...it does nothing for pain...at least for me..."

   
1.0

abe1979 April 2, 2016

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"This medication was prescribed to me by my psychiatrist for thr chronic pain I suffer from in my legs and lower back. He doesn't prescribe opiates in his scope of practice but still wanted to help me out. This drug takes awhile to kick in. It's very unfortunate especially when you have pain that needs to be relieved ASAP. Everytime I take this pill it makes me feel emotional and physically impaired as if I had a drink. It helps a bit for my restless legs but for pain it really doesn't do anything. It definitsly does not relieve anxiety or panic disorder. Keep in mind I am still on a low dose of 200 Mg per day but my PCP wanted to increase it to 300 Mg three times a day, which I disagreed with. It's not effective for pain and anxiety for me."

   
3.0

Lcowan7 March 25, 2016

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"Been dealing with sciatica for 5 months. 1st 3 months were insane pain, couldnt even dress myself. Here is my med issue: Degenerative disks at L5 S1 and minor at S1 S2, 6mm herniation inside left side at L5 S1 Gongenital spinal stenosis from L5 down This has caused a lot of pressure on my sciatic nerve and severe pain down my entire left leg, mostly at the hip but moves around. I started with Norco...it was not even as good as ibuprofin for the pain. Stopped after a week Next was tramadol...same results as norco, barely any relief Then started naproxin and gabapentin. Pain was reduced by 80-90%. Stopped the naproxin due to potentially very bad side effects. Stayed on gabapentin, same reduction in pain. Gabapentin works!!!!"

   
8.0

Sooprvylyn (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 24, 2016

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"Took for knee pain, started with 100 mg and increased every 2 days 100 mg to 1500 mg, Knees hurt much more on med. Had ankle swelling. Within 7 days of stopping knees felt much better and swelling was gone."

IDP (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 14, 2016

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"I absolutely wouldn't survive without my gabapentin. However, I'm finding that anytime I miss a dose (3-800s a day) that I have bouts of rls for a few days. Anyone else have this issue. Mind u, to my knowledge, I never had rls before. I'm pretty sure this medication causes it to happen for me. But idk, I'm not finding many ppl online with the same problem. Can someone say if they are. I'm 30, so medications like this has only been going on for 5 or so years. I have too many issues to list by the biggest r all but one vertibrate that are both deteriorated and herniated. And, I have a psudeo tumor of the brain (lots of spinal fluid build up, not yet fixed at all). D.j.d. and also a bad case of r.a. as well. Thanks"

   
9.0

meghan-help please March 9, 2016

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"I took Gabapentin for 7 months. It did nothing to help the sciatic pain. I kept hoping it would eventually help the pain but the side effects and getting lost and confused in a familiar place that made me quit taking it. I also experienced garbled speech and balance issues. I weened myself off of it after talking to my doctor. I was having severe memory problems also and hope it gets better."

   
1.0

logonre March 6, 2016

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"I have been taking 16 years. I take 800 mg 4 times a day. The meds work Great. I am able to do most things. I am 52 and have had 7 hip replacements. About two years ago I started having tooth problems. I discovered major gum recession. Yesterday I had my first round of skin graphs. The doctor knew it was from Neurotin. He has had several patients having taken as little as 2 months to me 16 years. The doctor originally thought I needed 3 grafts. I only had enough to graph two. Three months from today I have to do two more grafts. Had I known this I would of never taken Neurotin."

   
10

RalphBoz March 2, 2016

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"For 5 years I had severe constant pain from arthritis around my right collar bone pressing nerves. Along that journey, I had a nerve ablation done on my C3-C4-C5 vertebrae that helped a pinched nerve there. Finally found a pain specialist who put me on Gabapentin Nortriptyline (usually for depression). Gabapentin alone did nothing. He convinced me the 25mg Nortriptyline is a tiny dose but works great with the Gabapentin. He was right. Immediate relieve. After surprise surgery for a perforated sm intestine, had to hold off all Rx's while in the hospital. Then started lightening bolts of Siatica nerve pain down right leg. EGAD. Back home, restarted Gaba and Nortrip - Siatica all better. Wow!"

   
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Aunt Debbie (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 10, 2016

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"For over 6 months severe pain from diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy - constant 6 to 9 in almost every major joint in the body - shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, feet - except right hip - 3.... not helped at all by musculoskeletal pain killers. Gabapentin at 900 mg halved those pain levels ... but increased legs edema by 10% and scales weight by 2kg, and added lower back pain stenosis at 8 - discovered that liquid morphine sorted that out. Even if back not sorted it would still have been wonderful just to have a change in what hurt."

   
8.0

thomasruss4 (taken for less than 1 month) February 2, 2016

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"I started gabapentin last night; although it was prescribed a week ago. I have very serious allergies and even though the doctor cleared the medicine, I was afraid to have a reaction. I was/am also afraid of the side effects. I am still trying to lose weight after a full thyroidectomy so I don't want to gain anything else. Anyway I was prescribed this for intractable migraines. I took my first 300 mg pill last night as the neck pain I experience prior to some migraines, was riding up the back of my neck. I swear the pain diminished in less than 5 minutes. I did not expect that...weird. Tonight I felt the same pain so I took the pill as scheduled. Again the pain lessened. I had no migraine today so that is amazing for me. So far so good."

   
6.0

Mrs. Ali February 2, 2016

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