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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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6.5/10 Average Rating
312 Ratings with 271 User Reviews

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"I was on Gabapentin (2700mg/day) for not quite a year, due to post stroke nerve pain. Gabapentin made me lethargic and foggy headed, but did not alleviate any pain. Tramadol, did not alleviate any pain either. Neither Gabapentin nor Tramadol proved to be beneficial for me."

   
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Jenni (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 31, 2018

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"I had a work place accident & have nerve damage, They started me on different meds then put me on OxyContin 160mg a day over 10 years every three months it was upped TIL I was taking 1000mg a day. I would wake up in the morning & I had pain all over my body, migraines if missed a dose even half hour, I would be in withdrawal, suffer from depression. So the next time I saw the doctor I told him my pain is getting worse by the months & was getting more depressed, to the point I didn’t even want to live like this anymore. So we decided to get me of this terrible drug, he applied to get me into treatment. It took a year & a half to get in, meanwhile we started to weaned me off the drug 20 mg every three months, then I got a call to the rehab in Montreal, they took all my meds Away & put me on methadone & lowered it every day for four weeks, & then put me on Gabapentin 300mg 3 times a day, along with a TENS unit ."

   
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Zipthekid February 24, 2018

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"I was shot in Vietnam in 1968 in the left shoulder, since then I have had 4 major operations on my shoulder and two on my back (bulging disks) and collapsed disk. I am on a package of Methadone, Neurontin and Codeine with paracetamol for my chronic pain. Stopping just one of them causes all sorts of trouble with both pain and mobility, so much so that each time I try and reduce one of the package I get into all sorts of complications: symptoms of gout, lower back pain, weakness in legs, etc etc. I have been on Neurontin now for 3 years and I lead a normal life for a 71 year old veteran. This medication is paid for by Veterans' Affairs."

   
6.0

Vietnam Veteran February 15, 2018

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"pain gone, but stomach issues"

   
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pechorin (taken for less than 1 month) February 7, 2018

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"I have been on Tramadol for a number of years, and am coming off gradually, whilst taking gabapentin I have spinal stenosis and leg pain, which is ruining my life. I am having bad dark dreams and wake with a headache, my nose and roof of my mouth are painful and are very drowsy in the morning."

   
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Lucy lou February 3, 2018

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"I have a slipped disk and expierence severe nerve pain going down my leg to my foot. The pain can be crippling. I have had epidural, facet blocks etc. The Gabapentin helped more than anything!! I haven't experienced any side effects. Not sure what I would do without it."

   
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Trimmer67 February 3, 2018

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"I was prescribed this medication by my Dr for pain. It does not work at all. I do not suffer from nerve pain but post op pain after knee replacement surgery. Doctors in general are very quick to prescribe anything that is not an opiate. If it does not help then why prescribe it? The Dr did not listen to what I had to say so it is no surprise the medication he gave me was ineffective."

   
1.0

Mallory1114 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 29, 2018

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"I've been on this drug for 3 months or so. A max dose 1800 a day for 2 months. I take it for MS. I don't know if it's the gabinpentin or the MS causing the increase in symptoms. I'm really disoriented, and vision problems, and sore throat and neck pressure. The last two problems could be the mono I've been fighting for 6 months. I'm tapering the medicine today as a test. If my symptoms improve... I will get off the gabinpentin for now. Until I get in to see my neurologist, this and prednisone is all I have to help with pain."

   
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Coffeeattack (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 31, 2017

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"Was prescribed 300 mg twice a day for pain. I stop taking for several months and then start taking it again and noticed that I didn’t get leg cramps at night when I was taking it. Now I take it just for leg cramps at night. I was getting almost every night now maybe once a month ."

   
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BigTandy December 30, 2017

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"Had the WORST headaches after concussion. Neuro finally prescribed Gabapentin. After steroid shots in my neck, prednisone orally. Nothing worked until Gabapentin. Thank God for it. It’s just that I have leg pains now."

   
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Emilir (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 29, 2017

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"I broke my wrist a year ago. It was bad both wrist bones displaced! This was caused by my abuser pushing me as hard as he could. Anyway, it was, as now, the holidays, so had to be in a cast a total of 10 weeks. After months of therapy, and continuous pain, I was sent to pain specialist. He prescribed gabapentin and Traminol. I could not stomach the traminol but found the gabapentin did help with the dead aching feeling I was left with and still do in my arm and wrist. I would like to stop taking but if I go to long , the pain is unbearable. I feel the loss of memory, lethargic, lost, foggy feelings taking it though, and I hate it! And the depression! I don't know what to do.. Many specialist, ??"

Te girl (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 19, 2017

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"I have degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, horrible arthritis. I was in the kind of pain that really made me want to end it all. Went to a neurologist and was prescribed gabapentin. Took about a week to get the dose right but when it kicked in it was like a miracle! I now function as if I have no physical problems. I can exercise, work, and live my life normally. I know it works differently for different people but I have no side effects. It works for me."

   
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Suzyinocala (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 17, 2017

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"I have stenosis, scoliosis, arthritis, bone spurs and degenerative spinal disease. Most of my back discs are showing damage of some type. Gabapentin is the ONLY thing that has helped me after years of trying different doctors advice. I have only been on it for 8 weeks and although far from pain free, I can function each day. I occasionally will have a bad day or up to several, but that was caused by something I did physically. I started with one pill a day, adding another each week so the affects were mild. Except for some tiredness, I have no other side affects. This is a lifesaver for me."

nburkey (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 29, 2017

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"My headache started when I had spondylolisthesis at C4, C5. Multiple surgeries anterior fusions and posterior fusion. The pain remained. We used NSAIDS, opiates then added gabapentin starting with 300mg twice daily, eventually going up to 3 grams per day. I was barely able to walk a straight line at that high a dosage. Gabapentin did nothing to help my serious tension headache. We were left with opiates. Nowadays we've discovered I have MOH, Medicine Overuse Headache caused by decades of pain meds. More therapy and careful withdrawal and it's working!"

Johnny B. November 11, 2017

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"I had a severe allergic reaction. I awoke with slight leg pain and my legs felt weak and heavy. It got worse throughout the day. The next morning, I had severe leg pain and struggled to walk. I had to pull my legs into my vehicle. When I informed my pharmacist, she advised to cease gabapentin immediately and to see my doctor. The symptoms improved over a week, less pain and could walk normally. My legs still feel weak and heavy and I get random stabbing leg pain. Last time I took it was 1.5 years ago."

   
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BakerGirl9975 November 5, 2017

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"OK, so I am prone to addiction to drugs that impact the GABA neurotransmitter system--benzos, phenobarbital (all prescribed, BTW). Gabapentin is no different, I am now on a long, slow detox from this nasty stuff. Rare, but not that rare per my detox docs, and a brutal withdrawal-not quite klonopin brutal, but I have better docs now too. IF you have any history of having a hard time getting off alcohol, benzos or other GABA drugs, approach gabapentin and it's cousin Neurontin, with great trepidation."

   
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RJPKelly October 15, 2017

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"Suffer with plantar fasciitis in both feet on a daily basis. Based in London UK."

   
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MariaKB October 12, 2017

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"Not working for my back pain, wonder if I will be able to ask doctor to increase from 100mg. I have been confused which I didn't connect with the tablets. Thanks for your comments, it may help me to stop taking them or increase mg. I cannot sleep with pain, maybe I'll just take at night."

   
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Beno's mum (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 7, 2017

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"I was prescribed gabapentin for severe pain in the cervical spine due to cervical dystonia, cervical facet arthritis, degenerative disk disease, and shoulder trigger points. I was told to start with 300 mg 3X day, and work up to 900 mg 3X day or more. The first week I was told to only take 300 mg per night for a few days to get used to it, and then build up to 900. By the end of the first week I hit 900 per day, which I was supposed to stay on for a week or so and then go up some more. Once I hit 900 mg I became very confused. I couldn't speak correctly (word finding problems) and began to get easily disoriented. I became seriously lost in places I am very familiar with. I never did experience any pain relief."

   
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Cervicalman October 5, 2017

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"This stuff is GARBAGE!! I suffer from endometriosis, sciatica and fibromyalgia. I've been on norco & percocet for the last 15 years, and have completed several rounds of PT. I also take ibuprofen prn. Went to see my new PCP and was rudely told it's time to "let the percocet go." As if I'm a child clinging to my favorite teddy bear lol. She also informed me that my pain is a result of emotional trauma and that I must have had a horribly abusive childhood! A *nurse practitioner* attempting to psycho analyze people! Hahaha!! After taking just 100 mg of gabapentin I had blurry vision and was so lethargic I could not get out of bed for 12 hours straight. It also caused very bad pins and needles in both legs. Avoid this stuff like the plague!!!!"

   
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Slyfox771982 (taken for less than 1 month) October 2, 2017

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"Mom is 98 years old, the Gabapentin Capsules was for her knees pain, 100 mg, twice a day. It did help for her pain relief, however we found she started having bed side effect as dark urine, feeling tire, not hungry, feeling confused at night time, so we decided to stop the medication."

   
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Anonymous September 29, 2017

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"This stuff is garbage. If you have real pain, you might as well take aspirin instead of this. This stuff probably works great for those other nerve pain ailments like fibromyalgia and the like but don't expected it to do anything for other types of chronic pain."

   
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Disappointed with gabapentin September 27, 2017

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"So. I have been diagnosed with a large synovial cyst on my spine, l4 l5 of S1. I have been waiting for 2 weeks for a solution from a neuro surgeon. I have lower back pain, numbness and tingling in my right leg etc. Walking only a little before I sit or lie down Have been taking 50 mg of tramadol 4 x a day. Was also prescribed 300 mg gabapentin at night. Last night, 3rd.dose, Woke up in lots of pain. Any recommendationds?"

Choozie (taken for less than 1 month) September 27, 2017

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"I am still in pain after breaking a bone in my hand over two months ago. It is still broken after one month in plaster. My hand is so swollen, my fingers won't bend. They cannot operate until swelling subsides. My doctor has prescribed 300 mg one a day. I have only taken one tablet."

   
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Hi I'm Ada! (taken for less than 1 month) September 21, 2017

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"I have avascular necrosis and have been taking neurotin for 20 years. 800mg four times a day."

   
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Harold JJ September 2, 2017

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