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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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6.5/10 Average Rating

301 Ratings with 258 User Reviews

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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."

   
2.0

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."

   
3.0

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."

   
9.0

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."

   
1.0

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!!!!"

   
1.0

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."

   
4.0

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."

   
1.0

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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"I have had 5 major maxilofacial operations. The last operations were to insert a new jaw joint which had to come out after 2 years due to severe pain, and within 3 years I had a titanium jaw joint fitted, and sadly this is giving me major problems and the pain is horrendous, I also have a mass of bone sitting behind the new joint which may/may not be causing problems, but I cope. My consultant has advised that I see my GP for pain management before he considers removing this joint and tackle the bone mass. I am on Gabapenthin 300mg x 3 daily - I don't like them or the side effects of sickness, weakness and more pain - I cant afford to be feeling like this. Pain versus tablets wins for me."

casthedog (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 30, 2017

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"Used Gabapentin 300mg 2X/ day(7am and 2pm) and 600mg at bedtime. Helped relieve some pain from herniated discs. 600mg at night occasionally would make me feel "drunk". After using it for a few months and having constant migraine, I stopped use. No more headaches since I stopped using it."

   
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KianaK August 29, 2017

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"I have severe spine damage. t7 t8 and disc in between basically gone, nerve pain unbelievable. I tried lyrica in large dose and no relief. Then one doctor said some meds don't work on some but do on others you just have to get the correct one. So I tried gabapentin and to me it was a life saver, within 3 days the pain was gone or close to gone. 1800 mgs a day ( 6x300mg) plus 40 mg of oxyneo (4x10mg) which is oxycodone time release formula. The pain specialist say maybe more dose needed but I can't function properly. That is my minimum dose even drop 1 pill out of them amounts I can feel the difference in pain. The side effects to me are , tiredness, constipation, memory, blurred vision, moody, seems heat and humid days if outside I get really disoriented so I stay inside"

   
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bubba smith July 31, 2017

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"I started taking gabapatin for severe lower back pain. I have scoliosis . At first it worked . I was told I could increase the dosage up to 1200 mgs I'm now up to 800 mgs. Not only did it stop working I read in depth side effects I'm experiencing memory loss , anxiety and depression which I already suffer from. Personally I don't recommend it for back pain. I personally know 4 people that are prescribed it for back pain 2 stopped taking it because it stopped working. Myself and another person are having the same problem. My best advice ask questions and tell your Dr if you have problems with it or it stops working.I have a call into my Dr. I'm very concerned about the side effects I wasn't told about and I'm in constant pain"

   
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KAynbrown (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 12, 2017

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"I was prescribed gabapentin for lower back pain as a result of spinal stenosis & a bulging disk. I recently had heart surgery to replace the aortic valve in my heart & have to take numerous meds in relation to that. Therefore, the pain doctor was limited in what he could safely prescribe."

   
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great-grandma (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2017

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"This has helped my pain a lot... doctors have said it will only help it if is nerve pain Side effects has been memory gaps but honestly I can handle that better then being in the horrible pain I had I take 2 600 mg pills 3 times a days"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 16, 2017

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"I've been gradually increasing gabapentin dose and now, for a week 200mg three times a day with, unfortunately, not the slightest relief of pain in the legs and lower back. Should I continue use, this is the second sciatica pain relief treatment I've been on. The doctors also said take paracetemol but, again, with no real relief."

   
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Michael Baker (taken for less than 1 month) June 13, 2017

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"My Husband was given this medication due to suffering long term knee pain. He took it for approx 6 weeks max and had to stop. The most awful side effects you can imagine for the whole time blighted him. Maybe he was just unlucky and this med didn't suit him but it's Cons certainly outweighed its Pros in his case. Weight gain Excess gas Dizzyness Nausea Vomiting Diarrhoea Headaches...... Not a good one for him at all. UK Based."

   
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Anonymous June 10, 2017

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"Pros I actually feel the complete opposite from the side effect. Instead of depression or suicidal thoughts I actually feel relieved and more energetic or motivation. Once the medicine kicked in and took the pain away in my spine, I felt so much relief and I was able to get up and start cleaning my house and doing things I had trouble doing before. I think this is a great medicine. Cons I have noticed some weight gain, I have been feeling like I can't get full, I feel like I am always hungry. So I eat and then I am going to go get out and hike more or something to help with that issue. I have noticed some slight memory loss or forgetfulness. Gingko maybe? Lastly I have notice I have constipation and need to use a stool softener."

   
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tasha9043 (taken for less than 1 month) May 30, 2017

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"I have a combination of Trochanteric Bursitis - and/or sciatica nerve pain . My leg was in pain while standing, walking or lying on the affected side. Also I am having tingling and nerve pain in the ankle and foot. I spent 3 months other treatments. Once given Gabapentin - the next day - I didn't not have any more pain. I only take 100mg at night - no other time. No side effects - this is the miracle I've been waiting for! What a relief ! Still getting and MRI on my back - to finalize what is what. Really worth a try."

   
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FSU May 29, 2017

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"I was prescribed this for nerve pain but I also have RLS. Gabapentin is a winner in both areas, unlike some of of the other people taking it I get energy from it. I take 2800 mg a day. I can't say enough good things about it. If I had to only take just one medicine this would be the one for me "

THE HUMAN FORKLIFT May 26, 2017

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"I took 300 mg three times a day after months and months I attempted suicide, spent a few times in the mental ward, and worse, a major loss of sex drive, disfunction. I never had a problem like that before. I stopped taking it and am better now. The side effects went away. Except the sexual drive I'm still working on. Getting better"

   
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christopher A Z (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 25, 2017

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"I think it works great for teeth pain, it works for me. It was terrible for chronic back pain I have degenerated disc, 3 herniated discs that are turn, stenosis, need back surgery and was prescribed gabapenten did not relieve back pain at all."

   
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Mkky (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 25, 2017

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