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User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain (Page 13)

Also known as: Neurontin, Gralise, Gabarone, Fanatrex

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

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6.3/10 Average Rating
320 ratings from 343 user reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin

Anonymous November 24, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I took Neurontin (Gabapentin) for three months as a treatment for chronic pain following a herniated lumbar disc a year and a half ago. Anti-inflammatories and other medicines such as Oxycodone, Tramadol, etc. had minimal effect. After increasing my dosage over the course of three weeks, Neurontin completely eliminated the pain. However, I gained weight rapidly (nearly 20 pounds in 2 months), retained a tremendous amount of water, to the point where my jewelry wouldn't fit and my shoes were very tight, and the constipation was awful and even laxatives didn't help. Also, I was fatigued all the time. Unfortunately, the side effects were just too much for me. I still haven't found a good replacement medicine for the pain. All the side effects!”

5 / 10
rk58 November 10, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “After spinal cord injury and fractured vertebrae (T10) in 05', I had rods inserted to hold spine together and repair spinal cord. After long stay in hospital and rehab facility in Adelaide, Australia I was prescribed Oxynorm and MS Contin for the pain. But as this did not relieve the nerve pain in my legs (okay for back) I was put on to Neurontin 300mg. I've since had to increase my dosage to 1200mg x 3 times per day. I've found Neurontin amazing for the nerve pain. I've had a few side effects (minor). I'm still taking the opiates still but hopefully will be able to ween off them in the not to distant future and see if just the Neurontin will be able handle all of the pain.”

9 / 10
GPC November 6, 2009

“Before starting the gabapentin I was in non-stop excruciating pain. Now I am able to function at a close to normal rate. It may not have stopped the pain but it did get it under control. I never could have made it a single day in physical therapy without it!”

8 / 10
Anonymous October 19, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I take it for my nerve pain and it helps tremendously. I usually don't have to take any pain pills due to it anymore. I also take it for migraine prevention. I have not noticed much of a difference yet with that, but works great for nerve pain.”

8 / 10
capper October 9, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I have herniated disc as well as severe arthritis in my shoulders and arms. I have had many days of severe pain and restless nights, very painful mornings while being on many different narcotics that didn't help very much. After starting Neurontin the pain has almost completely gone. I am still on Roxicodone but the Neurontin has made all the difference in the world. I can raise my arms above my head, something I haven't done in months. It does make me a little sleepy but I am sure that will go away, I have only been taking it for a week now. My opinion it to take it at night, everyone needs a good night sleep anyway. It is great for me.”

10 / 10
Anonymous October 4, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “This stuff is great for nerve pain. I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back and 1 in my neck along with a pinched nerve. It takes away my neck pain when narcotic pain relievers and muscle relaxers combined didn't. Taking it alone causes drowsiness. ”

9 / 10
Anonymous October 3, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I have been taking Gabapentin the generic for Neurontin for about three years. I am having really dramatically disturbing dreams about all of my dead relatives. This is really disturbing me. I have had all tests possible on my neck and back. I have had one surgery on my neck and am waiting on another surgery on it. They keep giving me injections I am sure just to pass time. The injections have done nothing for me. Neither did the RFS (Radio Frequency Stimulation) for carterizing the nerve endings. They now have me on Skelaxin as well but there is no difference. This has been going on for six years after an accident at work. ”

4 / 10
denisesworld September 28, 2009

“Good for nerve damage.”

8 / 10
broken dad September 25, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I have been taking Neurontin now for 2 years for nerve pain associated with paralysis if my right leg. I now take 300mg 3 times a day and honestly don't think it does anything at all. I also take 30mg of morphine 3 times a day not to mention a handful of muscle relaxers as needed. If you truly have pain the only thing that works is oxycontin combined with morphine. My advice is to take care of your body and 2 stay off of 4 wheelers that run over 100mph because when you crash you will brake and end up with a crappy life like mine.”

1 / 10
Acanthus September 23, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I just started taking 100 mg twice a day five days ago. I have degenerative joint disease, osteopenia, arthritis, etc. Mainly, my neck and hips just kill me! Sometimes I can't get to sleep, sometimes I wake up feeling absolutely pitiful. I've only been taking ibuprofen 600 mg 3 x day. Since starting the gabapentin (ALSO started effexor same day) I am able to sleep and it doesn't hurt all the time. I am sleepy a lot. It's worth it not to hurt.”

8 / 10
Anonymous September 22, 2009

“This medication relieved my pain while detoxing off of methadone (was taking it for degenerative disc). However, I did have significant side effects. The most problematic were really bad double vision and am still experiencing a foul smell (which is getting better) over time.”

9 / 10
duckfeet September 21, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “It is prescribed to my father-in-law because he lost his legs in a fire. He has phantom pain and he was given Neurontin. It doesn't really help his pain.”

1 / 10
jessetheroan September 16, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “After the timing of using this medication is adjusted correctly (activation time for myself takes 2 hours for peak performance), it has helped allow me to sleep, and to take away the pain caused by nerve damage. Though it was not meant for it, it has also helped with chronic back pain, and pain in my hands. A fairly effective drug. Please understand that my use of this drug is not related to seizures, and so I cannot comment on it's effectiveness in that particular field.”

9 / 10
Anonymous September 4, 2009

“I find it doesn't give me much relief for my pain in my foot as I have a burning pain on my heal 24/7 for at least 6 months. I am already an amputee in one leg.”

8 / 10
joe69 September 2, 2009

“For nerve pain/damage, this is BETTER than narcotics and tramadol. For almost any other kind of pain it does little but I suggest you try it if you have any kind of spinal problem. I apparently have some kind of lesion or scarring after a badly herniated L5/S1, experience zaps and soreness in my low back and legs, and take 900mg/day three times a day and it is a miracle that this medication performs as well as it does. Great stuff.”

9 / 10
drolds1971 August 27, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “Couldn't sleep at night because of back pain, doctor gave me these along with regular pain medicines. Besides being a little over weight, I'm as healthy as a horse. These gave me the best nights sleep of my life. I couldn't lift my arms and just felt as relaxed as I have ever been in my life! Didn't feel groggy in the morning, totally awesome! I don't take them EVERY night as prescribed, but after living with this pain for so long, I know when there is going to be a bad night (say, after mowing the lawn). I take one before bedtime and VIOLA! I have a great nights sleep and still feel awesome in the morning! It's a miracle drug!”

10 / 10
Anonymous August 16, 2009

“I have been taking this medication for nerve pain in my leg. I have a ruptured disc in my back which is causing me severe nerve pain down my leg. Pain medicines do not work on me so I had been suffering for awhile. No sleep and lots of pain. Not good! My doctor put me on this medicine and I can now function better. I have gotten much needed sleep and overall feel a little better. There are side effects though. I would stay very groggy and would lose some fine motor skills for quite awhile after waking up in the morning. I found that if I lessened the dose the effects were much less. I do have more pain throughout the day but I am more alert and functional. I think the drug has helped me a lot.”

8 / 10
Sharon k August 15, 2009

“I have been taking this medication at a prescribed dose of 3200mg a day. I have now had to come off it as the side effects I have had were quite severe. Vomiting, headaches, dizziness, lack of sleep, very moody to name a few.”

1 / 10
Anonymous July 25, 2009

“My husband has suffered 4 months from severe chest pain brought on from spinal stenosis. Tried Hydromorphone every 4 hours. Now on this drug his head is clearer. He can handle breakthrough pain with just extra strength Tylenol on demand.”

Anonymous July 17, 2009

“I've been on this medicine for about two weeks. I haven't noticed any significant change. It does however make me sleep well at night. I do have upset stomach, really strange dreams, and some acne (which I hardly ever do). These are the only complaints I have about the drug. It hasn't worked great for my back pain but my stepmom takes it and I know it works great for her fibromyalgia.”

5 / 10
chronic pain July 10, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “Although it helps with my RSD pain, it still has adverse side effects such as weight gain and large doses seem to affect the gastric system.”

9 / 10
colleen1234 June 21, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I have tried this drug 2 separate times in a 6 month period and it did not help. It made me extremely tired for the entire time. I had a very active 2 year old at the time. It would be better prescribed as a sleeping or calming pill but I suppose it depends on the individual needs.”

2 / 10
Birder26 June 6, 2009

Neurontin (gabapentin): “I suffered with spinal stenosis and sciatica in my right leg for years. I tried pain pills, spinal cortisone injections, acupuncture, to no avail. About a week after I started gabapentin 3 times a day, the pain was better. Eventually I was pain-free. Side effects were minor for me.”

Anonymous May 13, 2009

“I have had a constant burning from the middle of my butt down to behind my knee for the last 8 months, my doctor finally gave me this, and the burning feeling went from about a 9 to a 2 overnight. I would recommend this to anyone who suffers this kind of pain.”

10 / 10
josh2mom April 20, 2009

“ I have nerve damage, left upper leg numb and very painful. Lighting strikes and muscle contracts. It relieves a little - but hasn't made my life better because I sleep all the time with pain.”

1 / 10