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User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain (Page 2)

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

Skyla · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 14, 2019

“I was on Gabapentin for over 5 years for pain and anxiety. The withdrawal almost killed me. I'm still suffering months later. I have permanent damage to my bowels due to the fact that it numbed the signal to my brain that I needed to go to the bathroom. I gained significant water weight. I was unable to think clearly and would get lost driving to places I've been many times. It raised my hemoglobin to the point that I had to be hospitalized. I developed sleep apnea. I had 8 central sleep apneas in 30 minutes. I stopped breathing over 60 times an hour. This was all on less than 300 mg. I now lost 28 pounds, underweight and was unable to eat due to withdrawal. My doctor said it can take up to one year for the effects to wear off. I pray it does not last that long. This is a dangerous drug that is given out like candy.”

1 / 10
Elle6 · Taken for 10 years or more October 13, 2019

“I have taken Gabapentin for almost ten years for sciatic nerve pain. It works amazingly well for me. I take one 100mg capsule at bedtime. I sleep well, and I do not feel any sciatic pain. My internist has told me that I can take two capsules, but I have not needed to do this. I have not experienced any side effects from Gabapentin, although a friend of mine stopped taking it because it made her feel as though she were in a fog. I am grateful that this medication works for me.”

10 / 10
Beautymommy22 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 9, 2019

“I've taken gabapentin for a few years now and have always enjoyed it, as it has improved the pain I feel, greatly. However, recently it has started giving me leg and joint pain. Particularly in my hips, back, and legs. It's strange, as it's not an all the time occurrence. But it happens frequently enough that many days I don't want to take it. I thought there was something wrong until I read the side effects and started connecting the dots. It's a shame.”

9 / 10
Mol October 3, 2019

“I experienced an extensive DVT in my left leg 10 yrs ago. It caused permanent nerve damage. As full feeling returned to my leg, it also increased my pain level. Doctor started my Gabapentin. Started low with 300mg capsules at night. Over the years it has increased to 3-4 times per day. The colder weather causes more pain. The first year I had the light headed feeling, unsteadiness, blurry eyes, sluggish at times, but the pain was was a blessing. I now take them and no funny feelings.”

10 / 10
Mickybumbatz · Taken for less than 1 month September 25, 2019

“After 6 months on crutches and now with a cane I started just gabapentin this week and feel a remarkable, it is a welcome improvement My pain gone but seemingly still cannot walk properly without cane”

8 / 10
Vonnie · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 8, 2019

“Have a bulging disk. I had surgery then after a week the symptoms returned with pain. Another MRI showed ruptured and bulging disk again , Gabapentin dosage was raised and resume 1st Injection into the nerves by my spine. I am able to walk better for a distance with less pain, Gaba truly helped me.”

9 / 10
Peg September 2, 2019

“I started having sciatica months ago and was in a lot of pain on my lower back shooting down to my left calf. Morning was the worst and my husband had to lift me up from the floor. I was maxing out my Advil and Tylenol at that time. Tramacet worked but my job requires a lot of driving and I was too drowsy from tramacet. My GP decided to put me on Gabapentin 100mg at night and told me to move it up to 300mg. It didn’t work on me for the first 3 nights for pain but put me to sleep very well. I also noticed I was extremely relaxed. Then at around a week, I noticed a big difference in my sciatic pain. It was down to just 50% of the pain. I was elated. After 2 weeks of taking Gabapentin, my sciatic pain was almost all gone except with some occasional tingling and numbness on my left foot. I am on 300mg at night and naproxen 250mg twice a day. I didn’t get the side effects like other people did and feel very calm and relaxed all the time. Gabapentin works perfect for me.”

10 / 10
Kay August 24, 2019

“I was first put on Gabapentin 300 mg last year, 5-18-2018 for the pain of my osteoarthritis. Till January 2019 I thought it worked great, except.. putting 30 pounds on, and severe dry mouth. I also take nortriptyline for antidepressants. I had to 6 cavities filled in my teeth from the dry mouth so bad at night. Got off, and Dr put me Tylenol and ibuprofen 800 mg. Three times a day. Work a little at first. Then nothing. So I have lost the extra weight. Gonna try it again. It works great for my pain. I have made a life style change with food. No pasta, no breads and no snacks. Except once a week to reward myself. Also have a night time mouth rinse to help with dry mouth. The pain in my body with osteoarthritis is horrible. There isn't an hour of the day I have pain running through my body. Pins and needle feeling in feet, my back hurts. Pain runs through my body all day... It's so sad, I'm only 43, and going through perimenopause.”

9 / 10
Japanese August 19, 2019

“I have degenerative disk disease, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, 3 herniated disks in my lumbar spine and one herniated disk in my cervical spine. Osteoarthritis, ankylosis spondylosis, I’m permanently in pain. I was on tramadol for about ten years. I am now being told by my new pain management Dr that I don’t need to be on so much pain medication (350 milligrams a day) so he decided to take me off of it. I went though a tough time coming off of the tramadol. The pain management DR upped the Gabapentin up to 2400 milligrams a day. It does not help control my pain. I sit in my recliner constantly shifting my sitting position from one side to the other unable to find a position that will not hurt me after a few minutes. My pain management DR then told me my only option is surgery. It really feels like he is trying to force me to have surgery. Unfortunately there is no guarantee that I’ll be ok after the surgery.”

3 / 10
Zwick · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 17, 2019

“The Gabapentin did help with my nerve pain, however the side effects were not worth it. For 6 months I was in a mental fog, forgetting everything. I demanded off of it since I the side effects were out weighing the pain. I also had increased hunger as well. I'm now trying other options that do not block the happy chemicals of the brain.”

5 / 10
Pained Person · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 13, 2019

“This garbage gabapentin works when it wants to. I have a wound on the back of my leg. I was given this for the nerve pain. Sometimes, it takes till the next dose for it to touch the pain. Right now, I’m not asleep because the pain is too much. The don’t want to give me real pain pills because everybody is obviously just a junkie, looking for a fix. Their only answer is MORE GABAPENTIN. And Tylenol or Motrin, which have never worked for me.”

3 / 10
Sharon · Taken for less than 1 month July 31, 2019

“I've been on Ultracet (Tramadol and Tylenol) for 20 years for extreme, unrelenting nerve and muscle pain. Because the US swings from one extreme to the other extreme, the "opioid epidemic" and forced tapering for All people- most especially chronic pain patients, has caused a great deal more of suffering. No problems at all and effective pain relief from brand Ultracet. But the morons are pimping Gabapentin to pain patients and even dogs/cats by veterinarians as a "replacement" for critical meds like Ultracet (and the real narcotics). Someone's making big money pushing useless Gabapentin on people and animals in pain. Useless at best, bizarre and scary psychiatric problems at worse. Avoid this medication. Gabapentin has an array of it's own very serious problems and so best to avoid.”

1 / 10
Buster420 June 13, 2019

“I have a spinal C4 to C7 Fusion with permanent nerve damage down left arm pain nerve pain that does absolutely nothing even at high dosage.”

1 / 10
Jinny · Taken for less than 1 month June 12, 2019

“So I just took my first pill this morning and slept for two hours already. I was given gabapentin for back pain but I’ve been drinking wine heavily almost every day for a number of years and find come evening I crave for a drink. I’ve read some really good stories of how it’s helped people with alcoholism so maybe there is hope for me yet”

Oellen · Taken for less than 1 month May 28, 2019

“I had severe back spasms and a pinched nerve, which landed me in the ER. The doctor there prescribed gabapentin. It did NOTHING for the pain. I was in agony for two days until I could get in touch with my regular doctor, who prescribed tramadol, which worked. Gabapentin does not work for acute pain!”

1 / 10
Pj · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 12, 2019

“Gabapentin is so bad for some of its users. Doctors know how to put you on it but don't have a clue on how to get you off it if you start have problems. I was on it for a year and started having side effects. Confusion, vertigo, stammering, nausea. There are no antidotes for helping you get off of it. Getting off of gabapenton has been horrific. Stay Away From This stuff!”

1 / 10
Me · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 1, 2019

“I have very painful non-essential neuropathy of the feet. (No good reason) Neurontin helps my foot pain a lot but I seem to still have plenty of pain to go around. I’m on 600 mg at bedtime 10:30 and it also helps me sleep! It helps me sleep so well that I can’t drive in the mornings or early afternoon (on the highways) because I fall asleep behind the wheel. My prescription continues to say I am to take 3 per day. I would nap my life away. Also, I’ve noticed the longer I’ve been on it the more I notice my memory isn’t as sharp which is hopefully just because I’m tired. But it works better than Lyrica and hopefully it isn’t addictive. It does help tho.”

7 / 10
bazzaboiii · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 25, 2019

“I have been prescribed gabapentin after being attacked and receiving trauma to my leg which has caused nerve damage resulting in drop foot. I was initially started on 100mg 3 times daily and ramped up to 600mg 3 times daily before leaving hospital which did seem to control the nerve pain for a little while, but then it would gradually worsen after a few days leaving me in agony. I am now on 900mg three times daily and still in the same amount of pain. I will be going back to my doctors today to discuss dosage and alternative medication.”

Steven Micheal · Taken for less than 1 month April 18, 2019

“I am a chronic pain patient now on 100mg gabapentin, it’s amazing the pain relief. When it comes to gabapentin less is more. For ten years I suffered chronic pain (cervical 5-6 and 1-2... had 2 open shoulder surgeries with titanium). I was given 300mg gabapentin various times but made things worst, horrible side effects. I suffer the most from nerve damage coming from the cervical 5-6 that shoots into my arm and gabapentin 100mg stopped everything. I’m in the gym everyday. I have quality of life. I feel so blessed, no more hardcore narcotics!!! I was a patient who was taking extended release oxycodone with 15 mg oxycodone instant release for breakthrough pain and Valium #10”

10 / 10
Tomgirl · Taken for less than 1 month April 14, 2019

“Gabapentin was prescribed to me for sciatica pain in my right leg due to a herniated disc.  After my very first dosage (a small amount), I felt very weird. Within 2 hours, I felt needles and electric shocks in my left arm.  Nothing painful, just odd.  Shortly after, my thoughts were everywhere and I had troubles concentrating.  I went to sleep with no issues. I woke up the next day and couldn't move my left arm.  My shoulder was in excruciating pain.  I didn't sleep on it so I knew that couldn't have been the reason.  I asked my husband to come home to be with me because I was afraid of the thoughts I was having. The thoughts were frightening. Needless to say, I didn't take anymore gabapentin.  The bad thoughts went away by then following day but the painful shoulder remains one week later. Hope it eases up soon. Because now I have a serious pain on both sides of my body.”

1 / 10
Indigo64 · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 12, 2019

“I was taking 1200mg Gabapentin daily for pain but the more I took the more my body became used to it and it slowed down in effectiveness. It wasn't until later I discovered that it also can cause weight gain. Along with another medication I was taking for anxiety which also had the side effect of weight gain I had gained 60 lbs. I stopped both of them.”

6 / 10
mmcape March 26, 2019

“I have herniated disc and stenosis, hip pain (right) and hip replacement debacle (left) that ended up with 4 surgeries and months with no hip while infection cleared. Being in a wheelchair for almost 6 months due to the hip debacle exacerbated my low back issues. I have difficulty standing for any length of time and use a cane if I have to walk any significant distance. I'm on a low dose of oxycodone with tylenol (percocet 5/325) , but take it several times a day. My doctor recently added gabapentin 300mg 3-4x day and I am finally able to sleep with only getting up once a night. My leg cramps have decreased and I can stand for slightly longer periods. I believe it is making a difference. I've taken almost no muscle relaxers (Soma) since taking gabapentin for 2 months and think I may be able to cut back on the oxycodone soon and/or face surgery. The gabapentin has quieted the pain a little, but not eliminated it. I'm grateful for any reduction in pain and am continuing PT.”

8 / 10
Ms. D · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 12, 2019

“Have been taking gabapentin for 3 yrs now fir Degenerative disc disease/anxiety . I was taking 2400 mgs per day and found my pain and especially anxiety symptoms relieved. The only problem was there were days where gabapentin did not allow me to sleep if taken too close to bedtime had absolutely no problem reducing my dosage eventually to 1600 mgs per day and just as effective.”

8 / 10
Johnnyrock · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 21, 2019

“I have two bulging discs in my lower back and been having pain and numbness in both legs and feet and even some knee pain which may not be related to my back pain. I am taking 600mg at bedtime. It really helps me sleep and relieved my back pain pretty well. It can make you dizzy but I haven't experienced too much of that. As far not being able to sleep, it hasn't been my experience. As with any drug goes, there may be several factors contributing to those feelings and not necessarily the drug itself. Best bet is to always consult your doctor and make sure they know all medications you are taking so as not take drugs that don't go well with each other.”

8 / 10
mommywoman · Taken for 10 years or more February 16, 2019

“I was prescribed this for nerve pain in my mid back that radiated around my rib cage. I have 3 herniated disks, including spinal stenosis. I take gabapentin. I can honestly say it helps a lot for that, but not so much for other nerve pain. Not sure why this is, but I've been taking it for many years. I have weaned myself off a few times just to see how well it had been working but went back on it cause the mid back nerve pain came back. I tried Lyrica a while back instead but for whatever reason, it didn't work as well. Not every drug works for everyone. I gave it a mediocre rating cause it only seems to work on my mid back nerve pain.”

6 / 10