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User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain (Page 3)

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

kens February 6, 2019

“Me: 55 year old male, healthy weight, swim, run, yoga, body weight exercises. Sitting job past 30 years. Got a herniated disc 5 weeks back, horrible pain down left leg. Couldn’t sit, get in/out of car or stand. Spent most of past 5 weeks laying down. Only outings were to doctors appointments and PT appointments. Chiropractor was worthless. Doctor prescribed Gabapentin 3 weeks ago, very slow ramping up of dose. I’ve had zero side effects. At 5 weeks pain has largely stopped, big change from 2 weeks ago. I’m currently at 600mg per day, expect to ramp over next 2 weeks to 900mg per day and stop there. Pain stopping is likely combination of rest, PT recommended stretches, body starting to heal and Gabapentin. Should note my primary care physician is a DO who has training in some body manipulation techniques that seem to be helping. Also taking 4 naproxen daily.”

10 / 10
Andre · Taken for less than 1 month January 5, 2019

“Every time I took Gabapentin it would trigger of a migraine attack and I felt nauseous.”

1 / 10
mindach · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 2, 2019

“Very effective on nerve pain in my leg due to having 28 surgeries. It does not affect the other pains present in my leg (i.e. muscle, tendon, ligaments, numbness) but I noticed a huge impact on my nerve pain. I do not think it will help you much for pain unless your pain is nerve related. My only negative long last effects was weight gain and slow metabolism. The other negative effects went away after 6 months (i.e. blurry vision, dizziness, brain fog, difficult waking up).”

8 / 10
blue-sky · Taken for less than 1 month December 24, 2018

“Good for a flare up when desperate. Seems like a decent band-aid. Can't imagine taking this regularly. Too many side effects. I was taking 100mg or 200mg at night only. Only took it 4 times also.”

6 / 10
j · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 15, 2018

“A useless pain killer, I am on 1500mg a day with no pain relief I have had spine surgery and been on this drug before and after with no relief. It has given me headaches ,no appetite thinking and now also depressed. Also I am tired all the time, my vision is really gotten bad. I am going to get off this rotten drug try to stand the pain.”

1 / 10
LiRope · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 26, 2018

“I have take this medication since a car accident 3 years ago. I give it a 10 out of 10 for once in a while night time relief of back spasms and pain along with water, supplements and stretching. I give it a 4 out of 10 for daily long term pain management. I was originally prescribed to take this medication twice a day and found I could not take it during the day, it didn't help with my daytime pain much of at all. When I came off of the daily dosage and now use sparingly as a single dosage (1 or 2 nights)... I found it extremely beneficial. I only use at night for extreme back spasms and tightness. This with water, magnesium, potassium and calcium allow me to sleep and wake up in less pain with looser muscles. I take it when I am at my worst and follow up with a hot shower and stretches in the morning. It gives me just the edge to get my pain manageable again. I would NOT recommend for long term daily.”

8 / 10
Sarah · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 29, 2018

“Horrible drug for chronic pain. Made my entire body feel like it was on fire and I still had all the pain I usually have on top of that.”

1 / 10
Bizibèe · Taken for less than 1 month October 10, 2018

“I was prescribed gabapentin for nerve pain from back problems. I have also been severely depressed for over a year. 3 days in I felt a massive lifting of weight, and as if sun had come out. No idea why. Couldn't understand it. I felt like the duracell bunny. 6 days in on long walk noticed no pain in back of legs. First time in months. If gabapapentin IS responsible for my duracell bunny syndrome, long may it last. I can do stuff again.. very happy bunny. Will see if it lasts........”

9 / 10
Kracker · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 6, 2018

“Worked a bit in controlling pain but the side effects where bad. Horrible loose stools with explosive gas, bloating and a dead feeling over whole body. Nothing countered the watery diarrhea so I stopped taking it. Thank goodness I didn’t take long enough for withdrawals. Killed my sex life too”

5 / 10
BadBackPaul · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 20, 2018

“A year after the first of two discectomies I still had nerve symptoms bad enough that I couldn’t walk more than about a mile. Being an avid hiker this wasn’t good enough. My spinal doctor put me on gabapentin 3x600 mg per day. One month later I was hiking 6 miles. Two months later I was hiking 12 miles”

10 / 10
Cloudy · Taken for less than 1 month September 20, 2018

“Started on gabapentin and it’s awful . I’m dizzy falling over . Going to stay in bed till it wears off . Feel like I’m dying .”

1 / 10
Joethebuilder · Taken for less than 1 month September 8, 2018

“I am a chronic back pain sufferer have had a disectomy performed and have two more bulging discs. I was prescribed Gabapentin 600mg a day and it does nothing to alleviate my pain. Instead I have now stomach issues.”

2 / 10
Apophis · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 2, 2018

“Been on Gabapentin for over a year and now for pain in my spine but now I have trouble thinking or getting out simple words and I cannot go out by myself because I get these fits of feeling like I am drunk and makes me feel like I am going wobble out into traffic I also get this pressure on my head like someone is pressing on it all the time. I also have been feeling really down a lot which is not nice my moods have changed a lot and what I used to care about I no longer care about. This is a horrible medicine and I would advise anyone not to take it but that is my opinion and my experience with this drug.”

1 / 10
Panda · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 16, 2018

“I have been on gabapentin a while now and on 600mg 3x a day. Also been on antidepressants since my teens, mood stabilizers. All this medication I am on which the antidepressants and mood stabilizers are for my bipolar/severe depressive episodes. These two drugs along with gabapentin should be helping but I have no relief from pain/discomfort at all. Gabapentin does nothing for me but everyone's pain is different and everyone reacts positively to certain medications right for them. I feel I will never find one. Zero for gabapentin from me.”

1 / 10
Broken · Taken for less than 1 month August 16, 2018

“Been taking 300 mg twice a day for 2 weeks after breaking my shoulder. I am having a hard time sleeping because I have to sleep sitting up. Makes me kind of tired but definitely not putting me to sleep. I would kill for a high does Xanax so I can get one good night sleep .”

2 / 10
Supermom · Taken for less than 1 month August 8, 2018

“I used this for the very first time last night, and I highly regret using it at all. I should have listened to the reviews. Ok. I live in chronic pain but choose not to take medications if I can help it. Last night the pain became unbearable, so I actually broke down and took only one 300 mg tab (again I dislike medication). So two hours later I am still in pain. Two hours later I finally fell asleep. Fast forward to this morning. I "woke up" if you could call it that in the morning. I could barely get out of bed and my kids were worried. I was hardly able to walk ALL day. I could barely concentrate and stay awake all day. It has messed with my memory. In between all of that, I am somehow living in the bathroom due to all the nausea and diarrhea. It has been 24 hours and I still feel like this. Again, I should have listened to others and not take this drug. Oh and it did Not help with my pain. If you are considering taking this "medicine" please seek other methods.”

2 / 10
Quantax · Taken for less than 1 month August 7, 2018

“Just started Gapabentin for interstitial cystitis AKA Painful Bladder Syndrome. At a loss to know how it started, most likely by my stopping the immunosuppressive drugs I was taking for Crohn's Disease and there's some autoimmune connection between the two. Prednisone in conjunction with Azathioprine(or Imuran) actually helped to a fair degree with this but it's not actually prescribed for it and I can see why (though a research study in Korea based on seven women showed improvement after a month on the Pred, I'm skeptical it would have a lasting benefit). Anyway, the Gabapentin is effective but I need to increase the daily dosage to maintain pain control.”

8 / 10
ShellyB · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 31, 2018

“I was first given gabapentin for back pain. I increased the dose too quickly though, and had some side effects. Dizziness, memory issues and the like. However, I did increase from 200mg X 4 daily and eventually got to 400MG X 4 daily. Increasing by 100mg at a time. Let me tell you, it did ZIP for pain. But my mood? What a difference. I have suffered depression/anxiety as long as I can remember. Can't tell you how many drugs and combinations I tried. I had no idea how 'bleah' I still was, until suddenly, I wasn't. What a difference, I can't tell you. Far as I know, I am NOT bipolar. Just your garden variety depression and horrible anxiety. Give it a try. Finally feel at age 62, that I am truly peaceful and content!”

10 / 10
Khamelot · Taken for less than 1 month June 30, 2018

“I have a broken tailbone and have been taking narcotic pain pills for years as needed. I have a medical marijuana license and used that for the minor pain. Due to new laws here, anyone smoking marijuana cannot be prescribed narcotic pain meds. Period. My personal & professional life had taken major downturns, causing extreme anxiety and depression. My shrink gave me Gabapentin 4 days ago and so far I’m pretty impressed. I also take Venlafaxine and have noticed no side effects. My anxiety and depression have dropped noticeably, and the minor pain has been reduced as well. I’m waiting to see how effective it is dealing with major pain. I’m 62, 5’1”, 189 lbs and taking 600mg twice a day.”

10 / 10
Kimmie · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 26, 2018

“I was prescribed 300mgs gabapentin and 50mgs of Tramadol three times a day for severe nerve pain from spinal stenosis, herniated disk and osteoarthritis after being hit by a car. It is doing absolutely nothing for my excruciating pain that has ruined my once happy life. Gabapentin (also Tramadol) is more than useless. I want to ask my doctor for something stronger but I am hesitant because of the stupid crap caused by a false narrative pushed by the media hysteria the DEA means not much else is available to us. I guess I will just have to continue to suffer for the rest of my life. I'll muster up the courage to discuss it with my doctor at my next visit.”

1 / 10
Hazza June 25, 2018

“I was given this for pain during a bout of acute pancreatitis in hospital. I also suffer from anxiety/depression and chronic pain. Within 4 hours I felt no change in pain level and my anxiety had kicked in really hard. After the second dose (within 8 hours of the initial starting dose) I was severe psychological effects. It gave me NO pain assistance. Within 16 hours I felt I was losing my mind between the anxiety, depression and pain levels still running at 8 (for 3 days). It caused some somnolence but not enough to get over the pain level. They also had me on naloxone/oxycodone which was not strong enough as it cancels itself out in larger doses. They seemed confused about the effective treatment difference between chronic and acute pain. I was in there for 5 days, four of them with pain levels above a 5. I was stopped on this drug within 48 hours due to obvious serious psychological side effects. I could not possibly recommend this drug.”

1 / 10
Woody · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 19, 2018

“I had knee replacement surgery 5 years ago...pain ever since, along with nerve pain down to the toes. 5 years of T3's and now a new smart doctor thought Gabapentin might work in the right dose. Gradually went from 100mg 3x a day, then 200 mg 3x day, then 300mg etc. Found I was getting a bit sleepy, but still no effect on the pain. That is, until I started taking 400 mgs 3x daily. Doziness went, and pain went. Things aren't perfect there's been 5 years of limping, back and hip pain (from limping) but the back and hip now are without pain, because I can now walk without the pain and limping. I've got to build strength back in leg, but, yippee ! I can do that. Maybe it's just a matter of getting to the right dose and I guess each person may need different doses. But the 1,200 mgs per day work for me.....and I had thought nothing would.”

10 / 10
Jenni · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 31, 2018

“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.”

1 / 10
Zipthekid February 24, 2018

“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 .”

10 / 10
Vietnam Veteran February 15, 2018

“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 / 10