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User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain (Page 5)

Also known as: Neurontin, Gralise, Gabarone, Fanatrex

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

User Ratings
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6.3/10 Average Rating
320 ratings from 343 user reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin

KAynbrown · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 12, 2017

“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”

3 / 10
great-grandma · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 9, 2017

“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.”

5 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 16, 2017

“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”

10 / 10
Michael Baker · Taken for less than 1 month June 13, 2017

“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.”

1 / 10
Anonymous June 10, 2017

“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.”

4 / 10
tasha9043 · Taken for less than 1 month May 30, 2017

“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.”

8 / 10
FSU May 29, 2017

“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.”

10 / 10

“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 ”

christopher A Z · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 25, 2017

“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”

3 / 10
Mkky · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 25, 2017

“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.”

7 / 10
Beeeker2017 May 8, 2017

“At first it didn't work until we found the right dose I am now taking 1400 mg a day and I have no neck pain head or shoulder pain as long as I take it. When I do have a bad day at bed I take 20mg of muscle relaxer and I am good to go”

9 / 10
vegasmom · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 27, 2017

“Gabapentin works really well for my degenerative disc disease and back arthritis without making me sleepy like opiates. It's not addictive as well. The only downside, after taking it for about 3 months, it seems it's making me gain weight and gives me a lot of gas. And I'm eating less than I did before taking it.”

9 / 10
25 Year Back Pain Sufferer · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 21, 2017

“This drug has multiple uses. I was prescribed it for social anxiety, as a replacement for the clonazepam (Klonopin) I had been taking for several years. It has very mild but noticeable effects. It sort of grounds you and keeps you calm, but not in a drugged out way. It also helps you sleep soundly. And for me, it gives my lower back a break of sorts from the constant spectrum of pain and discomfort. This is a kind of miracle drug in a way. I would suggest not drinking more than one alcoholic beverage if taking more than 300mg at a time, because you might get a little loopy. But it won't make you dizzy and want to vomit like oxycontin or percocet. Potential for abuse exists in my opinion, so talk with your doctor about a treatment regimen.”

8 / 10
Tinkerbell99 April 12, 2017

“On 900mg 3 times a day and it is not working at all for me. In need of something that is actually going to suppress the pain. ”

1 / 10
Walnutt · Taken for less than 1 month March 15, 2017

“Gabapentin is the best medication I have ever taken. I was put on Gabapentin because I've had unexplained upper back pain for two years. It's accompanied with a really annoying tingling sensation under my shoulder blades. I was prescribed 300mg three times a day. By day two the pain was 80% better. Day three it was gone. It was a life saver. I've never been happier. And then I had a weird day after a week on it. I have mild depression and anxiety but I've never had a suicidal thought in my life. There was this sensation that I've never felt before. I called into work. I couldn't move and kept having the thought of downing my pain meds with my bottle of whiskey. I immediately cut out the gabapentin and that feeling disappeared.”

6 / 10
felinelover March 11, 2017

“This is my second day of taking 100mg, 3 times a day. I tell you they've helped me with the pain. I can walk and sit up an sit down, with out being in agony. I've had sciatica now for over 2 years an in my back buttocks and legs. I would go to bed to sleep an wake up and couldn't go back to sleep because of the pain. That the pain would stay with me all day. I was taking codamols 30\500. Ibuprofen, an also using cream and hot water bottles too. All I ended up with, pain not shifting and a stomach ulcer. This new tablet I'm taking has helped me loads, like I said it doesn't get rid of all the pain but its such a relief that I'm not in agony any more. The Dr has put me on some anti sickness tablets metoclopramide that helps too.”

7 / 10
Curveballaddyy · Taken for less than 1 month March 5, 2017

“I started taking this medicine 3 days ago for back pain. So far it has been helping a lot. I'm takin three 300mg pills a day. Before this I had been in terrible pain for about 2 months. I've been trying everything I can to get rid of it. Opiates had been the only thing that helped, but I don't like to take addictive drugs if I can avoid it. I literally would just wait until I couldn't bear it any longer and then take one. But so far with these I'm feeling quite a bit better. The only negative is they definitely have some side effects. They made me a bit dizzy and queasy the first 2 days. I didn't get drowsy from them though. Now that I'm on the 3rd day the side effects seem to be milder. I'm hoping this will last along with the pain relief!”

9 / 10
jakalswitch · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 22, 2017

“Gave me gas so bad I had to leave my own office several times throughout the day. I would wake myself up at night because the smell was so bad. If you value your social life, please don't use this. Other than that, it was great!”

10 / 10
Chris21 February 22, 2017

“I've been on this for 2 months sometimes the pain in my legs is so bad I want to chop them off. Gabapentin does nothing. I started to have memory issues about a month ago and was never warned about it. Why can they just give me my one Percocet a day and I can go back to work, be pain free and get my life back. This is awful.”

1 / 10
snugj4 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 20, 2017

“This drug worked well with my shingles...thats about it! they want me to keep taking it for pain and it does nothing for me! gotta see doc on Thursday so hopefully he changes that. 900mg a day and does nothing? I hate taking meds as it is if its not gonna help with pain y take it?”

3 / 10
ev92 · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 13, 2017

“I have been taking Gabapentin for constant headaches for 9 years. It took 6 months for the drug to begin working as it is a therapeutic treatment. This has changed my life for the better. I had such severe headaches that I struggled with everyday life and my education took a hit (from A's to E's!!), but now I have a BSc degree, a post grad diploma and I'm working on my Masters. I broke and dislocated my finger 2 weeks ago after falling from my large mare at a gallop and smashing into a fence. I do not need to take any other pain killers as the Gabapentin reduces the pain enough to carry on as normal. I do still have some discomfort, but I can live with it and it is better than being in an opiate induced stupor. I'm from UK.”

9 / 10
Paul05 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 6, 2017

“I have very little memory of my time taking Gabapentin - which is part of the problem with the drug. For some people it's OK, but for me my memory from that time is like a black hole. I remember starting it, a few flashes while taking it, but I don't remember tapering off the drug. It's like I lost 6 months of my life. I couldn't even tell you if it helped with the pain.”

1 / 10
Black Gold January 27, 2017

“I've been on this medication for almost 2years now. It was prescribed to me 4 nerve pain. ”

3 / 10
Averageyoungguy95 · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 22, 2017

“Works well with Tramadol added onto the Gabapentin doses. So far only side affect is feeling drunk, but this is partially because Gabapentin acts on the same receptors as alcohol.”

7 / 10
clifftexas san antonio January 13, 2017

“I have tested positive for ankling spondilitis - causes severe back bone fusing issues, I have been in pain for 2 years. The genetic test only means I could get the disease. Not a I was on tramadol and various RA anti inflammatory drugs...yada yada yada --pain in inflammation all over my body.. today my pcp wont rx me tramadol since my blood didnt show inflammation and my pain kevel was high. she prescibed noerontin .. i took it 3 hours ago.. i can now raise my arms over my head with no pain... thank you ribs and shoulders, back. sternum, hips were in moderate pain all day. couldnt sleep i read this blog about GAD and anxiety can be helped also. i have gad and my anxiety is lower.. fingers crossed”