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User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain (Page 8)

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

Mummymozzie · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 30, 2016

“I have been taking gabapentin for about 6 years now. I have 2 collapsed discs in my sacroid spine which have been causing chronic pain for 9 years . I take 500mg 3 times a day but can increase it when the pain becomes unbearable. On the higher doses I do get drowsy, but in my normal dose it doesn't affect me. It just helps reduce the nerve pain. The only side effect I get is a dry mouth. At the moment I am suffering from shingles and it is a godsend. I have had shingles previously and wasn't taking gabapentin at the time and the neuropathy pain was awful. I also find it helps a bit with my fibromyalgia.”

9 / 10
D1111D April 26, 2016

“Works fantastic! I have a bulged disc along with sciatica.Also I have nerve damage in my neck and shoulder. It helps greatly reduce the pain, and allows me much more mobility.”

9 / 10
Bcairo · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 23, 2016

“Very bad pain both of my sides and lower back.. I had dry mouth all night. . No matter what I took for dry mouth. . I was taking this drug for back pain.. once I started using it my pain increase 10 fold..”

Able1 · Taken for less than 1 month April 23, 2016

“Old lower back injury that flares up every few years. New doc prescribed gabapentin, 100mg, 1 or 2 tablets depending on pain level. Gabapentin made me nauseous, anxious, and totally decreased my ability to think coherently. That was only one pill. I don't know how anyone can function on this. Awful!”

1 / 10
Bai · Taken for less than 1 month April 6, 2016

“Just started taking 300 mg of gabapentin and it's not working I take 10 mg norco plus 500 mg naproxen along with 300 mg of gabapentin 3 times a day it's only been a week I'm wondering how long does it take to get in my system I can't take much more!”

1 / 10
abe1979 April 2, 2016

“I had heart palpations from this stuff...I told my PCP that I was having problems with it and they tripled my dosage...I had a heart attack a week later...they discontinued does nothing for least for me...”

1 / 10
Lcowan7 March 25, 2016

“This medication was prescribed to me by my psychiatrist for thr chronic pain I suffer from in my legs and lower back. He doesn't prescribe opiates in his scope of practice but still wanted to help me out. This drug takes awhile to kick in. It's very unfortunate especially when you have pain that needs to be relieved ASAP. Everytime I take this pill it makes me feel emotional and physically impaired as if I had a drink. It helps a bit for my restless legs but for pain it really doesn't do anything. It definitsly does not relieve anxiety or panic disorder. Keep in mind I am still on a low dose of 200 Mg per day but my PCP wanted to increase it to 300 Mg three times a day, which I disagreed with. It's not effective for pain and anxiety for me.”

3 / 10
Sooprvylyn · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 24, 2016

“Been dealing with sciatica for 5 months. 1st 3 months were insane pain, couldnt even dress myself. Here is my med issue: Degenerative disks at L5 S1 and minor at S1 S2, 6mm herniation inside left side at L5 S1 Gongenital spinal stenosis from L5 down This has caused a lot of pressure on my sciatic nerve and severe pain down my entire left leg, mostly at the hip but moves around. I started with was not even as good as ibuprofin for the pain. Stopped after a week Next was tramadol...same results as norco, barely any relief Then started naproxin and gabapentin. Pain was reduced by 80-90%. Stopped the naproxin due to potentially very bad side effects. Stayed on gabapentin, same reduction in pain. Gabapentin works!!!!”

8 / 10
IDP · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 14, 2016

“Took for knee pain, started with 100 mg and increased every 2 days 100 mg to 1500 mg, Knees hurt much more on med. Had ankle swelling. Within 7 days of stopping knees felt much better and swelling was gone.”

meghan-help please March 9, 2016

“I absolutely wouldn't survive without my gabapentin. However, I'm finding that anytime I miss a dose (3-800s a day) that I have bouts of rls for a few days. Anyone else have this issue. Mind u, to my knowledge, I never had rls before. I'm pretty sure this medication causes it to happen for me. But idk, I'm not finding many ppl online with the same problem. Can someone say if they are. I'm 30, so medications like this has only been going on for 5 or so years. I have too many issues to list by the biggest r all but one vertibrate that are both deteriorated and herniated. And, I have a psudeo tumor of the brain (lots of spinal fluid build up, not yet fixed at all). D.j.d. and also a bad case of r.a. as well. Thanks”

9 / 10
logonre March 6, 2016

“I took Gabapentin for 7 months. It did nothing to help the sciatic pain. I kept hoping it would eventually help the pain but the side effects and getting lost and confused in a familiar place that made me quit taking it. I also experienced garbled speech and balance issues. I weened myself off of it after talking to my doctor. I was having severe memory problems also and hope it gets better.”

1 / 10
RalphBoz March 2, 2016

“I have been taking 16 years. I take 800 mg 4 times a day. The meds work Great. I am able to do most things. I am 52 and have had 7 hip replacements. About two years ago I started having tooth problems. I discovered major gum recession. Yesterday I had my first round of skin graphs. The doctor knew it was from Neurotin. He has had several patients having taken as little as 2 months to me 16 years. The doctor originally thought I needed 3 grafts. I only had enough to graph two. Three months from today I have to do two more grafts. Had I known this I would of never taken Neurotin.”

10 / 10
Aunt Debbie · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 10, 2016

“For 5 years I had severe constant pain from arthritis around my right collar bone pressing nerves. Along that journey, I had a nerve ablation done on my C3-C4-C5 vertebrae that helped a pinched nerve there. Finally found a pain specialist who put me on Gabapentin Nortriptyline (usually for depression). Gabapentin alone did nothing. He convinced me the 25mg Nortriptyline is a tiny dose but works great with the Gabapentin. He was right. Immediate relieve. After surprise surgery for a perforated sm intestine, had to hold off all Rx's while in the hospital. Then started lightening bolts of Siatica nerve pain down right leg. EGAD. Back home, restarted Gaba and Nortrip - Siatica all better. Wow!”

10 / 10
thomasruss4 · Taken for less than 1 month February 2, 2016

“For over 6 months severe pain from diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy - constant 6 to 9 in almost every major joint in the body - shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, feet - except right hip - 3.... not helped at all by musculoskeletal pain killers. Gabapentin at 900 mg halved those pain levels ... but increased legs edema by 10% and scales weight by 2kg, and added lower back pain stenosis at 8 - discovered that liquid morphine sorted that out. Even if back not sorted it would still have been wonderful just to have a change in what hurt.”

8 / 10
Mrs. Ali February 2, 2016

“I started gabapentin last night; although it was prescribed a week ago. I have very serious allergies and even though the doctor cleared the medicine, I was afraid to have a reaction. I was/am also afraid of the side effects. I am still trying to lose weight after a full thyroidectomy so I don't want to gain anything else. Anyway I was prescribed this for intractable migraines. I took my first 300 mg pill last night as the neck pain I experience prior to some migraines, was riding up the back of my neck. I swear the pain diminished in less than 5 minutes. I did not expect that...weird. Tonight I felt the same pain so I took the pill as scheduled. Again the pain lessened. I had no migraine today so that is amazing for me. So far so good.”

6 / 10
jules65 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 14, 2016

“I was taking gabapentin for about 4 months and it really helped with the side effects and pain from Stenosis in my lower back which is trapping my sciatic nerve. However due to my ankles swelling and weight gain my doctor has switched me to Lyrica and OMG I'm only on day 3 and I want off it. Have decided to return to taking gabapentin as the side effects are nothing like I am experiencing now.”

7 / 10
Biggdaddy444 · Taken for less than 1 month January 11, 2016

“Was prescribed gabapentin for. Restless burning legs at nite 300 mg. I heard some bad review is so didn't really take it. Got hurt at work aggravating my sciatica in my left leg and knee to the point that nothing took the pain away. So I started taking 600 mg 2 times a day and I can say so far it definitely gives me about 75/90 % relief of my sciatic pain especially when I take Motrin 800 mg with it. Hope it continues to work”

8 / 10
FloridaBill December 14, 2015

“Herniated a disc in my lower back in fall of 2009 (via MRI). Couldn't be out of work 12 weeks going the surgery route. Talked to my Family Doctor....said I could try Gabapentin, but that it doesn't work for everyone. Told him I wanted to try that route. Slow dose build- up...starting with 100 mg morning & night. 100 mg add every 3 days until pain disappears. Got up to 600mg am and 600 mg pm. Pain, numbness, etc...gone. Went off it in 2010 without any remaining symptoms. Moved our house contents again in 2015 and again re-herniated the same disc. Dr. re-prescribed, only this time I had to slowly get the dose up to 1,500 mg twice a day before all pain symptoms were gone. I personally never experienced any of the side effects indicated below.”

9 / 10
Butterfly Mom 2 · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 12, 2015

“If the purpose the taking gabapentin is to hurl you into a state of psychosis then it gets a ten because this is a very real side effect of this drug. The Pfizer company does not want you to know that it can and has caused many people to go into a psychotic state. Not for a day mind you but for as yet an indeterminate amount of time.They put on the warning do not abruptly stop this medication, but they don't tell you why. ”

10 / 10
kayakd · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2015

“I ruptured L5/S1 disc at work (I'm 58 years old). Nothing seemed to help with the pain until I asked about Gabapentin and started taking 300 mg three times a day along with Ibuprofen 600 mg. It does help a lot but only when I combine it with Ibuprofen...without I really don't get relief. It does take some time for your body to adjust to it - I felt very foggy, and drugged. I had trouble forming sentences for almost 2 weeks. It's a lot better now.”

9 / 10
Qualistat November 12, 2015

“I have suffered from chronic pain since I was 19. I've taken just about everything available to treat this curse. After about 5 years of refusing Gabapentin, I finally tried it. Don't let the side effects scare you, try it for at least a week and let your body and mind get used to it. This stuff really works for pain relief. Also, the combination of this with your narcotic pain relievers will help greatly. The key to treating pain is moderation and avoiding alchohol. I have had great success combining my pain reliever with this and Naproxen or APAP. Help with depression , mood and sleeping. Some side effects can be dizziness. As your body gets used to this it will start working subtly and relieve your pain and help you rest.”

9 / 10
Ed N November 7, 2015

“Pain associated with shingles. I think the pain was lessened due to the drug but due to the crazy mental side effects I stopped taking it within a week even though my shingles lasted several weeks. It wasn't worth the side effects.”

3 / 10
CDR_Condor · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 1, 2015

“Introduced when I came down with the Shingles, a most painful ailment which covers most of your torso. Hydrocodone didn't phase it, my doctor explained how it worked and what was happening to my nerve endings. Shingles changes you life because it likes to linger around and your nerve ending have changed. So I'm on 600's 3 TID, makes life more pleasant. Hope this is helpful.”

10 / 10
Person69 October 28, 2015

“This medicine relieved me from daily pain, however I started experiencing unwanted side-effects. The biggest is it would make my anxiety problems worse, and it took me a long time to figure it out.”

5 / 10
Matilda B · Taken for less than 1 month October 26, 2015

“Prescribed on Oct 5, threw it away October 25. Experienced wild mood swings, crying, agitated, and an evening of suicidal thoughts when I realized it was the drug. Was a very bad drug for me. Would definitely consider these as possible serious side effects when taking this drug.”

1 / 10