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User Reviews for Gabapentin

Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin

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Gabapentin Rating Summary

7.8/10 Average Rating

61 Ratings with 50 User Reviews

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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Restless Legs Syndrome

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"I started having RL at 15. Then I kept it to myself even when I would be up all night sometimes taking 5 hot baths bc I thought it was in my head. My Pdoc actually prescribed it because she had prescribed me adderall for ADD and it got SO bad. When mine hits it's literally like I want to claw/cut my legs off. kick them front to back, left to right, scratch them, hit them. Nothing helped. Gabapentin helped me immediately. To those of you who said it didn't help or it made you too sleepy... I was told to take mine at bedtime. Normally I take it 2-3 hours before. 900mgs. I gave it a 9 because I do have breakthrough spells, and bad clumsiness. Taking it 2-3 hours before makes me only be dizzy and clumsy before bed and not the next morning."

   
9.0

yourenotalone August 26, 2016

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"This medicine has been life changing! I was always told my rls is in my head and not real. It's just me being worried or nervous. Thankfully, I asked my dr. She told me, it's very real and asked my symptoms. They matched perfectly with all rls symptoms. I take Gabapentin before bed. It takes about 30 minutes to kick in, but when it does, I'm able to relax and sleep. When I get out of bed in the morning, my legs don't ache because I'm no longer moving them all night. Please seek medical help if you are struggling with rls. This medicine might not be for you, but whatever medicine works is worth it!!"

   
9.0

NatMarie73 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 15, 2016

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"I have severe restless leg, and have taken a succession of medication over the years, Requip, other medicines, baclofen, and gabapentin. I am now on 4- 20 baclofen, and 4 600 gabapentin. When I gert the right amount of medicine, I sleep. With out the right amount, I do not sleep. Life without sleep is VERRRRRY difficult. Yes I minimize my medications, but this seems to help, now."

   
9.0

daniel Post Polio April 29, 2016

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"I had bad rls. It went up my arms and down my legs .I am on lamictal 300mg once a day and trazodone 50mg at night. The trazodone seemed to make it worse. Mirapex did nothing to help the restlessness . As soon as I was prescribed neurontin, I felt better. 300mg x5 a day. I would recommend this drug for anyone with rls."

   
10

SamanthaK (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 20, 2016

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"Good for sleeping and my RLS I take 300 at nite and it works!!"

   
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Artzy March 31, 2016

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"Started taking gabapentin a couple months ago. Hate to take meds of any kind and am afraid of augmentin which I have had. I started on a low dose of gabapentin and increased it to 300mg at noon, and 300 mg. after dinner. In the evening I take ropinirole. After taking ropinirole I am up for at least 2-3 hours wrestling with my legs. Tonight I decided to skip ropinirole, and take another 300mg of gabapentin. Not sure yet if it will work. Going to bed soon. I am standing while writing this."

   
8.0

muskiebait February 15, 2016

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"I first started experiencing restless leg when I was 17. I'm 23 now. I immediately went to the doctor as I was wanting to literally claw my face off and stab my leg multiple times. I was put on ropinirole 0.5, then 1, then 2. It began making me very anxious at night to the point I was extremely agitated. It increased my anxiety tremendously right before I was prescribed gabapentin. I have dexterscoliosis and osteoarthritis in my back affecting my sciatic nerve. It sucks for my nerve pain but works WONDERS for my restless leg. I love it. I currently take 600mg in the AM, and 900mg in the PM. The drowsiness is more at night vs in the AM but it still makes me quite drowsy. I don't care. As long as the RLS is gone!! "

   
8.0

Shelbaye January 27, 2016

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"I can't describe how great the sleep is now that the RLS is gone."

   
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tom2234 (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 31, 2015

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"I feel that this medication has given my life back to me. They increased my dosage to 600 mg's once in the morning and at night. Than 900 mg's at bedtime. I feel the medication has helped my anxiety and my RLS. I also noticed an increased in sex drive. Side effect maybe. But, not a bad one. Now, my RLS has gone down I feel I can better handle the daily effect's of it because it's not fun to have."

   
6.0

Jillian 005 December 30, 2015

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"Suffered from severe RlS and hyperactivity for most of my life. It effects all of my immediate male family members and initially clonazepam was like a miracle cure. However I'm not happy taking benzodiazepines daily so i self - prescribed Gabapentin with my doctors knowledge. It works even better than the clonazepam and gives me absolutely amazing sleep too. Only drawback it can negatively effect my cognition so I have to get the balance right with the dosage. NHS have now agreed to prescribe."

   
8.0

Lawro83 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 11, 2015

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"I am in my late 20's and have had restless legs since my late teens. I have been on Gabapentin now for about 2.5 years and it has been wonderful. RLS stopped almost immediately (to my memory). For whatever reason, the RLS comes back periodically and I have to tweak the dosage a bit. At first I increased (at the doc's request) but soon reached my 1800 maximum dosage, 600mg 3x day. When symptoms popped up again I stopped taking the GP all together; believing that it had stopped working. Later in desperation, I took some leftover GP and it worked again. Now I try to stay at a low 300mg dose and take another 300-600 if I feel that familiar RLS itch as I’m settling in."

   
9.0

NNAAMM November 10, 2015

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"Gabapentin actually causes restless leg syndrome for me. Have had 2 L45 surgeries and have taken gabapentin for pain with little relief and side effect of restless legs."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) November 4, 2015

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"I just took my first dose of Gabapentin I experienced severe reactions from tongue and throat swelling, slurring of words , headache, swollen glands and face, blurred and double vision. My Dr. is trying to wean me off Mirapax and Neupro patch as they have augmented. Now on a steroid and Benadryl to counteract that, still have blurred vision and it is 24 hours later."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) October 2, 2015

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"I have suffered from Restless Leg Syndrome since I was a child. This medication has made a HUGE difference in my life. No more leg pain."

   
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carrollm5 September 23, 2015

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"I'm answering a question from a lady who has recently detoxed from drugs and as an ex user myself ( all opiates & tablets) I offer my sympathy . Restless leg syndrome is a horrible condition that I have struggled with for years, Gabapentin hasn't helped for me so I was put on Pre-gabulin 300mg twice a day, I must say it has been heaven to sleep through the night, although they can make you drowsy if you are on a high dose, which I am, but I'm sure your doctor will find the correct dosage that suits you best. I certainly hope that I have helped in some way. Good Luck."

Poorly Lady (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 5, 2015

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"I'm a recovering drug addict (all opiates) and I have restless leg, degenerative disk disease and and severe nerve damage for almost 20 years now. My RLS has kept me up for 5 days at a time. Night time and early in the morning I would be going absolutely insane, crying and screaming and hallucinating from lack of sleep. I know a lot of u have been thru it too and my heart goes out to u. Anyway I know this is a real problem for the recovering addicts out there and a major cause of relapses, I've been to the rodeo a few times myself. My gabapentin stopped working a few months ago, gradually. I'm already on a high dose at 1800, can't go up. any ideas? Thanks."

   
5.0

pain_lady August 29, 2015

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"I have suffered with RLS for pretty much my entire life, I'm 55 now. Discovered gabapentin reading blog posts. I have tried all the other meds. My RLS was getting so bad I was having a lot of episodes during the day and not just at night, but worse at night. I could not sit still to even look at a newspaper or magazine. There were time I actually thought I was going to go completely insane. Most night I didn't sleep more than an hour or two. Even then I was not getting a good deep sleep. When I asked my GP about gabapentin, he had no problem prescribing it for me. He even followed recommendation for the dosage. I take 100mg in the morning and at lunch. Before bedtime I take 200 mg.. All I can say is that this has been a godsend for me."

   
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Ardsee July 11, 2015

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"Have had peripheral neuropathy and restless legs for over ten years. I take 100 mg of gabapentin before bed. It worked wonders for my RLS for many years, but I may soon need to increase the dose somewhat. It has not had any apparent effect on my neuropathy."

   
9.0

Chattanooga Man (taken for 10 years or more) June 9, 2015

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"After just a week, it started to exacerbate my restless leg. It got so bad even homeopathics wouldn't work!"

   
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Davies444 (taken for less than 1 month) June 5, 2015

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"Was placed on Requip. It was somewhat effective with breakthroughs. A neurologist ordered Gabapentin, 1a day for a week, then two a day. Complete relief, thank God."

   
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Mygrey June 5, 2015

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Gabarone (gabapentin): "My restless leg syndrome results in cramp-like pains that nothing seems to help. Until I took 300 mg of Gabapentin. It definitely took care of the pain, but it left me feeling drunk the next morning! I was staggering when I walked and had great difficulty waking up. This lasted for several hours after I woke up. Thankfully, this only happened the first couple of times that I took Gabapentin. Unfortunately, it was only effective at 300 mg for about two weeks. I was supposed to move up to two capsules (600 mg total) after the first week, but hadn't out of fear of the side effects and at first it seemed unnecessary. Once the pain came back, I added the 2nd capsule and the tired, groggy feeling lasted all day! I'm not going to keep taking it."

   
4.0

spiffywife (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2015

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"I am sharing, because I have been searching all over to see if anyone else had experience with restless legs syndrome and gabapentin following an injury. Last year I got hit by a car, broke my femur (in half). Besides the injury I suffered from EXTREME swelling in my lower leg, that often comes with this kind of injury. I also suffered what is called a Morel Lavelle lesion, a very mean injury by itself. All this caused the onset of RLS and the surgeon put me on gabapentin, been taking it for about 10 months. I have tied to reduce it, but no such luck, the sensation without it is crazy. So glad he did and that there is medication to control it."

   
9.0

Stuttgart Lady (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 29, 2015

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"Neurontin helped a lot with my severe restless leg syndrome & some with my chronic back pain. However, the 2 times it was tried on me over the years I had the bad side effect of doing things in my sleep I was unaware of! I once microwaved a remote & the house was filled with smoke! Also, would find bathroom towels in a kitchen cupboard, boxed food in the fridge, ect. So, even though it was helpful-had to quit using due to those side effects!"

   
7.0

grammyb (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2014

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"This is my first night on Gabapentin and I am laying in my bed with my laptop as comfortable as can be. I feel normal. The past year has been brutal and my restless legs syndrome got exponentially worse which led to higher anxiety issues and depression. I went through a few doctors and tried numerous medicines including Tramadol (which worked well for a little while). Apparently, this medicine starts working better as time goes by which is great for me."

   
8.0

manchild August 13, 2014

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"I've been taking 1800 mg of gabapentin for restless legs since April of this year..it has been wonderful. Plus, I get a tad drowsy..but, alas there is a problem..weight gain..I've been on a 1200 calorie diet and I continue to gain weight...15lbs since the end of April...what to do?"

   
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meglet July 8, 2014

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