User Reviews for Neurontin to treat Postherpetic Neuralgia
Neurontin has an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 from a total of 16 ratings for the treatment of Postherpetic Neuralgia. 63% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 13% reported a negative effect.
“After having severe and painful shingles I am now on Neurontin 600 mg/day and my pain is as it was at the very beginning.”
“Due to a loss of oxygen to my brain (hypoxia) and 2 minor strokes I have no feeling in my feet. My hands have some feeling, but only about 40%. Hands hurt really bad. Using Neurontin for 4 years. Pain is almost gone. I can flex my fingers. I take a high dose as I also have chronic neck and back pain. 800 mg 3x a day. I have had no side effects whatsoever. Very safe and effective.”
“I had an accident and broke my leg in half and had to be life flighted to Pittsburgh hospital. I live in West Virginia. They wanted to amputate my leg but I said no and ended up with 15 surgeries and 20 pins. I am disabled due to it but I have my leg. The pain was the worst I have ever felt. I was on oxycontin 40 MG 3 x day with 30 MG oxycodone 8 x daily instant release tabs,with neurontin as well. But as I was wean down on pain meds I was left with neurontin. I have severe nerve damage to my whole leg. I'm on two 400 MG tabs 3 x daily. So 2400 MG total daily. I will be on for rest of my life. It is made my life so much better. I can walk without pain but sleep is rough with nite terror for me. But short of that I would recommend it for nerve damage. It helps me function mentally as well. It's great!”
“I was first given Neurontin for the shingles, for a few days nothing helped the pain of the shingles, most painful thing I have ever had. After about a week I started feeling better, was sleeping all night and now I have no pain. Even though I still have the shingles best medicine for pain I have ever taken.”
“I have taken Neuorontin for over five years. I have Multiple Sclerosis and lots of nerve pain. This medicine works...But it will change your personality. BEWARE.. can make you violent. However for nerve pain best medicine out there.”
“Have been on this for over a month and each increase by my doctor provides no relief whatsoever. The last increase has resulted in severe dizziness, light-headedness, memory loss and forgetfulness, fatigue, racing thoughts during sleep, inability to sleep more than a few hours, and most importantly, no effect on the severe pain from postherpetic neuralgia. I will not be accepting another increase from the doctor, the side effects are intolerable, not to mention the side effects of weaning off this ineffective drug that I have yet to suffer.”
“My doctor started me on this after I had crazy nerve pain due to shingles. It works amazing for me! When I don't take it or it's time for my dose it feels like I've been shot in the area where my shingles were worst. So I have nothing but great things to say about this medicine for me.”
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“I experienced severe nerve pain following a second bout of shingles less than 3 months apart. During a 2 year period my doctors tried me on regular Gabapentin in combination with other medications - all with severe side effects and no relief from the constant pain and lack of a good night sleep. I gained over 50 lbs as well. My neurologist prescribed Horizant twice a day and my life changed almost over night! I choose not to take it in combination with anything else other than 800 mg Ibuprofen when needed because concerns of past side effects. Eventhough my nerve pain has continued two years later and another bout of shingles I have been able to manage the pain with Horizant.”
“Prescribed for nerve pain following shingles after crippling left hand side pain that did not respond to standard analgesia. two unexpected beneficial side effects have occurred. My long term and almost permanent anxiety ( we are talking 35 years ) has been greatly reduced. The problem that I had following a transient ischamic attack some five years prior where my bodies idea of the spacial position of my left leg via external stimulus did not agree with my visual perception and viewing my leg caused a strange spacial readjustment where the leg shifted four inches to the left but in reality stayed still. My visual acuity also improved as if everything was lit by stage lighting.”
“I have been prescribed this drug twice for Trigeminal neuralgia . 4 years ago and I weighed 310 pounds. I took this drug with seemingly no help. The pain went away totally one day. No clue was given. It, ( the pain), has returned with a vengeance. I am on a 600mg 3 times a day and cannot even talk without a painful shock to my face. My face feels like the dentist hit a nerve in a tooth. Wind, water, a wrong touch and I am knocked to my knees, seriously. What is a better choice. The pain has got to stop.”
“My GP prescribed Neurontin to treat pain from PHN, increasing to 1800mg per day. After 6 weeks I find it does reduce pain to some extent and I am able to get a reasonable sleep. Side effects include ringing in ears and tingling in feet and hands, but I can put up with this. I was previously taking Lyrica but experienced very nasty side effects and had to be weaned off it.”
“I came down with "Shingles" a little over 2 weeks ago, was put on anti viral drugs, this helped in fading the rash, still there but has faded, problem now is the pain, its in the rash area,its pain full, 24/7, was first given Tramadol,to many side effects, then Hydrocodon acetaminophen, this helped a little, but not much, then regular asprin, helped some, but pain is at the point can't sleep more then 2 hrs, called back to my Dr, now its Gabapentin, for nerve pain, i just took first dose last night, so really its to early to see if this will help, sure hope so!.”
“I'm on 300mg 3x a day. It's my lifesaver for neuropathy and restless legs. It allows me to sleep at night. I find the only side effect is increased appetite.”
“I am on Gabapentin for nerve damage due to chemotherapy. I am now up to 600mg 3 times a day. I am not having a lot of relief and have a lot of dizziness, joint pain headaches, and unsteadiness.”
“It relaxes me so that I no longer hold my upper body rigid and the pain is lessened. I am able to get much needed REM sleep.”
“Do not like the weight gain.”
“I had pain in my head with shingles. After taking one pill the pain went away, the next day I went to work for a few hours.”
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