Gabapentin and insomnia

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Hello I also am on gabapentin and have been for years. I stared out on lyrica and was placed on gabapentin because of side effects of lyrica.I currently take 800 mgs 4 times a day. This is because of scare tissue and nerve damage from a second cervical spine surgery.I was left in chronic pain and have radiculophy in arm and hand.Gabapentin is just one of many meds I am forced to take to deal with pain.
Hello, I am still trying to get a diagnosis, going to Cleveland Clinic the end of the month. I am now experiencing leg, feet, hand and arm spasms, pain and tightness at night. Alot of nights it wakes me up, can't get back to sleep, Some nights I can't even get to sleep. I am taking 600 mg of Gabapentin at bedtime, take 300 during the day. I am always tired even if I don't take it or if I get a good nights sleep, I am still always tired.
It has now been 45 hours since my last dose of gabapentin and the withdrawals are horrible. I had to remind myself what the withdrawal symptoms of gabapentin were so I didn't think I was losing my mind. I really hope these symptoms go away soon, they are terrible. Anyone else have experience with getting off gabapentin and how long their withdrawals lasted is appreciated. I did not quit cold turkey but did have a short taper. I had to get the poison out of my body.
She referred me to a pain management doctor and physical therapist and also gave me a prescription for Gabapentin (100mg...take 100mg at night for 5 days, then 200mg a night for 5 days then 300mg a night). Has anyone taken it and found it helpful? Also what about the dose? So much that I am reading discusses much higher doses and talks about taking it 3 times a day. Any insight would be gratefully appreciated, thanks.
But something recently was sent to all the local hospital and doctors from our police chief warning about pill abuse and gabapentin was on the list of drugs being abused.
I am a bit worried about taking Gabapentin.....if it starts to work, and I think it might be.....(which is awesome for the day to day life), but when you're not in pain, you can forget that something is wrong! Im worried that I won't push for an answer as hard and/or something will get missed! I don't want to take this band-aid treatment for the rests of my life.....I want to get better!
Hey nailbox.(That's quite original) Welcome to the forum! Can't say that your case is unique, as two thirds (2/3rds) of patients on gabapentin will experience adverse effects. There may be some changes in your symptoms, better or worse, more or less, if you wish to stick with it. You may also want to look into Picamilon , made by combining a GABA derivative and Niacin which is sold as an OTC dietary supplement in the U.S.A. Not sure where you live.
I have had conversations about Gabapentin (and my intolerance to it) and I have learned through my own trial and error that it does take time for your body to adjust. I also know (through googling many different medications) that each time you adjust the dosage, that your body can have side effects. The side effects should get better as your body adjusts, but if they don't, you should definitely talk to your doctor about it.
cant sleep hit my head.................
About a year ago, maybe more I stopped taking norco. I then started to rely on gabapentin and lyrica. All legit scripts. Using them for pain and a replacement drug for norco. About six months ago I just stopped because my medication that was to last 30 days was gone in 6 or 7. Yikes.....not a horrible wd but longer than norco. About 9-10 days. But a wd all the same. I wouldn't take it for longer than two weeks and only as needed to treat anxiety and insomnia. NOT A REPLACEMENT.
but I experienced side effects of high blood pressure(I had no prior history), increased in heart rate, altered my mood severely, and increased my insomnia, decreased my appetite. It was the high blood pressure and heart rate that was deciding factor for me to discontinue the medication. Savella is given in a "starter pack" with instructions to increase doseage pretty rapidly; I increased very slowly and tried continuing on a lower dose.
I try to wake up earlier, I stay busy during the day and I eat healthy and excercise 4-6 times a week. When I do fall asleep, I have very vidid dreams. What should I do???
I was started on gabapentin, 100 mg 3X a day for three days 2 100mg for three days and then 3 300 mg three time a day. After only taking three pills on the first day the pain was almost gone.
Make him stop as much as time allows to get out and stretch and walk a little. If you can't, then stand up and do some stretches in the truck. I know how awful this is. It makes the detox a thousand times worse. Just try to keep your head up and stay as positive as possible. Look at the bright side of this, no RLS and you are sleeping! That is amazing! I wanted to chop my legs off and didn't sleep for almost a week. SO, you are doing good. I'm here cheering you on from my truck!!
There are a lot of people with chronic insomnia and the common factor is Zyprexa withdrawal. Must be an explanation for that. I am thinking to report my case to FDA. Maybe they can open a research and find the cure.
Once I'm off of it, we'll see how the Lyrica does on its own--my neurologist mentioned being able to bump up Lyrica past two 75mg doses a day and/or do Lyrica and gabapentin in a combo. The other solution was to try Cymbalta.
O was put on lyrica, but insurance wldnt cover it, so I'm on gabapentin. I've been raking it for two days now, and feel a lot better, but my pain remains. If my doc would give me a stronger pain med, I think my pain wld be completelyknocked out. Yet, my Dr pretty much laughed me out of her office, saying I shld get in touch w a shrink. She thought its my amxiety causing my pain. She also told me to quit my job and go on disability! I was so upset, I just balled my eyes out in front of her.
I tried that medication for about a month, but the side effects made me very loopy and dizzy. Now that I am diagnosed with Lyme and co. and taking antibiotics, I no longer take the Neurontin or Lyrica as I want to be able to track how my symptoms are doing. It might not work for others as it did for me, just sharing that it did help me to sleep more continuously and toned down some of the tingling/burning sensations.
I have been on tylenol 3 and 300mg of gabapentin for 2 years now. I take 5 tylenols a day and also 6 gabapentins. I tried to quit by myself but I got very ill. I have 2 babies and I need help getting off the medication. I have rhumatoid arthritis.
I took it along with oxycodone and other narcotics I was on, but it was all prescribed and I wasn't abusing any of them. Gabapentin is a serious medication and you definitely shouldn't take it unless you're under a doctor's supervision. It was initially used as an anti-seizure medicine. And if you stop it abruptly, it can cause seizures.
and others I do not remember now), nothing work for me until I was prescribed gabapentin (600 mg). The gabapentin help me a little but no anymore. I am never tired, never sleepy, never hungry. I am sleeping around 2-3 hours a day after taking the gabapentin (1200mg). Mentally I am calm, never anxious, no fixed thoughts. I keep a good sleep hygiene. I eat balanced, do exercises, I always go to bed at the same time..ect but my brain never shut off.
My little girl just cant get or stay asleep. I feel so bad for her. I have rls and insomnis that I take Gabapentin for. Could my todler be going through the same thing? Please help her?
I also have a movement disorder labeled as tremors/non-epileptic seizures which also gets worse with antidepressants. The neurotin and gabapentin which should help cause me to stumble and get blurred vision. I have a hard time taking the xanax and soma as I fear addiction.... it s the only thing that lets me sleep at night. Any suggestions?
Hi there. Yes, chronic insomnia can cause dizziness and fogginess in brain especially during daytime. Consult a neurologist who could help you with insomnia management with drugs like benzodiazepines etc and behavioral therapy. Try taking up a regular exercise regimen for exhausting so that you could derive some natural sleep. If these dont help, you need to be investigated for hypothyroidism, depression and fibromyalgia. Treatment would be according to the diagnosis. Take care.
She takes omega 3, and glucosamine with chondrotin. My mother had severe clinical depression and severe anxiety disorder and many other adverse health conditions. It all came back to nexium (acid blocker) which lowered her stomach acid. Any cause of lower stomach acid (and that could be from age to hypothyroidism) will cause problems as you cannot absorb the essential nutrients needed for the neurotransmitters in the brain.
I was put on testosterone, which reduces estrogen level and all of my symptoms went away (hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, dizziness, nausea during menses, etc). So, something else to check for anyone who is having trouble figuring it out. Took 3 years for me to get it diagnosed (age 35-38). A friend of mine figured it out.
My joint and muscle pain is crippling, hot flashes, depression and insomnia severe. I think I am having a severe reaction to the progestin I am taking, can't sleep despite Ambien and can no longer manage to go to yoga. The pain is crippling and not even relieved by acucpuncture or narcotic pain relievers. Can progestin magnify menopause pain to this degree? If I tried estrogen for a short time and stopped will all the severe symptoms return?
Adverse events following the abrupt discontinuation of gabapentin have also been reported. The most frequently reported events were anxiety, insomnia, nausea, pain and sweating." I do apolgize, I never had a problem coming off of it, however differnt people have different reactions to meds.. So it is possible..
Didnt go well, and the anxiety mixed with racing thoughts and insomnia did me in. I immediately went back up to 30mg of Celexa and 500 of Depakote. Within 3-4 days was feeling better, now 2 weeks later I feel great.
I had a hysterectomy in feb 2008 and i am 35 yrs old. since my surgery i have had extreme abdominal pain, back pain, leg pain,insomnia and grion pain. My doctor really can't find anything wrong with me. He now says its neuropathic pain syndrome but I'm really not sure what to believe any more. what can i do? Please help.....
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