Neurontin and urinary retention

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It sometimes but not always makes me drowsy. Not a problem as I take it before bedtime. I am noticing some urinary retention as I have gradually titrated up to the 125 mg dose (started at 25mg). Not a major issue so far but something I am carefully monitoring, due to increased risk of UTI. I have had zero noticeable side effects from gapapentin. It has never made me drowsy/loopy, including when I first started taking it to working my way up to the very high max dose.
I've coupled this first with amitriptyline, and when the urinary retention became an ongoing problem, recently swtiched to a very similar drug, nortriptyline, with a lesser side effect profile. I did try to wean off of it altogether, again to test if is really doing anything for me, and I noticed a major increase in my hand pain when I did, so I'm back on 50mg at night. It occasionally causes some sleepiness, not severe, though I do stick to a nighttime dose only.
Symptoms include urinary frequency, urgency, hesitancy, and incontinence. Retention or the inability to empty the bladder completely increases the risk for, and the frequency of, urinary tract infection. Bowel Dysfunction: Constipation is common in patients with MS and is often aggravated by the patients’ reluctance to drink water because of associated urinary problems. Constipation can be prevented by adequate fluid intake and a high fiber intake.
My question is, what antidepressant would be effective, and not cause anxiety, as the Prozac, and other SSRI's have done? Also, can Neurontin cause urinary retention? Thank you for your help!
I then started seeing a neurologist and had an EMG and NCV study and both came back normal. I then recieved 4 cortisone injections and it didnt work. After my orthopedic said he couldn't help me anymore he referred me to pain management. I recieved an cervical epidural on Septmber 21st...... and that didnt work either(that doctor told me after the 3rd epidural that i would need surgery).I did not go through with anymore epidurals because my parents wanted another opinion.
I've got pain radiating down my left buttocks and leg into the back and underside of my heel. I've had an issue over the last few months of urinary retention. My DO has had me on Neurontin, Flexeril and has also prescribed Oxycontin (which doesn't agree with me. I can't be sedated all the time as I'm trying to finish my last 2 months of school before I graduate.
- Diarrhoea, Dry mouth, Indigestion, Nausea, Vomitting, Abdominal pain, Wind, Appetite changes, Swollen/bleeding gums, Weight gain, High blood pressure, Water retention, Dofficulty breathing, Cough, Sleep disturbance, Headache, Blocked nose, confusion, Depression, Dizziness, Anxiety, Amnesia, Staggering, Hostility, Pins & needles, Flu symtoms, Tremor, Numbness, Impotence, Urinary incontinence, rash, Itching, Low white blood cell count and acne.
after 4 months of suffering my pain vanished almost completely in July-August 2010. Lots of rest, swimming in ocean, relax+ amytriptilin and Neurontin. Then, back in the Oct/Nov 2010 slow very mild relapses. In Janauray I had more significant relaps after playing tennis 2 or 3 times. Then I tried so called shock acustic wave, because I my doctor persuated me that strained groin is the reason behind. Since then the pain is 100% worse. I guess that neuralgia of pudendus might be the culprit.
What I want to know is if there is anyone out there on Lyrica that is having a urinary/kidney problem? My lower back have really hurt now for a few days and nothing is helping. It hurts to walk. I try to drink a lot of water daily as I don't drink soda. It has been increasingly difficult to urinate. The urge is there but I have to push on the bladder to achieve any results - sounds fun-huh? Somewhere I read that Lyrica does this to some people.
It does have anticholinergic side effects (dry mouth, drowsiness, urinary retention) and it can interact with many other medications. Neurontin does not have any benefit for depression or anxiety, but it has shown to be effective for nerve pain, but a patient must take Neurontin for at least 3-4 weeks before it begins to work. I suggest that you talk to your doctor about what he/she feels is the best option for you.
10mg four times a day, up to 100mg a day total. But be careful because it can cause urinary retention. 2.Neurontin, initially marketed as an antiseizure med, it's now used for nerve pain. Start at 300mg a day and titrate upwards to 3000-4000mg a day. Makes you sleepy 3.Steroids, IV or orally. Need to talk to your doctor about this, but this is the latest (though not brand new) treatment to gain attention recently.May be best for you. 4.Tegretol, another seizure med that can help dull the pain.
All the blood work done did not point to a cause-it was all negative (as you probably know, many things can cause autonomic neuropathy-diabetes, MG, scleroderma, Sjogren's, cancer, celiac disease, etc.). My Tilt table test, test for urinary retention, and SNIF test (for diaphragm paralysis), however, were all negative but my QSART showed that I had hypohidrosis of the left leg--apparently left over from the long-ago Horner's syndrome where I lost the sweating function on left side of my body.
I've tried Neurontin, Elavil, Neurontin/Elavil combo, Lyrica, Sativex, and Cesamet. I think that covers it. I'm back almost to square one with the Neurontin/Elavil combo due to side effects of the other three (weight gain and dry mouth, mouth ulcers and yucky taste, and intoxication, respectively). I used to take 75 mg Elavil at night only, due to the drowsiness it sometimes induces.
Regarding your bladder, we have not found anything else that what you have done (self-cathing or suprapubic catheter) when there is a significant urinary retention. The treatment of your bowel problem will depend upon the results of examination and tests. Fatigue can be treated for itself, for example with Amantadine or Cylert. Burning pain and tingling can also be relieved, for example with Neurontin, Amitriptyline, or Tegretol.
And I'm quite sensitive to medication, Gabapentin caused me to hallucinate and have violent mood swings, and I've been on Elavil in the past, for pain and depression, but that caused urinary retention.
3 yrs ago sent to a neurologist and dx w/Trigeminal neuralgia and hemi-facial spasm - developed pins and needles left side at this time and, was also dx as having urinary retention and frequency - Neurologist ordered ehanced MRI which showed lesion in right lobe. Follow up 1 year MRI confirmed 3 smaller lesions in this area.
I have been to about 30 doctors- including ENT's allergists, neurologists, chiropracters, opthamologists. psychologists, dentists and everything else u can think of. All CT scans, MRI of brain and blood work keep coming back clean and ok. Nothing I try seems to work. There was a period of time about 3 and a half years ago that the symptoms lifted for about 4 months and then it returned full force.
For me the worst side effects are dry mouth and urinary retention. I don't notice any effect at all on my state of mind. I've never been depressed nor taken a med like this in the past. Generally the dose of amitriptyline prescribed for pain is much less than that which used to be prescribed for depression, hence the effect on mood/affect should be minimal if at all.
I was put on nortriptylline and neurontin and he gave me Vicodin which I took as needed..say, 30 a month.... And I have seen him every month.. Now I take lyrica which I tried to go off of 6 months ago.( thyroid problems I did not know about then made me think I was losing it because of all meds). but stabbing eye pain and neuropathy terrible so am back on it..
My husband had begun developing peripheral neuropathy approx 4 yrs ago. His doctor simply stated that his circulation was good & did not diagnose the neuropathy or treat it. A different physician later did diagnose. He has had nerve conduction tests, anodyne therapy, was tried on neurontin, lyrica - both with no positve effect & some neg. side effects.
My new symptoms are urinary retention and it's very bad to the point where I have to push so hard just to go pee. Also. At the same time this happened I also started getting severe muscle twitches and my whole body will shake in my sleep. Where my arms go numb it is very tight there very hard. Also in my legs too and they also go numb. I have had my face also go numb. Yes I have had a MRI on spine and brain with nothing showing up. All of my blood test are normal.
The doctors often seem like they have never heard of it, but a week or two on a forum like this and you will hear it mentioned a lot! The urinary and bowel symptoms are also common and should be evaluated. They can do evoked potentials on the bladder or urethra. The cognitive stuff is classic. You have listed the typical cognitive deficits usually seen in MS (you haven't been reading a textbook have you?
Hi All, My neurologist has mentioned that anti-depressants might alleviate the (undiagnosed) symptoms that bother me the most. I have some questions and thoughts about pros and cons, and would be happy to hear what others think, or may have experience with. I've been through the standard tests, and I am told that there is no answer for WHY I get tingling/numbness/dull burns, etc, but that anti-depressants may help STOP these things.
Dysuria, enuresis, nocturia, urinary retention Musculoskeletal: Muscle weakness, pains Miscellaneous: Dehydration, general deterioration, fever, lymphadenopathy, weight loss or gain Hematopoietic: Anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, eosinophilia Hepatic: Hepatomegaly, transient elevations of serum transaminases and alkaline phosphatase these are all side effects of klonopin it is possible that this drug could have caused inflamation of the liver at the posterior lobes(which would be unde
Gastroparesis (slowed stomach emptying)-mine was severe on scan--is a hallmark of autonomic failure and so is urinary retention. I wondered if you had either. But I was tested for the urinary retention at Mayo and the test was normal (which I knew it would be since I have mild urge incontinence now. From everything I can find on this, retention (inability to pee) is a hallmark of autonomic failure, not urge incontinence.
Thank you for your time. I have had complete urinary retention for four years. Sometimes termed neurogenic bladder, sometimes termed atonic. I self cath. I am late thirties and female. Three births. Hysyerectomy this year because of severe pain after a conization left the cervix too narrow for normal menstruation. I am left with one ovary. I also have what are termed by different Dr.'s as temporal lobe seizures, migraine-epilepsy syndrome and basilar migraine.
In fact my tilt table, SNIF test, and test for urinary retention (I knew that one wouldn't show anything!) were all normal. The only abnormal testing was the sudomotor/QSART test. Apparently I still have hypohidrosis on the left side of my body (residual I assume from the past Horner's). I wasn't even aware that I still sweat less on the left side, as the Horner's ended 14 years ago, but the test picked it up. I was very surprised. Now they know I wasn't imagining the Horner's.
There is a disease in older patients (usually over 60) called normal pressure hydrocephalus which is characterized by urinary incontinence, mental decline, and gait instability. This is treated with meds such as diamox, shunting, or serial lumbar taps. Also, the location and size of the arachnoid cysts are important as they can be pushing on your brain if they are large enough which could explain some of your symptoms. These issues all need to be addressed with CT and possibly an MRI.
Only I didn't develop an optic neuritis, I did have severe shaking, a high fever and urinary retention. This second incident, the spinal tap showed increased lymphocytes, protein, albumin and a slightly elevated myelin basic protein. I tested negative for Lyme's among other conditions that they can test for at that time. Since then I have had a couple more minor optic neuritis incidents, with a separate incident in my right eye. However, all my brain and spinal MRIs have been clean.
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