Neurontin for ms

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I live in France and finding it hard to get my neuro to tell me what he thinks the problem is, and why the course of Neurontin is for 6 months. My itching, spasm/cramps, pain is better, but I still have "flare ups" and my fatigue is just really bad. Do you think this could be MS? I think I could 'fight' this better if I had some idea of these bizzare symptoms. Thank you for reading.
Neurontin (brand name for gabapentin) helps with nerve pain. It is very commonly used in MS. Another med for this purpose is Lyrica. If one doesn't work or the side efffects are too much, then the other can be tried, but the two are very similar. Hope this helps.
I take it for nerve pain from MS, and it works pretty well. The max acccepted dosage is 3600 mg/day, which is a lot. Many MSers take that much, and I haven't heard of reactions like those described. Of course, everyone is different. If you can't tolerate Neurontin (gabapentin), you might try Lyrica. That made me gain weight like mad, but once again, your mileage may vary.
Hello, I have been on Neurontin for several years now, which has worked wonders for my symptoms. Yes, the top dose of Neurontin is 3600 mg. I suggest you talk with your physician about possibly increasing your dose gradually until a dose such that you feel symptom relief. My neurologist had stated that (Lyrica) is a medication that is (6 times stronger) than Neurontin. The only reason that I did not switch to Lyrica is because of cost probably around $40. Neurontin generic is $4.
I am so sorry for your pain. I have taken Neurontin and it really did nothing for my pain but there are also some people that it has changed their lifes so it really depends on the person. A few people on here take it and it works great for them so I am hoping they will reply to your post. Plus the side effects for me was really bad, I couldn't handle them, my nerve dr wanted me to take 1800mg a day and there was no way I could handle the side effects of that high of a dose.
Dear Ms. Williams, Neurontin is an anticonvulsant, and it is not normally prescribed as a front-line treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It may be that your son has been diagnosed with a condition alongside the ADHD. Have you discussed this with the prescribing physician?
I have been taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) for a while now. I have never heard of it rx'd for a sleeping aide though..Unless I am reading your message wrong. It does NOT make me tired nor groggy feeling. Not to say that it might not and others. Usually this rx is prescibed for Pain specifically Neuropathic pain. I hope this works for you. Let us know how it goes.
This second episode is happening now - I began Neurontin about 1 month ago for nerve pain. My doctor started me at 300mg once a day, but after 3 days I began having vertigo and tingling so they dropped the dosage down to 100mg. After taking the 100mg for about 10 days, the anxiety began. It was so bad that I stopped taking the Neurontin. The side effects (vertigo & tingling) got better. The anxiety has gotten better, but not gone completely away.
And if it doesn't work after the prescribed amount of time, go back to your doctor or get another opinion. Neurontin (or any med) may be excellent for someone else with your pain but may not work on you. Our bodies and brains are EXTREMELY different and it isn't wise to take non-MD suggestions.
I take 5 different medicines and only pay $135 a month for all of them. 60 MS Contin 30mg 60 MS Contin 15mg 240 a month of OxyIR 5mg 60 Flexeril 30 Ambien All generic... I do agree that it's good after checking with the Dr. to check out other ways to handle the same prescription...That's why I don't do 10mg Roxi because two 5mgs are less expensive.. I always suggest people call around to every Pharmacy and ask the cost of your medicine. Thanks for your post!
I took Neurontin for nerve problems also but it made me nutty so the doctor gave me Gabitril. I don't know if it can help in your situation but it would be worth asking a doctor about. Hope that helps.
I'm debating on whether or not I should call her or my PCP or start looking going to another neuro or a MS specialist. I sort of think that for as mild as my MS, I shouldn't really be having this many issues. I feel like if I could get the right med combo, I could really get on the right track to getting back on track to getting back to mostly normal.
I was taking up to 1800 mg a day and in my case it was causing me to have seizures. I was put on neurontin for pain maintience and then I started having seizures, they also found brain lesions but nothing has been done for me so far. I was advised by a neurologist in Tx, I live in VA, that when I got home from my surgery that I should QUIT taking the neurontin. I have not had a seizure since that time. By the way these were military doctors I saw at Walter Reed and Wilford Hall.
For those of you who take Gabapentin (Neurontin): Just curious what side effects you have experienced (and at what dosage), and how long they lasted? I just started this last weekend, 300mg once a day at bedtime. I am having a really hard time waking up in the morning and for the first half of the day I feel a little "loopy" or my head feels "swimmy"....if that makes any sense.....
If your Neurologist was not a MS Specialist and he is leaning towards MS you might try a MS Specialist.
I didn't need that Therapist! MS is being used frequently as dx. Stress makes every illness worse. Meds. for anxiety help sometimes. I hope my story helps. Doing something lessons frustration. Find a listener or move on. My Dr. retired & my name is out there. No one wants me. I have to go back to passive for awhile. Good luck!
I have been dealing with numerous symtoms of MS for years (at least 15 years), though I didn't realize this until recently. Fatique and muscle weakness has taken me to my GP on many occasions thru the years, with no answers. I have always been very active and did much physical activity so muscle weakness at some times was thought caused by work. Three years ago while on my riding mower cutting grass, I had sudden blurred vision and almost a prism effect start in my right eye.
I agree with the others re: the seriousness of this symptom if left unchecked. However before I would get too concerned, try scaling back on the Neurontin with your dr's okay; if the symptom resolves, and returns when you up your dose, obviously that is the cause. If so, ask your dr re: alternatives to Neurontin to address whatever symptom you're taking it for. I've been taking that med for > 3 years for neuropathic pain in my extremties, worst in my left hand.
I've had MS for 25 years and for 20 of those years was fine. In the last year I have had two excerbations and have suffered declining neurologic function. My leg pain was getting worse and the tingling/numb feet were permanent. My neurologist recently prescribed Neurontin relatively low dose. I started 300/mg at bedtime for 7 days and then added 300/mg in the a.m. At first, the bedtime dose knocked me out but as the days wore on I did not react as badly. Then the daylight dose started.
Has any one heard of or experienced being on Cymbalta and/or Neurontin and where the side effects suddenly became MS like symptoms after being on them for a year?
I've been on 1800 mg neurontin for 4-5yrs now...but its no longer working as it once did..and I have been using 2100mg (on my own) for a few weeks now but think I need even higher dose...so will mention to my doctor when I get rx refilled. My question is: Is there anyone that has been on this med for a long time and at a high dose? And what are the side effects of long term high doses? (other than the generically silly ones they give on some sites)...I want PERSONAL experiences..
No, neurontin is not classified as a narcotic, but rather as an anti-seizure med which also happens to help with pain (mostly nerve). e.g., I've been prescribed neurontin in the past for migraines/headaches, but I was too scared to take it after reading about the side effects. My cousin has been on it for a long time -- he has MS. Regardless, it is not a narcotic. ~K.
It may not work for you ...but it has been a godsend for me...good luck! I tried Neurontin...it made my head go numb...BUT I know lots who do great on it...
OK, so I picked up my prescription for Neurontin and noticed in the pt info that one of the potential side effects is DOUBLE VISION. How ironic. So now I'm reluctant to start them until I can discuss this with my neurologist. I have had double vision for 4 and a 1/2 months now, and the last thing I need is anything that my halt my progress or make things worse. For those of you who take/took Neurontin, did this cause double vision for any of you?
Hi, I too, am on Neurontin for my pain and problems. I posted earlier. I have muscle cramps, spasms and numbness all over my body,but especially when I walk. I was prescribed many other meds that made me Very ill. I have been on Neurontin for about 4 months now, and I find it is helping with the general all over pain, but I still hurt when I walk. I also have 'attacks' when I hurt like He&* all over and just want to stay in bed.
The MS-Contin is a continual sustained action (works over so many hours), Methadone is similar, but the MSIR is immediate release for those times when pain is so terrific that you need help right now! I take neurontin, ms-contin and the msir for my paralysis and tumor pain. Your mother takes a mere 800 mgs per day. Any more, due to her side effects, would be the ultimate no no. This is why I mentioned the other meds. It could be that 800 mgs is too strong for your mothers system.
I really like the combination of the two drug and I think the long acting drugs have less dips in blood levels for pain to crop up. When you have been on neurontin for a while it might be good to ask your doctor.
) hee hee. Anyone with MS taking this and has it helped? Hope you all are well!
My doc put me on Neurontin for pain, I took 300mg a night for a few weeks with no side effects (my doc wants to work me up to 600mg). Then after taking it for a while I would get extremely dizzy and weak, have diarrhea, and feel like I was going to puke. This lasted for four weeks (as it took me a while to realize why I was sick). I lost over 15 pounds in that time.
Hey guys well I finally got brave enought to try Neurontin for the burning in my feet. Well to my suprise I had NO side effects. I took the first dose at bedtime and slept really good and woke up feeling refreshed. Then took another one the next night... same thing. Well I was prescribed to take up to three a day as needed. So today I took one during the day. Well I don't know what it is but I'm feeling horrible.
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