Gabapentin and insomnia

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Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar m tn I have been on may drugs for pain and currently on Gabapentin for vocal cord/coughing issues and leg pain (knee, calf, left side back). I don't think it is helping much. Is anyone else on Gabapentin?
Avatar f tn Paracetamol, Norflex, Naproxen Lunch: Paracetamol Dinner: same as breakfast, and add 900mg (3x300) Gabapentin. Usually the Gabapentin makes me very sleepy - head hits pillow, and I am out to it for 8 hours. Occasionally there is some sort of inverse reaction with the Gabapentin where I am wired - totally unable to sleep - but I haven't yet figured out what causes this.
7827044 tn?1399395043 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
4544656 tn?1371597148 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.
Avatar f tn 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!
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
675718 tn?1449992146 cant sleep hit my head.................
329994 tn?1301666848 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar m tn 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???
453029 tn?1205955019 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.
Avatar f tn 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!!
8798274 tn?1399992058 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.
372680 tn?1228165210 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.
Avatar n tn 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.
1573548 tn?1330460463 He asked me if I'd ever taken gabapentin and when I said no he asked why. I'd never heard of it and no other doctor had ever told me about it. It started helping me right away and it is amazing. It made me so angry that I'd been suffering in so much pain for so long and this could have changed my life so much. I would have liked to have a good time during the summer instead of laying in bed in pain and wishing I could move without hurting so much.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn severe insomnia and rls....but twice now I have decided to up the craziness and withdraw from xanax as I dont like xanax but I do liek to sleep so I would take it at night...i can tell horror stories about daily withdrawal from nightly xanax...but the comob withdrawal of xanax and thats a real treat...the anxiety is real and since I am never anxious normally I am able to recognize it for what it is ...
Avatar f tn I did take the gabapentin the first day i got it and i was very nauseous and would sway while standing and just felt weird, kind of high or dream like. I dont think i will use it again.
8798274 tn?1399992058 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.
Avatar f tn 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?
Avatar n tn 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?
Avatar m tn 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.
Avatar m tn 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.
Avatar n tn Although it is not usually a first line treatment, for patients with augmentation from mirapex or requip and little success with gabapentin, methadone is the drug of choice. Please refer to the Willis-Ekbom Foundation website for current literature. I have suffered with RLS for 40 years. I have used every medication available and numerous natural therapies, vitamin supplements et. In the end I was forced to take methadone.
Avatar f tn 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.