Gabapentin risks

Common Questions and Answers about Gabapentin risks


Avatar f tn I saw a Nurologist today who prescribed Gabapentin for Degenerative disc Disease. I was informed that surgery was out of the question because it was over a large area, wasn't very helpful and didn't really expalin why i was prescribed it. i was also prescribed amitriptyline for the night time.
Avatar m tn I can't believe how well gabapentin has worked. I've been thru the withdrawals going cold turkey 3 times in the past without anything to help. I was presribed gabapentin about a month ago for pain. It didn't help for that. I did some research on it and it is used for withdrawals. It has been 90% easier than before and trust me, I know how bad it is. The only syptoms I have had this time is I'm just a little cold and a bit of anxiety but nothing like before.
Avatar f tn A drug is usually prescribed by a doctor only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks. If you have been taking gabapentin for any specific medical condition it is advisable to avoid stopping it without consulting a doctor. Consult your doctor if any alternative medication can be started. Continue with your diet and exercise. Do keep me posted. Best wishes and regards!
1045086 tn?1332130022 Preliminary Study Describes Link Between Individual Anticonvulsants and Suicidal Behavior The anticonvulsants gabapentin, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and tiagabine carry greater risks for suicidal behavior compared with another anticonvulsant, topiramate, according to a preliminary report in JAMA. (In 2008, the FDA warned that all anticonvulsants confer heightened suicidality risk.) Using medical and pharmacy claims data, U.S.
Avatar f tn Up until I knew I was pregnant a week and a half ago I was on tramadol, gabapentin and mitazapine. Are those meds likely to have caused any problems? And are the cramp/like period pains normal?
Avatar n tn As a patient with MS, you can expect to have the same risks and side effects as other people on accutane, and these side effects and risks need to be discussed with you by your dermatologist before you start taking it. However, I would also run this by your neurologist who manages your MS just to make sure he/she feels that accutane may affect your MS in some way. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck.
Avatar m tn I am not a happy camper using gabapentin, whose risks, in my opinion, outweigh benefits. In the event of neuropathy one should also consider a mild B-6 supplement.
382218 tn?1341185087 Kantor What is your opinion of the effectiveness of each of the following meds to treat neuropathic pain in MS? - pregabalin - gabapentin - amitriptyline - nabilone - sativex Many of the forum members deal with chronic neuropathic pain. Personally I am experiencing chronic cervical myelopathy in my upper left extremities, for which I am prescribed 3600mg per day gabapentin, 50mg per day amitriptyline.
755322 tn?1330272714 This is always worse in the winter with the changing weather. Neuropathic pain is well controlled by gabapentin. I up my dose from 900 mg a day to 1200 when the fronts push through which is worse in the winter. I have regained most of the fine motor control in my hands though after the original numbing back on 08. I still cannot feel normally. Over all I am in a much better place.
Avatar n tn what is the risks of using Marijuana with the medications for Epilepsy and occasional use of meth
Avatar f tn ESI no help, steroids, massage, PT, acupuncture and meds not helping. Lidocaine parches were no help, 1200mg gabapentin per day takes pain from 9 to 7. Cannot work, sleep or exercise normally due to weakness. Dropping things constantly with right arm. I am scared of narcotic pain meds but cannot live like this, pain is constant and about to make me lose my mind! Please tell me what next step should be.
Avatar f tn I believe that Shane answered an earlier post on meds and it covered similar meds. I was rx'd gabapentin and it is also an anti depressant med...... See the post that was moved from the Health Pages!!
921312 tn?1351081513 yep thats the name and thanks for the heds up dr said something about possable brain infiction not something i want seeing as how u cant cure it then he said a nother drug named Gabapentin any words on this one all help and info welcome thanks good luck and God bless.bye for now.
Avatar f tn However, people generally get relief with medication like carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), topiramate, phenytoin, or gabapentin. In some cases, surgery may be recommended, either to relieve the pressure on the nerve or to selectively damage it in such a way as to disrupt pain signals from getting through to the brain. Unfortunately, you may be on medication for years and have to live with it.
Avatar f tn If you, your physician, and pain specialist decide that the current combination is the best pain regimen, make sure you monitor closely for risks for seizures, breathing problems, and falls, especially with your other medical conditions, i.e. COPD, high blood pressure, and post-ACL reconstruction. To optimize your medication regimen, I would recommend you and your provider to review your medication list with a pharmacist: 1. Pain management: hydrocodone (in combination with acetaminophen?
Avatar n tn For instance, discuss alternatives to estrogen for hot flashes such as soy, black cohosh, relaxation techniques, progesterone, and gabapentin. Do the same for your achy joints and muscles, reduced libido and foggy thoughts. Perhaps you are sleeping less well and need assistance with that. Most importantly, talk with your doctor about how your symptoms are affecting your life. Discuss the risks and the benefits of estrogen and what risk you are willing to take.
Avatar m tn My heart goes out to you as I know it is difficult to see those we love struggle with daily chronic pain, especially when they are so young. There are often high risks with Chiari Surgery. I am sorry that your son did not have a positive outcome. Additionally complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition that can be difficult to treat. I do not want to sound judgemental. You stated "we" want him to stay away from opiates.
Avatar m tn surgery is not usually recommended doctors like to do 'nerve block injections' (read alot abt first) physiotherapy decompression (usually done by a chiropractor) and/or medications for the pain I am doing the physio at home with excersises, I've declined the nerve block d/t side effects risks. I've been on a medication called gabapentin for 5 yrs now, this is an anticonvulsant that works on nerve related pain and this helps alot!
Avatar n tn This test will evaluate for large fiber neuropathies. Treatment for neuropathic pain includes medications such as gabapentin and pregabalin, and medications such as elavil (which is an antidepressant but has actually been found to be helpful with neuropathic pain as well). These medications must be prescribed by a physician and titrated slowly. Before starting any medication, the risks must be weighed against the benefits of the medication.
Avatar n tn My husband who is 59 has had numerous strokes the first in 1999 but has now for 10 years had Central Post Stroke Pain. He has tried everything, Pre-gababalin did not help, Gabapentin in the beginning helped he is on 2700 a day, but does not help, he has amitriptyline which generally makes him feel terrible gave it a try but ended up like a zombie so does not take anymore. He is takes duloxetine for depression 60mg a day.
Avatar m tn I am guessing that that is perhaps one of the procedures that will be offered. There are also pain medications such as lyrica or gabapentin that helps with the pain associated with nerve damage. These are in a class of medicines call anticonvulsants. So these might be offered as well. They will definitely perform an exam and ask you where the pain is to identify the location of the damaged nerves so they can nix them.
335728 tn?1331418012 Acupuncture Risks by Mayo Clinic staff The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner. Possible side effects and complications include: Soreness, bleeding or bruising at the needle sites Internal organ injury, particularly to the lungs, if the needles are pushed in too deeply Infectious disease, such as hepatitis, contracted from reused needles Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture or for particular types of acupuncture.
645390 tn?1338558977 She said that she thinks they need to take Lyrica and some other med to quit smoking off the market. Or let the patients know ALL the risks to these meds. Lyrica can lead to a very bad depression and high suicidal thoughts. 2 of her pts. committed suicide while they were on this med. (granted I know she is a psychologist...and most pts. most likely see her for some sort of depression/anxiety.
Avatar m tn Lower doses don't seem to carry the risks I know about. Some supplements that help with parasthesia and peripheral neuropathy, which are common with fibro are: alpha lipoic acid and Acetyl L Carnitine. If you use the latter, make absolutely sure your doctor is aware and approves of it. These are antioxidants.
Avatar m tn Right now the 300mg a.m. and 300mg p.m. seem to be doing the trick. Just hoping the fogginess goes away. Today it seems as though it hasn't lasted as long. I'd like to stay low dose as long as it's working which it appears to be. I am taking the Gabapentin (generic form). My insurance insists on generic unless otherwise noted. I have also been on Avonex for 9 years.
Avatar f tn I wonder if I should bring it up with the PM when I speak with them?
5196591 tn?1365166315 I use to be a heroin addict and have been on subutex! I am also on a low dose of xanax because of my severe anxiety! I take Gabapentin for pain since its a non narcotic....On top of it all I have asthma and I am smoking!!!!!! I see a specialist and she says everything looks perfect but how can I be sure? Should I go into rehab????
Avatar f tn Ask your Dr(s) about Gabapentin.(Called that in Canada) It is intended for epilepsy and is now Rx for chronic pain. It blocks the bodys ability to send a pain signal to the brain. I was on it for 2 years for herniated disks in my neck but had to go off it immediately w my 1st baby as it can cause severe birth defects. Still a great option 4 those not in the pregnancy zone of life. I was pain FREE for 2 years.
Avatar f tn Also, you need at least one second opinion, and I'd seek 2 or more until I had a thorough understanding of the condition of my back, the risks and benefits of surgery. I'd want to know the risk of increased pain from surgery. I'd want to know the odds for decreased pain. From what I read, all of your stenosis is in the mild range (lowest), which means that you can try many other treatments first.