Gabapentin uses and side effects

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293157 tn?1285877039 I guess if the pain increases as I go off the gabapentin, this will tell me it was helping more than I realized. I have no side effects from the gabapentin, even at such a high dose. I do find the 50mg amitriptyline makes me very drowsy, and may need to scale it back to 40mg if this side effect continues.
Avatar f tn I was initially on 300 mg 3X per day but it made me very lethargic so neuro reduced to 100. I have been reading about the side effects and regardless of the dose, balance, gait, and coordination are listed as being impacted. Many people have commented that anything less than 1200 mg per day will not improve trigeminal nerve. My face is numb, but I am not in any pain. It is more of an annoyance; however this dosage really does not help me.
Avatar f tn Neurontin is an epilepsy drug--it has a number of "off-label" uses and one is chronic pain. The Elavil at nite is for pain management and anxiety. Of the two GABA is the drug with the most serious side effects--like Steven-Johnson syndorme--so you really should educate yourself and learn about the drugs and then find out for yourself if you want to take this medication. Do the benefits outweigh the risks of this medication?
Avatar f tn 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 n tn of these devistating and unwanted side effects due to Neurontin. If WE KNOW ABOUT IT, SURELY THEY MUST!!!!!!!!
Avatar f tn I am so sick of the false sense of well being and the apathy vicodin addiction has caused in my life. Seems there is a LOT of side effects for many users of gabapentin so aftraid of doubling the misery. Some people have offered me ultram but I have heard horror stories of getting off that if I were to start using it instead of vicodin. I hope I can get clean and stay off the pain relievers...I do not even want to see the doctor at least not yet.I know he uses suboxene (sp?
Avatar n tn What is peripheral neuropathy and how is it related to chemotherapy (Interferon)? The body's nervous system is divided into two major systems; the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is also divided into two major parts, the somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system.
453029 tn?1205955019 It worked wonders for me, I am taking it for anxiety, its great. Notha daying ever helped me for 15 years, Gapapentin, I am taking (4), 300 mg.
1168718 tn?1464987135 My symptons are still there, and I don't know if the Gabapentin is helping them or not, and I have been on it for sometime now. Like I said before, my Dr's aren't very with it, and I have to be my own advocate. So, I was just questioning if that seemed like alot we all know, some days and good and some are not.
Avatar f tn Neurontin is the brand name gabapentin is marketed under by Pfizer. It's an anti-convulsant and is approved to treat epilepsy and some neuropathic pain. From what I understand, it works by leveling out some of the peaks and valleys of brain energy, like a little Zamboni inside your head. Because of this, it has many other uses, as well. In fact, 90% of gabapentin sales are off label. What does "off label" mean?
634733 tn?1316629592 Pat, I, too, have taken gabapentin. It worked well for the pain and pins and needles tingling. I was slowly worked up to 900 mg/day. I did not gain weight on it. When Lyrica came out I was switched to that for better has a longer half-life. Eventually the dose of Lyrica caused more brain fog than it was worth. When I stopped it I suppose it was during a remission because I didn't have any pain for several months.
Avatar f tn well the first thing to remember about recovery is you DONT take a pill to get there....this drug is just that a drug and like most drugs it has side effects it is perscribed for nerve pain and also for sleep...the sleep thing is a side effect...the best way to get clean is just that clean= no drugs.... we need to get use to the fact that we dont need to run to a pill every time we dont feel like this or that that is what got us into this mess in the first place...........
Avatar m tn But the dog is still adjust to the meds, and the side effects and the question remain. If anyone out there has had this issue and does know the answer, I'd appreciate your response. I'm just interested in any anecdotal evidence of how long to expect side effects to last.
Avatar f tn The risk/benefit assessment if you take into account the placebo effect, and all the side effects, may make prescribing Gabapentin for fibro, a questionable practice A friend of mine took it a couple years ago and gained a ton of weight- weight gain is one of the possible side effects-among dizziness, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, increased risk of suicide and other. I think a safer natural alternative maybe to take supplements to boost your own GABA production.
Avatar f tn I don't know about the leg and arm cramps after taking the Vit D, that may be the side effects I was wondering about, so thank you for the information. Take care.
Avatar n tn com though obviously for type 1 insulin should not be used to replace insulin though can be used succesfully to complement it. Let us not forget that it the high and lows that cause diabetic side effects, if one can keep the range of BG within the aforementioned ranges, the risk of complications tend to zero or at least decrease considerably.
1255505 tn?1272822715 CrazyMeds has a LOT of info about psych meds, and has the full complete info sheets (the ones doctors use) that contain dosage information for different uses. It also has forums and info about really weird rare side effects of meds. Their forums might even already have something about this issue.
382218 tn?1341185087 It is made in Englad but their NHS will not cover the cost. I find some irony that the side effects of MM and Sativex are the very same common complaints we have with MS - "The most common side effects with Sativex are dizziness and tiredness. Some people may also feel depressed or confused, may feel over-excited or lose touch with reality, may have difficulties with memory or trouble concentrating and may feel sleepy or giddy (1)." -
12832842 tn?1448732401 I do recommend before you start really worrying about antidepressant or their side effects, you seriously consider giving CBT a good try first and IF an antidepressant is additionally recommended, you discuss your concerns about antidepressants with your doctor and then make your decision. Hugs........
984010 tn?1255799738 I tried all those too, they didn't work or I couldn't handle the side effects. But all my doctors first told me to be patient because it would take a while to find the right combination of meds that would work. It has taken 1 year and 3 months for me and now I'm finally getting relief. Even my lab work has all returned back to negative. Most of us with any autoimmune disease have alot of pain. Take your pain meds when your in pain.
Avatar n tn At first the depression seemed to get worse for a couple of weeks but my doctor encouraged me to try and stick out the side effects as most side effects subside after several weeks of introducing a new medication to your body. He also explained that Topamax is a mood stabalizer and I really needed to give it a fair chance before throwing in the towel. He had a hunch it may help with my depression as well... I am so happy I was able to be patient.
Avatar f tn apparently states that MRI's may not be preformed safely if you have a Harrington Rod implanted. However they there is an MRI machine that uses .3 Tesla magnets and these are apparently approved for the use when the patients has Harrington Rods implanted. So you may have to search for a facility that utilizes this machine to have an MRI. I encourage you to keep looking for a orthopedic Surgeon that will have some answers. I know that this can be frustrating.
Avatar n tn The medication Neurontin (gabapentin) may be helpful. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and eat well. Support your immune system as much as possible. And EDUCATE YOUR DOCTORS. If they're not suffering, they're not likely to just spontaneously look into it. Tell them to check the Merck Manual, for pete's sake.
Avatar n tn So, she put me on Metronidazole pills 2x a day for 7 days and Metronidazole gel every night injected into the vagina. Then the side effects started. Constant headache, dizziness and feeling terrible. Went off the pills after 3 days since these side effects are listed on the paperwork. But continued with the gel. One more night to go and today the burning is back again. It's never been terrible burning, just uncomfortable.
503727 tn?1210442710 I just started taking Celexa (again) after 2 years of being off it, and have some of the side effects, dizzyness, major sleep problems, and some nausea. they are slowly going away, but you have to remember that they are more present at the beggining and will soon go away, and then you will start to feel better, it may take a few weeks, to over a month, but just give it a chance.
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Avatar n tn I had cervical fusion C2-C6, March 2005 for pain on left side, headaches and numbness and tingling and other neurological problems. Was feeling pretty good after the surgery, went through some PT, but quit because I can do the same stretching at home, and I really didn't think it was doing me any good. About 2 months ago the pain has returned on my right side and having severe pain running down back and arm. Few days ago, right arm has started to have uncontrollable tremors.
544292 tn?1268886268 I'm not planning on turning over my life or health to ANY doctor again. Not after this last 5 years of horrible side effects. Honestly, it was as if they just didn't care. I was treated with such cavalier ignorance that it makes me feel a little bit sick for people who can't stand up for themselves and who can't get off Tramadol. I'm a smart woman, but I detoxed off EVERYTHING else, before even considering that Tramadol might be my problem. It never ever occurred to me. EVER.