Neurontin for pain side effects

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Avatar f tn I was on it for a short time for nerve pain, but I couldn't tolerate the side effects. If you are having trouble with it, call your doctor and let them know and they'll take you off it the best way.
Avatar f tn My mother in law took neurontin for her back. She's had several surgeries for back pain and what not. But she said it gave her really bad ummm..illusions...I can't find the word I want to use. Dang it, my brain is not working lately. But she would see things that weren't there. So she stopped taking it. My aunt in law was taking it for her fibromyalgia and something else she has, but she said it didn't work at all for her and made her sick to her stomach.
Avatar f tn I took neurontin for approx 10 years. It helped with my muscle spasms a great deal. I finally developed a tolerance to it up to the maximum recommended dosage, so switched to a different med. But it worked very well for me, with low side effects. Good luck.
Avatar m tn That is what I call Tweeks, you get tweeked and more pain for about three days to a week. I was on Neurontin and actually have myofascial pain but they thought it may have been a nerve at first. The neurontin didn't do a thing for me. I was on 1200mg/day and it took me two months to get off of it because I got insomnia and had to take benedryl to get off of it and be able to sleep. It is low on side effects except feeling tired and dumb.
630344 tn?1280108583 I'm taking the generic form, just recently resumed but have used it in the past. Neurontin is Rx-ed for nerve pain as an "off label" use, that it, treating nerve pain is not the function for which it was designed so it's not listed as a use on the manufacturer's label. It is actually an anti-seizure med, but it was found to also reduce neuropathy in patients. It is my understanding that Lyrica works much in the same way, and is a newer medication by the same company.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn I was on neurontin for nerve pain following a spinal injury and prior to surgery. It relieved my nerve pain and the side effects lessened after a few days. I didn't take the full dose though, and I stopped taking it after the surgery.
9704730 tn?1405744884 I still take 1200 mgs and there are days when I feel the strange side effects of Neurontin. Please include your prescribing dr in any discontinuance of your meds. Good Luck to you and go for it.
Avatar f tn I didn't have any severe side effects of concern, some dizziness, fatigue, nervousness and some minor nausea, all of which might have gone away in time if I had stayed on it longer. The only part that was annoying was the fact (don't know if its that way for every use) for it to work it had to be taken four times a day which was hard to remember but could be solved by keeping a pill box and/or other reminder devices.
922573 tn?1304102929 He also said that the biggest side effect is fatigue, and that I might not be able to tolerate the side effects, but it is worth a try. He said to just stop taking it if I can't tolerate it. I've been doing some research on neurontin and what I'm finding is not favorable, for the most part. Here is my concern- apparently this medication causes dizziness for many people. Well, I already have dizziness/ episodic vertigo with my disease and it causes me a lot of anxiety.
700212 tn?1240764420 My docter just prescribed me neurontin for what they are calling "nerve" pain. Have any of you ever taken it? it good or bad?...Ive heard both and Ive been trying to look it up...but I just started treatment also and I already take enough pills...but if its going to help I willtake it...My right leg has alot of nerve damage and deep scar tissue and it bothers me pretty bad...but for some reason they wont prescribe me pain meds that I can just take when Im in pain...
Avatar f tn 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.
337492 tn?1212462436 I know Neurontin is a great med for migraines and I happily thought this is a nice side benefit for me taking it for BP along with suffering migraines. I have not had one in months and the one last night was a kicker. Sorry if there are any spelling/grammer mistakes, my eyes are still way off from the headache. I go blind when I get them. Thanks!
653169 tn?1303449969 I've been told the start up side effects on Neurontin are about the same as Lyrica and it took me a little less than a week for that sleepy dopey feeling to subside, and after that I felt ABSOLUTELY normal- like I hadn't taken anything whatsoever. You are on a very SMALL dose, so you'll adjust to it quickly. I'll tell you a funny story- my first week on Lyrica- I accidentally backed out of my garage when the garage door was only half way open.
Avatar f tn Neurontin was compared with lorazepam in a recent double blind trial for alcohol withdrawal. They found that withdrawal symptoms were significantly lower with high-dose gabapentin (1200 mg/day) than with lorazepam during treatment and follow-up assessments. Compared with lorazepam, gabapentin was associated with significantly lower probability of drinking after day 1 and less daytime sedation (high-dose only), anxiety, and craving during the medication phase.
Avatar f tn From my own experience, and reading about others' experiences, and literature on doses expected to provide relief, then if I understood you correctly, that you're currently on 3,000 mg per day, I don't think Neurontin is going to work for you. I have back pain and it went away overnight with your medicine's cousin Lyrica. If I misread what you wrote, and you're just on 300mg daily, you may need some increases, as you said the doc would do, until you DO get relief.
382218 tn?1341185087 However, most likely your neuro thought that managing your condition (pain? spasticity?) outweights any potential risks of side effects of the drug. Talk to your neuro about it if you have doubts. That is always the safest way to go.
Avatar f tn both are also used for treatment of chronic pain, particularly chronic pain that is thought to arise from too much nerve activity. I have not heard patients complain of withdrawal symptoms from neurontin, although I do usually taper it off just out of caution. While the jerking of your body might be related to suddenly stopping the medication, it is hard to see the numbness as related-- at least not as a direct effect.
Avatar n tn could you tell me what kind side effects have neurontin depakote? Can this madication call me depression or other mental stuff?
Avatar f tn // Gabapentin can cause side effects that may impair your vision or reactions. Can cause rapid back and forth movement of your eyes. The definition for this can be found here. You may want to ask your doctor about Lyrica. It is more expensive but if it works for you it may be worth the extra expense.
Avatar m tn I was originally prescribed neurontin for nerve pain due to scar tissue hitting my sciatic nerve. It didn't help with the pain but after doing some research on it I found out it helps for many other things. There are rehabs that use it for detoxing. I know how you don't want to trade one drug for another. That is why I just used it for a short amount of time. It doesn't give you a buzz or the warm fuzzy feeling. So for me it wasn't addicting. Not it is not addicting but wasn't for me.
Avatar f tn I have been on Gabapentine for over 4 yrs and I must say that I have very slight side effects. I have been taking it for lower back pain (tethered cord) and neuro pains. It has been helping manage the pain.
222369 tn?1274478235 I got on it for leg pain although the pain has gone up to my back lately. The side effects were pretty extreme for me for the first 3 months, very dizzy, acting sort of drunk. But my pain was gone. I take the 3-a-day, 300 mg. I went down to 2 a day. A few months ago I went back up to 3 a day because my pain is back, but I think it is because my condition is getting worse. I recommend it. I have done a lot of research and found it is the safest thing out there and works really well.
Avatar m tn Sometimes the meds stop working and i have to try something new. Sometimes pain can only be made tolerable. Neurotin did not work for me because of side effects and another medical condition. Lyrica was great but expensive and I could not drive on iit. I do trileptal and Zanaflex, a muscle relaxant four times a day and a Butrans once a week patch for pain.
Avatar f tn My 10 year old son was perscribed gabapentin/neurontin (in combination with a few other drugs) for his nerve pain. It definitely helped but the side affects are a huge trade-off. He gained a considerable amount of weight too but I attruibuted that mostly to the fact that all he did was eat, sleep & be foggy - and wasn't able to be his normal active self. He's since been off the meds and the weight has come off too as he's now able to resume most his normal activities.
Avatar n tn After my pain started following a car accident I was placed on Neurontin. I didn't notice any effect at all in my case, so I got off of it. I also wanted to know more so I did some research on the net (just put neurontin in any search engine you'll get lots of hits). It appears to work for pain by increasing your pain threshold. I don't recall any "bad" side effects listed. Also, Neurontin goes by the chemical name gaba pectin.
237053 tn?1258832026 I'm very sensitive to drugs generally, so even on 'normal' doses I often get side effects. Also go online to a website you like and search for side effects for the drug and see what it says. There are several good websites out there. And of course call your MD and report the symptoms. Hope it gets better fast!
Avatar n tn His doctor prescribed Neurontin 100mg 3 times a day for the pain but was not helping. He upped the dosage to 300mg 3 times a day. My husband did not feel the medication was helping so he stopped taking it for a couple of months. He is now seeing a new Neurologist and he advised him to get back on the medication. So he started taking it again but is starting to complain about the side effects (dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, loss of balance, slurred speech, etc.).