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Neurontin Gabapentin
 
3.7

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Neurontin has made me life less painful!!!

**Neurontin(Generic Name ~ Gabapentin)
**Two years ago, I was injured in the hospital with an IV needle to my left foot. Since then I have been battling severe pain...Read complete review

**Neurontin(Generic Name ~ Gabapentin)
**Two years ago, I was injured in the hospital with an IV needle to my left foot. Since then I have been battling severe pain in my foot. I was diagnosed with [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome][1] (also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome) and nerve damage almost a year and half ago. I've been taking **Neurontin** for the past year to help relieve the pain. I‘m on two different dosages ~ I take 100mg in the mornings and 300mg at night. ***About The Neurontin (Gabapentin)~***You should not use **Neurontin** if you are allergic to Gabapentin or have kidney, liver, or heart disease. This medication was developed to help control certain types of seizures in patients who have epilepsy. It treats seizures by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.*** ***

Since 2002, **Neurontin **has been used to relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia (burning, stabbing pain or aches) and nerve related pain. This medication has also had success in treating certain instances of [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome][2] . It** **relieves the pain by changing the way the body senses pain.

The most common side effects of **Neurontin** are dizziness and drowsiness. Some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, lack of coordination, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain, and insomnia. This is not the complete list of side effects just the most common ones. You should always consult with your doctor if you experience any new or worsening side effects.***My Viewpoint***I was a little leery in taking an anticonvulsant medication. My doctor assured me **Neurontin** was safe to be taking for my situation. He first put me on a low dose of 100mg twice a day. I took this dosage over the next couple of months. The only side effects I have experienced while taking this medication is the dizziness and drowsiness. After taking an hour nap, these side effects will go away. My doctor prescribed a higher dose of **Neurontin** (300mg) because the lower dose wasn't lasting long enough. However, the higher dose totally knocks me out. Therefore, I take the 100mg dose during the day and I take the higher dose at nighttime.

My life before **Neurontin **was very painful. This medication doesn't totally get rid of my pain. It makes it more manageable. Before taking the **Neurontin**, I had insomnia so bad I couldn‘t sleep at all. The pain always kept me up at night. Since I've been on this medicine, I sleep better and I do not wakeup during the night. I also use pain cream, do yoga, and meditate to get through the pain.

As a patient who has been taking **Neurontin**, I would recommend it for nerve pain or neuropathic pain. I give it ***4 stars***!

**The information in this review is NOT intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slows Reflexes to a Small Halt

Neurontin is a medication I took recently as a mood stabalizer.  I found it to help me sleep and took away some of my obsessive thoughts and compulsions, but at a price...Read complete review

Neurontin is a medication I took recently as a mood stabalizer.  I found it to help me sleep and took away some of my obsessive thoughts and compulsions, but at a price that was a little higher than I was willing to pay.  I started to notice I could not type as quickly or accurately, was driving funny and my wits were not as sharp about me.  I didn't feel at my optimum or safe driving.  I would get this awful vertigo and would feel as if I was being repeatedly slapped in the head, you know how you see stars after you bump your head or something.  I don't see how that is going to improve quality of life for anyone.  This is a wonder drug for some people but atypical for those of you who are bipolar so if you feel any of these side effects, you are not imagining them, they do happen even if you are told they don't.  Everybody is different and you need to follow your gut!  You are the only person who knows what "you" as an individual are experiencing, not your therapist, friend, husband, psychicatrist or even your most close more intimate circle.  Its an option that's available, just not one for me.  There are other things if this does not work.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gabapentin for nerve pain

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from Eagle River, AK

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

I have been on Gabapentin for 5 years for nerve and muscle pain. It helped, but it never totally got rid of my pain. My doctor recommended I go on a gluten free diet, which I did several months ago. I also started walking 3 miles a day. The diet has really helped my pain levels, so much so that I am no longer taking the gabapentin.

I have lost 8 pounds and I feel better than I have felt in quite a few years. Gabapentin helped when I was at my worst, but it feels good to be off of it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can Help with Fibromyalgia

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from USA

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

I have been taking 400mg Neurontin 3 times a day for the symptoms of Fibromyaglia for over a year. I must say, it does help with the aches and pains associated with Fibromyalgia. Since beginning taking it over a year ago, I have noticed far less Fibro flares. Prior to taking Neurontin I took Lyrica for my Fibromyalgia. I experienced so many side effects while taking Lyrica that I will never take it again nor would I ever recommend it to anyone else who has Fibromyalgia. I have experienced no ill side effects from Neurontin. Coupled with daily Tramadol, Neurontin has helped me to regain some of my abilities and to be more active with less pain. Neurontin is by no means a cure for the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, but it does weaken the symptoms to a somewhat tolerable level. It is also far more inexpensive than Lyrica. I recommend it to others who have Fibromyalgia as often as I can.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Neurontin does not help arthritis pain!

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from Dallas, GA

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

This was the worst medicine I have ever tried! My doctor had me try it for my arthritis pain. Not only did it do nothing to stop the pain, it caused more problems. I could not urinate, my vision was blurry, I could not walk (when I tried to walk, I would fall down and it felt like someone slapped me on the back and made me fall), I couldn't function for an entire day. It was very scary! I would NOT recommend it to anyone.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not really a good drug for neuropathy

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from Orlando, FL

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

My doctor's nurse practitioner prescribed 300mg 3x a day for peripheral neuropathy -- a condition where one loses feeling in their extremities. Now, to be fair, I am already taking Cymbalta for depression, so why my doctor would prescribe another type of anti-depressant on top of that to treat neuropathy is beyond me. It made me extremely hopped-up and very combative. I wasn't my usual self. I immediately cut to two per day and now one, which is much easier to deal with. I see now there is a 200mg dose. My suggestion is that you have a discussion with your doctor, before you consider using this medication. It is my opinion that a doctor with a thorough understanding of your history should prescribe for you, not one else should. And start on it slowly, don't go full-on all at once like I did.
I was told that there are a couple other drugs indicated for neuropathy, but that they induced huge weight gain, so of course i wasn't interested.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NEARLY KILLED ME!

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from Benton, KY

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

I AM A DISABLED RN HAING WORKED FOR 25 YRS. THIS DRUG WAS PRESCRIBED DUE TO COMPRESSED NERVES AND NERVE DISORDER-POLYNEUROPATHY. THIS DRUG NEARLY KILLED ME EVEN ON A LOW DOSE. COULD NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING, ATE CONSTANTLY, SWELLED MY BODY UP AND NEARLY SHUT DOWN MY KIDNEYS-BAD CHOICE FOR ME. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME WHO TAKE IT IN HIGH DOSES THAT DOES NOT BOTHER THEM BUT NOT E. DID NOT HELP THE NUMBNESS, TINGLING, ETC ET. BEWARE OF SIDE EFFECTS.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good drug for some

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from Jackson, GA

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

I tried this drug 6 wks post op from surgery for nerve pain But it didn't really help even whenI increased to 900mg.Nothing at all really helps the pain.I've been just suffering since march from a routine surgery and have had thre moore to try to correct it with no help.I would reccommend one to try if needed for this pain.Who knows it may work for you.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Neurontin has been great for my headaches.

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from Kenton, OH

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

**I started taking Neurontin last year when a doctor prescribed it for my headaches due to nerve pain.  I was started out on a low dose and increased to 300 mg 3 times a day.  **

**Before I went to the doctor, I had been suffering from very intense headaches, the worst pain I had ever had.  This had been going on for almost 2 weeks when a family member insisted that I go to the doctor.  I reluctantly went.**

After I had a CT scan, MRIs, xrays and blood tests and no structural problems, tumors etc., the doctor had me increased to where I was able to manage my headaches and return to work. 

Since I started taking Neurontin, my life went back to normal.  It is something that I will probably take all fo my life, but it is worth it to me.  I no longer take life for granted and I know that my medicine is very important for me to have a good life and as long as I don't miss a dose, I do so well with it.  Even though it can cause drowsiness, I believe that my body has adjusted to it just fine.  My job is a physically demanding job and I am able to be alert and able to complete necessary tasks.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sleep better and wake rested with Pfizer.

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from Eldora, IA

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

**If you wake in the night with leg cramps or wake feeling as if you never slept at all, then you mght want to read this. I suffered through endless nights of leg cramps that left me feeling as if I would have been better off staying awake at night. The wear and tear on my body effected both my physical attivities and my thinking ability. Both of these are very important to any daily routine.**

** I talked with my Doctor about my condition and she said she had just what I needed. Having heard this for years from other Doctors, i was a little skeptical. She gave me a small prescription for **Pfizer Neurontin, a medication used to treat Restless Leg Syndrome.  Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder related to sensation and movement. People with restless legs syndrome have an unpleasant feeling or sensation in their legs when they lie down to sleep. Most people also have a very strong urge to move their legs, and moving the legs sometimes makes them feel better. But all this movement makes it hard or impossible to get enough sleep.****

** I tried the prescription and in a very short time, I noticed a difference. The feeling as if something were inside my legs greatly deminished and the need to move my legs constantly, lessened significantly.  **Pfizer Neurontin made a difference in the position I slept in and the way I felt when I woke in the morning. I could roll on my side now or snuggle into my blanket without worrying about severe cramps in my  calves and upper thigh area. I began to feel more rested and my legs didn't ache through out the day.****

** There are some side effects that can occur with using this medication. S**igns of an allergic reaction can include** hives, fever, swollen glands, painful sores in or around your eyes or mouth, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.  You can talk with your Doctor about these side effects.**

**Pfizer Neurontin made a difference in my life and I know it would in yours. Pfizer is one of the best known distributors of great medications. They have something for nearly anything that is ailing you. They are heard of and trusted by patients and Doctors alike.**

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Gabapentin's side effects deters use.

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from Alameda, CA

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin) can be used for nerve pain, commonly referred to as neuropathy.  Neuropathy can be caused by many conditions, such as diabetes, but also by nerve damage, such as the type caused by herniated discs.  While the pain relief begins to be noticable at 300mg (and maintenance doses can range from 100mg to 900mg or so), the side effect of short-term memory loss is bothersome.

Like many non-narcotic pain medications used for neuropathy, gabapentin was used primarily for seizures before it was seen to help in pain relief, and thus so, it is understandable that it may affect brain chemistry (and/or neurotransmitters). While it is a good drug in its non-addictive properties, and that it doesn't interact with many other medications, I noticed the short-term memory loss within the first week of taking it, and opted to discontinue it.

In short, it's a toss-up between (nerve) pain relief and short-term memory loss.  You can't have one without the other.  Gabapentin doesn't help with other types of pain, inflammatory or acute pain, and won't help everyone, but those who have neuropathy have the choice.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gabapentin is my miracle drug

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from Sanford, FL

Comments about Neurontin Gabapentin:

I have been taking Gabapentin for about 3 months now and it's taking most all my fibromyalgia pain away. At first, it made me violently ill, but I cut back the dose and increased slowly. I have had no side effects since then. I take 1500 mg before bed. The only problem is that it wears off after 10 - 12 hours. My doctor is affraid to give me more since I got so ill at the beginning, but, I hope I can convince her to let me take it twice per day instead of just at bedtime. I also take 100 mg of Trazodone before bed. I have taken Amitripyline, Cymbalta and Savella but side effects were terrible. They made me feel like a zombie most of the time. With Gabapentin, I feel like myself again! I hope it keeps working.

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