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How does Gabapentin work

A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Couple of weeks: Dosing is usually started at 300mg before sleep, but dose varies as to what the drug is used for.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Gabapentin: Gabapentin is short acting. The effect is dose related. Steady state in your body will take about 72 hours at present dose. Full effect may take 7-10 ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Troy Ross
Dr. Troy Ross answered
23 years experience Occupational Medicine
Depends on condition: It depends on the condition being treated. For chronic pain it will be about 5 days for noticeable improvement. If seizures are being treated it could ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Blocks glutamate: The exact mechanism is not fully understood. Neurontin (gabapentin) may work by binding to certain sites on nerve cells in order to block the release ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thea Cross
22 years experience Neurology
Depends: Adverse effects can unfortunately occur within an hour of a dose, but treatment benefit can take a couple of weeks to gauge.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Conservative Care: Fortunately, most people can obtain good relief of their symptoms of radiculopathy with conservative treatment. This may include anti-inflammatory med ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lee Peter Bee
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Different mechanism: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) are often treated with neuropathic medicine (e.g. Gabapentin) or selective serotonin and norepinephr ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Callaghan
52 years experience Addiction Medicine
See your PCP.: There are other medications that can be used for chronic pain depending on what kind of pain you have. Cymbalta (duloxetine) has been used because usu ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
44 years experience Child Psychiatry
Consult GYN: Gabapentin numbs nerves and may work for some pain in gyn. It is best to get accurate diangnosis and specific treatment recommendations from specialis ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
33 years experience Neurology
Not impossible: Secondary RLS is caused by or at least associated with another condition eg neuropathy, sleep apnea, severe anemia etc. Primary RLS is RLS with no ap ... Read More
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