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A 50-year-old female asked:

I'm taking 1800 mg of neurontin (gabapentin) for sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure ) which is not effective . please advise?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Anything else: I am assuming this is a total daily dose. If it is then you have not maximized the Neurontin and a dose increase may be needed. Discuss this with your doc. There are other meds that may help such as Lyrica (pregabalin) and or cymbalta.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
First, you need an : Emg/ncv test to evaluate the status of the nerve function. Next, there are multiple other medications that may be utilized alone or in combination with even an increase in dosage of your Neurontin (gabapentin) but this has to be guided ideally by a neurologist. If the nerve symptoms persist you may even be a candidate for spinal cord stimulation for pain control.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Neurontin (gabapentin): Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anti-seizure medication. It is effective for nerve pain, like sciatica. If you don't think it's effective for your pain, please discuss with your doctor for dosage adjustment or medication change. You might benefit from epidural steroid injection as well.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
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