A 33-year-old member asked:
is gabapentin good for fibromyalgia?
7 doctor answers
Dr. Karl Haake answered
22 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes: Neurontin (gabapentin) is an excellent choice for fibromyalgia pain and is something that is often used.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Chad Boomershine answered
18 years experience Rheumatology
Yes and No: Every fibromyalgia patient is different and a drug, such as gabapentin, that works for one fibromyalgia patient may not work for another. Also, medicines have side effects that can be problematic for some patients and not others. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medicine that is also used to treat pain. It is important to find a physician that will work to find medicines that work for you.
Answered on Jun 18, 2015
Dr. I. Jon Russell answered
46 years experience Rheumatology
Fibromyalgia Rx: Gabapentin [neurontin] is widely used for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome [fms] but that indication has never been formally evaluated by United States food and drug administration [fda]. One research study showed it to be helpful if the dosage was above 2000mg/day but not with lower dosages. Another drug [pregabalin lyrica] is fda approved for fms.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. David Rosenfeld answered
26 years experience Pain Management
Good option: It is used widely for this disease process but is not fda approved. That said I have been forced by many insurance companies to try it prior to getting an approval for lyrica (pregabalin).
Answered on Nov 28, 2013
Dr. Einar Ottestad answered
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Lyrica (pregabalin) is fda approved for fms. Gabapentin is essentially the same molecule, just older, off patent, and cheaper. No one wants tomspend millions of dollars on Gabapentin research to add the fms indication.
Answered on Dec 8, 2015
Dr. Laurence Badgley answered
52 years experience General Practice
Yes: ? if Neurontin (gabapentin) "good for fibromyalgia (FM)". FM sufferers benefit from Neurontin (gabapentin); which is expected because Neurontin (gabapentin) is for nerves & seizures; not front-line therapy; is adjunctive. FM sufferers should use approved synthetic medications for "pain honeymoon"; whereat chronic soft tissue injuries can be rehabilitated. IMO, FM pain is peripheral micro-neuropathy; generated by anoxic trigger points.
Answered on Dec 12, 2014
Dr. Stuart Hickerson answered
31 years experience Family Medicine
Gabapentin: Gabapentin has been helpful for some people with fibromyalgia. The condition needs to be addressed with various modalities and lifestyle modifications. I have had patients recently that have had benefit from a herbal morenga. www.thedocstu.com
Answered on Jul 14, 2017
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