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Can mild arthritis of the lower back cause significant sciatica pain? Mri done in July. Pain is getting worse. On Gabapentin and Meloxicam. Thanks!

Unlikely

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unlikely, unless facet joint disease. Fibromyalgia more likely
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Fibromyalgia & Arthritis & pain levels are very high with 8 mg. of Exalgo, 1500 mg. of Gabapentin & 1 to 2 tablet of Tramadol 3 X a day. Any thoughts?

Different medication

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Have you tried any (or all) of the medications for Fibromyalgia. Lyrica? Cymbalta? Savella? You may benefit from an anti-inflammatory medication for the arthritis.
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Can Gabapentin and/or make you gain weight I've put on 25lb and on top of my knee pain it's really getting me down?

Perhaps

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Gabapentin can cause weight gain. However, if you've reduced your mobility/exercise/activity because of knee pain that can cause weight gain. Changes in your eating due to depression may also cause weight gain, as well as medical issues. It's best to address this with your physician, who can evaluate you and give you guidance. Hope this answer helps.
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Dr. Edward Kuhnley answered:

If one uses gabapentin for chronic anxiety/ and or depression , how long will they need to use it to treat it fully, can this drug be used longterm ?

Consult prescriber

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Gabapentin has limited general utility for anxiety but when it works for an individual it is welcome relief. Medication requires careful monitoring with your prescriber as any response may diminish over time. It is best to combine with therapy and daily living habits for nutrition, sleep, exercise, and overall wellness. Learn anxiety & stress reduction strategies & fill your life with positive.
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Dr. John K. Hsiao answered:

what is gabapentin?

Neurontin

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is an anticonvulsant that is also used for neuropathic pain
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what is gabapentin 800?

Gabapentin

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Gabapentin is a neuromodulating drug that works by blocking an excitatory neurotransmitter in your body called glutamate. By decreasing the amount of general excitation of pathologic nerves (from diabetes, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc), gabapentin helps to reduce the pain from those conditions. 800 refers to the dose, though is too high to start on. Side effects include sleepiness.
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Is Gabapentin addicting?

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Most substances to be addictive must be shown to be associated with a dopamine release in the brain's reward centers. I'm not aware of evidence for that with gabapentin but nonetheless it is for some a potent anti-anxiety agent, so it doesn't surprise me that addictive like patterns can emerge. If that's the case it is time to look for other ways to safely and effectively address the anxiety.
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what is gabapentin 600 mg?

Anti-epileptic

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Gabapentin or Neurontin is a commonly used anti-epileptic medications. It is also used for chronic pain, headaches, and neuropathies.
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Max daily dose gabapentin ?

1200 mg 3-4x/day

Gabapentin is a peculiar medication. The absorption is not linear with the dosage. With each increase, you absorb less of the increase. 600 mg 8x/day is more than 1200 mg 4x/day i your body! This effect plateaus around 1200 mg per dose. However, that said, dosage limits are often reached symptomatically; ie, lethargy, sedation, tremor, trouble walking. balance/coordination problems
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Cane gabapentin cause anemia?

Yes

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Although not common, Gabapentin can cause red blood cells to drop.
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