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Taking Gabapentin 300gm and having problem with moods, staying awake, balance. When will these get better? I am starting my second week.

Taking Gabapentin 300gm and having problem with moods, staying awake, balance. When will these get better? I am starting my second week.

Cut back to 100 mg: Slowly titrated. Start at 100 mg at bedtime. Go up to 200 mg after a week. Wait another 7-10 days to go up to 300 mg at bedtime then after a week try to add 100 mg in the morning ...Read more

Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more


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Is it safe to take gabapentin to relieve pain caused by a sciatic nerve problem?

Is it safe to take gabapentin to relieve pain caused by a sciatic nerve problem?

Usually yes: Neurontin (gabapentin) is a drug used to treat nerve pain, and is helpful in relieving symptoms. Among its side effects are dizziness and drowsiness (meaning one should be careful if considering driving or operating machinery). A few people may have changes in their moods or thoughts. A few may have signs of drug allergy, such as a rash. One's doctor can help decide if Gabapentin should be used. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin cause slowing of mind /thoughts /speed of problem solving alongside the function of causing fatigue?

Does gabapentin cause slowing of mind /thoughts /speed of problem solving alongside the function of causing fatigue?

Yes: Gabapentin can cause cognitive problems and these issues can occasionally be serious enough to discontinue the med. ...Read more

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New md thinks tender breasts are caused by gabapentin. Problem started after starting it 6 months ago. Is this possible? Would lyrica (pregabalin) cause same?

New md thinks tender breasts are caused by gabapentin. Problem started after starting it 6 months ago. Is this possible? Would lyrica (pregabalin) cause same?

POssible, yes: See the study: on sep, 8, 2013: 32, 311 people reported to have side effects when taking gabapentin. Among them, 69 people (0.21%) have breast tenderness.
Breast tenderness has been reported by people with birth control, post coital contraception, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, enlarged prostate. See: www. Ehealthme. Com/ds/gabapentin/breast+tenderness‎. ...Read more

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I have difficulty swallowing saliva only. Upon food and drink I feel better. I have this problem after taking gabapentin and dosulpin. Can IG b cancer?

I have difficulty swallowing saliva only. Upon food and drink I feel better. I have this problem after taking gabapentin and dosulpin. Can IG b cancer?

Not a cancer sign: You don't say why you've been prescribed those medications, but they are serious and your doctors may help you understand your conditions better. Glad you do fine eating and drinking. That's reassuring. No cause to think cancer. In fact the fears you may feel might be the basis of this swallowing problem. Try to find therapy aimed at disease anxiety mgmt. Understanding = help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I take 3200mg of gabapentin daily (800mg x 4). If I forgot whether I took my dose & accidentally took 2 at one point, would that be a problem?

I take 3200mg of gabapentin daily (800mg x 4). If I forgot whether I took my dose & accidentally took 2 at one point, would that be a problem?

Sedation: Most likely you would be feel quite sedated, maybe dizzy as well. It could make it hard to function. Why not use a medication box in which you can set your meds up for the week-- this way you will know if you have taken your dose or not-- just take a look in the box. Spending 1 day a week filling in the box makes the rest of the week so much easier--you will thank me! ...Read more

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Could Gabapentin cause gallbladder problems? Possible?

Could Gabapentin cause gallbladder problems? Possible?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Very rarely it can cause Pancreatitis & intestinal gases, but no Gallbladder problems have been reported. ...Read more

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Cane gabapentin cause anemia?

Cane gabapentin cause anemia?

Yes: Although not common, Gabapentin can cause red blood cells to drop. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin and neurotin cause bv?

Does gabapentin and neurotin cause bv?

No: It is generally caused by having an excess of sexual partners. It is caused by bacteria, but it not consider an std as such. Treatment is with antibiotics. You should be seen by your OB doc. ...Read more

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Meds? Gabapentin cause migraines? Is it a narcotic?

Meds? Gabapentin cause migraines? Is it a narcotic?

Gabapentin: This medication is well tolerated by most patients as it has a low side effect profile and drug-interaction. It can however cause headache in less than 5% of patients. The headaches usually subside with continued use. Discuss this with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Could taking gabapentin in a sporadic manner cause a seizure?

Could taking gabapentin in a sporadic manner cause a seizure?

Yes: Suddenly withdrawing any anticonvulsant can cause. Seizures. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I suddenly have early morning confusion. I just started gabapentin. Could this be the cause?

Could be: It also depends at what starting dose. Some people are very sensitive and need a lower starting dose than the usual and with very slow adjustments. If the early morning confusion is due to the Gabapentin then reducing the morning dose or moving it to bedtime or reducing the entire starting dose and adjusting slower are options. It still may be very helpful for you. Discuss with you dr. ...Read more

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Does Gabapentin 600 Mg 3 times a day for headaches. Cause you to gain weight. And how can you stop taking it.?

Reducing gabapentin: This medicine can cause weight gain, although it is relatively unusual. It is an unusual medicine for headache prevention.

If you want to stop using it, discuss the matter with the prescriber first. They might ask you to reduce your dose to 300 mg three times a day for a week, then 300 mg twice a day for a week, then 300 mg once a day for a week. Then stop. ...Read more

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For the last 6 months, I have had an uncontrollable appetite w/has caused me to gain 40 lbs Would Morphine, Gabapentin, & low male T-count cause this?

For the last 6 months, I have had an uncontrollable appetite w/has caused me to gain 40 lbs Would Morphine, Gabapentin, & low male T-count cause this?

Not likeley: An increased appetite can be a symptom of a variety diseases or disorders. It may be due to certain mental conditions (anxiety, depression) and endocrine gland disorders (diabetes). See your primary care physician for evaluation, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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Can Neurontin (gabapentin) cause depression?

Can Neurontin (gabapentin) cause depression?

Possible: Neurontin (gabapentin) is not a typical sedative tranquilizer, so less chance of depression, but does cause in many drowsiness and dizziness, and far less frequently mild depression. However, may be due to alternative cause, so have your doctor analyze this. Following recent infection, emotional changes may occur, and your pneumonia may be the proximate cause. ...Read more

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I am taking 1200 mg of Gabapentin, can this cause hemorrhoids?

I am taking 1200 mg of Gabapentin, can this cause hemorrhoids?

No: The cause of hemorrhoids do not include direct effects of medications, but conceivably, if the offending agent causes liver damage, then hemorrhoids can be a manifestation of that liver injury. Pfizer, the manufacturer of gabapentin, reports a ...Read more

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Why did gabapentin cause me to have a seizure that lasted 20 minutes?

Why did gabapentin cause me to have a seizure that lasted 20 minutes?

Not a cause: Gababapentin can be useful for seizure prevention if taken consistently, but needs to be used every 8 hrs at a minimum. It does not cause seizures, but if you were taken a large amount and suddenly stopped, you could have a withdrawal seizure. ...Read more

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Does Neurontin (gabapentin) cause acne?

Does Neurontin (gabapentin) cause acne?

Never reported: It has never been reported and even if it were it would would probably be totally serendipitous, not causal. In other words, don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can Gabapentin cause joint pain?

Can Gabapentin cause joint pain?

Not a major issue: While there are many side effects listed (all possible side effects must be listed whether they were caused by the medication or not) there is little chance that the Gabapentin is responsible for joint pain. It is in fact often used for neuropathic type pain. ...Read more

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Could gabapentin cause a serious muscle pain?

Could gabapentin cause a serious muscle pain?

Can cause myalgias: In about 3-5% of patients myalgias or muscle pains are reported with varying severity. There are also slightly different forms of gabapentin nowadays so it may depend a bit on whether you are talking about Neurontin, Gralise, or Horizant being the brand names in common use as to the severity or prevalence of symptoms. If you have more questions: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can long term Neurontin (gabapentin) use cause seratonin syndrome?

Can long term Neurontin (gabapentin) use cause seratonin syndrome?

Very unlikely: First, it is unusual for Neurontin (gabapentin) to cause drug-drug interactions of any kind. Futhermore, the maximum useful dose is below 2400 mg daily, and higher amounts will not provide any enhanced effects. So, on it's own, the drug is certainly unlikely to cause seratonin syndrome ...Read more

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What can cause high levels of tone other than a stroke? And can gabapentin help it?

What can cause high levels of tone other than a stroke? And can gabapentin help it?

Cerebral Palsy, MS: Many neurological conditions can cause elevated tone (hypertonia). Extensive list includes stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury dystonia, mulstiple sclerosis, hereditary diseases etc. Gabapentin may not be very helpful. Commonly used medications include baclofen, benzodiazepines (e.g. Diazepam) dantrolene, tizanidine. ...Read more

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Can being on long term, high doses of gabapentin and morphine cause menstrual irregularity?

Possibly: The opiates do interact with the hormonal axis in sometimes unpredictable ways for both woman and men. Morphine can affect the menstrual cycle. Gabapentin should not. ...Read more

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What can you do for neuropathy besides Neurontin (gabapentin) cause it isn't helping me anymore?

What can you do for neuropathy besides Neurontin (gabapentin) cause it isn't helping me anymore?

A few other choices: Some additional meds to consider include lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, the medical food metanx, and perhaps even acupuncture. ...Read more

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Will taking 300mg of gabapentin short term only at bedtime for sleep cause any problems? Wd's etc. Any recommendations for a safer med? Plz no cbt.

Gabapentin: Is a good AED medication and it's also called vitamin n. And 300mg is safe dose.
Insomnia, defined as insufficient or inadequate sleep, is a common sleep complaint that has been estimated to affect 25 to 35 % of the adult population. It includes difficulty in falling or staying asleep at least three times per week for longer than one month. It is a manageable condition by sleep neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suddenly become allergic to medication I have been on daily for two years (100mg gabapentin) or is it something else cause allergy?

Is it possible to suddenly become allergic to medication I have been on daily for two years (100mg gabapentin) or is it something else cause allergy?

Unlikely: A 41 year old female on gabapentin for 2 years now having an allergic reaction. Unlikely to be due to the gabapentin now. If you had atopic dermatitis as a child, now a new skin rash could be a flare of atopic dermatitis or a new onset contact dermatitis to an exposure. Could also be an allergic reaction to something in the environment - insect bites, other irritants. ...Read more

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I take Gabapentin 600 Mg 3 Times day. For anxiety & migraines. It doesn't help me anymore. How can I stop taking it. Does it cause problems if I stop.

I take Gabapentin 600 Mg 3 Times day. For anxiety & migraines. It doesn't help me anymore. How can I stop taking it. Does it cause problems if I stop.

See your PCP: Stopping Gabapentin suddenly can cause serious problems (e.g. withdrawal seizures). You may also experience side effects like anxiety, insomnia, headache, and sweating. See your PCP for primary headache evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does Gabapentin cause weight gain?

Why does Gabapentin cause weight gain?

Weight/seizure meds: The mechanism that causes weight gain due to use of anti-convulsants is not absolutely known, but it is suggested that lowered glucose levels stimulate the hypothalamus to increase appetite. Further explanation of this process can be found in the following publication:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11735653 ...Read more

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Neurontin (Definition)

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