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Coming Off Gabapentin
I take gabapentin for my fibromyalgia, but the helpful effects seemed to have worn off. I'm in excruciating, constant pain. Any suggestions?
Gabapentin: 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. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Gabapentin problem: In 2008, the us food and drug administration mandated warning labeling for anticonvulsant medications regarding the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Patorno et al 2010 found gabapentin, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and tiagabine, compared with the use of topiramate, may be associated with an increased risk of suicidal acts or violent deaths. Gabapentin by itself is beneficial. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Relaxant & analgesic: Gabapentin (marketed as neurontin) is a drug used for the treatment of epilepsy (anticonvulsant), chronic nerve-related pain (analgesic), and conditions like fibromyalgia. Its side effects include dizziness, fatigue, weight gain, drowsiness, & swelling of extremities. A structurally related compound is gaba, a supplement that has a calming, relaxing, & anti-anxiety effect on the body. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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