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Dr. Shariq Refai
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I take gabapentin for my fibromyalgia, but the helpful effects seemed to have worn off. I'm in excruciating, constant pain. Any suggestions?

Dr. Shariq Refai
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I take gabapentin for my fibromyalgia, but the helpful effects seemed to have worn off. I'm in excruciating, constant pain. Any suggestions?

Yes: See your psychiatrist for other options. Possible increase in dose could help. Also seeing a therapist could be helpful as well as sometimes depression and fibro are linked. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Neurontin (Definition)

Neurontin is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more


Dr. Brett Lockman
Board Certified, Pain Management
13 years in practice
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What is gabapentin 800?

Dr. Brett Lockman
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What is gabapentin 800?

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 more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. John Hsiao
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What is gabapentin?

Dr. John Hsiao
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What is gabapentin?
Dr. Leonard Lado
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What are the dangers of taking gabapentin ?

Dr. Leonard Lado
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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 more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Martha Stark
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Please describe the medication: gabapentin?

Dr. Martha Stark
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Please describe the medication: gabapentin?

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 more

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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What is gabapentin 600 mg?

Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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Anti-epileptic: Gabapentin or Neurontin is a commonly used anti-epileptic medications. It is also used for chronic pain, headaches, and neuropathies. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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What is the definition or description of: gabapentin?

Dr. Alan Ali
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Gabapentin: Also called neurontin, 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 of brain through gaba. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Gabapentin seems to be making me drool a lot. Will it go away?

Dr. Donald Jacobson
Board Certified, Psychiatry
35 years in practice
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If it continues: A low dose of benztropine will stop it from happening. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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What is the difference between Gabapentin and Gralise 1200mg other than cost?

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Gaba and Gralise: Both are the same - Gabapentin. The gralise is a special formulation that slowly releases the gabapentin so that maximum uptake can be obtained. Gralise is a once a day (at night 1 hr after dinner). Gabapentinn is 3 times a day. ...Read more

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