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Doctor insights on: Dosage Of Gabapentin For Sciatic Pain

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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

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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I'm taking 1800 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) for sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure) which is not effective. Please advise?

I'm taking 1800 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) for sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure) which is not effective. Please advise?

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What treatment options are there for someone with permanent sciatic damage who can't take lyrica (pregabalin) or gapapetin?

What treatment options are there for someone with permanent sciatic damage who can't take lyrica (pregabalin) or gapapetin?

See below: I agree with dr. Machanic. I would add that in all of his ideas fail you could consider a spinal cord stimulator.

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I've been on Neurontin (gabapentin) 300mg twice a day due to cervical hnp for about 4months. Planning to decrease dosage. Any suggestion?

I've been on Neurontin (gabapentin) 300mg twice a day due to cervical hnp for about 4months. Planning to decrease dosage. Any suggestion?

Decrease slowly: You should decrease it slowly (maybe decrease to 150mg twice a day first) to see if discontinuing it will make your pain worse. If you pain starts to come back then you need more time with the medication. ...Read more

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I take 600mg gabapentin 3x a day and I have not taken a dosage yet. I am in a lot of pain and would like to know if it is safe for me to take a 5mg percocet?

Should be: When multiple medications are needed for the same reason, especially pain, it's advisable for a single doc or dr group to be managing them all. This helps ensure that potential interactions are tracked which improves safety. That being said, it's common for percocet and gabapentin to be prescribed and taken together, and the combination is generally safe but can be quite sedating. ...Read more

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I've been feeling generally unwell for 2 weeks or so. Could this be to do with my dosage of gabapentin going up? (now on 2700mg a day)

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I've been feeling generally unwell for 2 weeks or so. Could this be to do with my dosage of gabapentin going up? (now on 2700mg a day)

Neurontin (gabapentin): Possible since symptoms coincide with the dose increment. Please review with your doctor. ...Read more

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I take 1800mg Neurontin (gabapentin) daily for fibromyalgia, neuropathy, etc. What are upper limits of dosage? Dangers of high dosage & extended use.

I take 1800mg Neurontin (gabapentin) daily for fibromyalgia, neuropathy, etc. What are upper limits of dosage? Dangers of high dosage & extended use.

3600 mg/day: 800 mg four times a day is the upper limit on neurontin (gabapentin). It is my understanding that taking more than 800 mg with any one dose is a waste as there are limits on absorption past 800 mg per dose. Higher doses can result in increased sedation and in sensitive individuals confusion, gait impairment, slurred speech. Most tolerate it well, however. Please discuss your dosing and concerns with you doctor. ...Read more

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My neurologist has me on gabapentin for my chronic carotidynia. It hasn't helped at all, and she just keeps upping the dosage. Is there an alternate?

My neurologist has me on gabapentin for my chronic carotidynia. It hasn't helped at all, and she just keeps upping the dosage. Is there an alternate?

Yes.: The treatment depends whether it is migrainous, arteriosclerotic or classic. Th drugs that have been used are Indomethacin and prednisone. It seems worse during the cold weather. Prophylactic medications are propanolol, methysergide or ergotamine. Tell your neurologist that the meds are not helping. ...Read more

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What is the average dosage of gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy?

What is the average dosage of gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy?

Neurontin (gabapentin) dosage: It varies depending on individual conditions and response to medication. It is difficult for say in your conditions. For most of my patients, they are taking 600-800mg three times daily for peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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I've been on gabapentin at an increasing dosage for 2yrs. At 3200mg/day for nerve pain. Stopped cold turkey. Would this cause nausea? Other affects?

I've been on gabapentin at an increasing dosage for 2yrs. At 3200mg/day for nerve pain. Stopped cold turkey. Would this cause nausea? Other affects?

Don't!: Gabapentin is an anti-seizure medication and is used for nerve pain. At 3200mg/day, you are at higher dose for gabapentin. You need to be weaned off Gabapentin if desired. If you stop abruptly, you might develop seizure. Please see your doctor before making any change. ...Read more

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I already take gabapentin 400mg. Twice a day for neuropathy would increasing my dosage help with my anxiety and waking up and cant fall back asleep?

I already take gabapentin 400mg. Twice a day for neuropathy would increasing my dosage help with my anxiety and waking up and cant fall back asleep?

Might help: You are below the maximum useable dose, which typically is 1800-2400 mg total daily, and taking it three times daily should make the effect smoother and more consistent. Since gabapentin does have sedative side effects, bumping dose upwards may well be useful for anxiety. However, talk to your doctor about all of these issues prior to changing dose yourself. ...Read more

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Dosing of Gabapentin for epic Migraines, tinnitus, nerve pain. Is 1500mg or above a reasonable dosage? I don't want to press my doc, but 900mg is fine, and 1200mg is a bit better, but still not efficaceous enough. I've read that for nerve pain people g

Dosing of Gabapentin for epic Migraines, tinnitus, nerve pain. Is 1500mg or above a reasonable dosage? I don't want to press my doc, but 900mg is fine, and 1200mg is a bit better, but still not efficaceous enough. I've read that for nerve pain people g

That is reasonable: Often times when treating people with nerve pain the dose of gabapentin needs to be titrated up until the effective dose is reached (since the effective dose is different for each individual). The maximum recommended dose is 3600mg per day, so 1500mg is well within a safe range. ...Read more

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Can increasing your gabapentin dosage increase the tingling in your hands and feet? I have Gullian Barre Syndrome.

Paradoxical: That is not supposed to be happening. Gabapentin is to diminish nerve inflammation. It also often diminishes pain. Is your tingling a good sign for you? Is it a return of sensation rather than a new sensation? ...Read more

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Please what is correct dosage of Gabapentin for the Restless Leg Syndrome? I can't sleep I keep throwing my leg outside bed n moving it around?

Please what is correct dosage of Gabapentin for the Restless Leg Syndrome? I can't sleep I keep throwing my leg outside bed n moving it around?

600 mg at night: Studies done used 600 mg but some patient may need more (up to 1, 200mg). Remember it may develop tolerance with time.
Watch & see. But get a specialized to see you ...Read more

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Maximum dose of gabapentin a day?

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Neurontin (gabapentin): Average is 1, 800mg. Per day. Less if elderly or child or kidney impairment. ...Read more

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I think I accidentally doubled my dose of propranolol 20mg and Neurontin (gabapentin) 300mg for anxiety. Anything I should watch for? Thanks!

I think I accidentally doubled my dose of propranolol 20mg and Neurontin (gabapentin) 300mg for anxiety. Anything I should watch for? Thanks!

Low Heart rate: By doubling the dose of your Propanolol your heart rate and blood pressure may become low and you may feel dizzy and lightheaded. ...Read more

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Is 100mg 3x/day enough gabapentin for serious headache relief? Seems like a very small dose, increasing from 100mg by adding one dose/week seems slow

It depends on the: Individual. Increasing the dose slowly may prevent side effects, you may want to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Lowest effective dose of neurontin (gabapentin)?

Need to know: The condition being treated. If you could resubmit with that information than we would be able to answer the question. Thank you. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm on 100 mg of gabapentin once a day at night is it okay to drink while taking this if I don't take the dose that night?

No: Gabapentin (Neurontin) is an anticonvulsant and analgesic drug. It was originally developed to treat epilepsy, and is currently also used to relieve neuropathic pain. It has been used "off-label" for many other conditions. Alcohol and gabapentin are dangerous when mixed together for a variety of reasons. ...Read more

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Can I get advice? I've got a few questions: will the side-effects from the gabapentin subside with time, assuming I continue to take at current dose?

Can I get advice? I've got a few questions: will the side-effects from the gabapentin subside with time, assuming I continue to take at current dose?

Normally with in a: Few weeks. Most people notice side affects disappearing around one to three weeks, if they are going to disappear. If they do not end by a month, then they often will stay around. If you are having problems with side effects, then ask doc if Pregabalin might be a better fit for you. ...Read more

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I started on 300mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) for RLS its only been 3 days but does nothing for me. How long before it will help and what is the max dose?

I started on 300mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) for RLS its only been 3 days but does nothing for me. How long before it will help and what is the max dose?

Some thots: The maximum effective dose is 2400 mg per day, and beyond that the med provides no added benefit. Horizant is a once daily gabapentin, at 600 mg which might do better, but I have had more success with Dopamine agonists such as Mirapex or requip (ropinirole). ...Read more

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Can you take Ativan (lorazepam) if taking a low dose of Gabapentin?

No interaction: Since you are breastfeeding, question to ask is whether either the Ativan (lorazepam) and/or Gabapentin might enter the milk in any quantity. Usually, not a big issue. Since gabapentin has few if any drug-drug interactions, you should have minimal problems. But both could cause drowsiness and dizziness, and thus, additive side effects. ...Read more

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