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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?

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. Tanya Russo
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Pain Relief (Definition)

A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more


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I am taking gabapentin for my fibromyalgia and exercising but still do not feel much pain relief. Any suggestions?

I am taking gabapentin for my fibromyalgia and exercising but still do not feel much pain relief. Any suggestions?

See details: There are 2 options. One is to increase the Gabapentin dose to at least 2, 400 mg daily before giving up on it. The second is to add or substitute a second med such as Cymbalta or savella (milnacipran). ...Read more

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Is it okay to take gabapentin and tramadol together for pain relief?

Is it okay to take gabapentin and tramadol together for pain relief?

Usually fine: The Gabapentin has no appreciable drug-drug interactions, and will not affect the tramadol. This combination is usually quite safe and often very effective. ...Read more

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What can I take to stop severe hot flushes. I take oxycontin, gabapentin, ketamin all for pain relief?

What can I take to stop severe hot flushes. I take oxycontin, gabapentin, ketamin all for pain relief?

Ketamine?: With all these medications, you clearly need to be working with a pain medicine specialist. Ketamine in particular is usually used IV or im as an a dissociative anesthetic agent -- if outpatient, hospice settings and sometimes complex regional pain syndrome http://tinyurl.Com/lfe8ee2 by age you could be in menopause, but your own physician needs to be the one to suggest any additional treatments. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take gabapentin and tramadol together for pain relief?

Is it safe for me to take gabapentin and tramadol together for pain relief?

OK to mix: Gabapentin is metabolized via the kidney and has no substantial drug reaction with tramadol. Both could cause drowsiness and dizziness, and this could be additive. Although tramadol could rarely cause seizures, Gabapentin suppresses szs, so this essentially cancels out. So, in essence, with your doctor's very close supervision, you likely will do fine. ...Read more

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The dr started me on gabapentin today, I've had shingles for 2 weeks now.How long before i can expect relief? The pain is unbearable.

The dr started me on gabapentin today, I've had shingles for 2 weeks now.How long before i can expect relief? The pain is unbearable.

Gabapentin: Gabapentin is an anti-seizure medication. It is commonly used for shingle pain. It is usually started at a lower dose, then titrated to higher dose. It takes several weeks to get up to the effective dose. ...Read more

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If i find relief by taking gabapentin does that mean I have crps? Emg made my crps so bad.. In worst pain ever!

If i find relief by taking gabapentin does that mean I have crps? Emg made my crps so bad.. In worst pain ever!

No it doesn't: Pain relief on the basis of a particular drug never specifies (or rules in) a specific reason or diagnosis of what's causing the pain. It simply means you respond to the medication. And that's not a bad thing since you are suffering less. Diagnosing crps requires another approach and fulfillment of diagnostic criteria. Your doctor can help you understand what's involved. ...Read more

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Taking gabapentin 300mg three times a day for meralgia paresthetica. Started six days ago. No relief. How long before this stuff kicks in?

Are we there yet?: You're pretty close to when you should be feeling something with that particular dose. I tend to titrate people rather slowly (1 pill escalate weekly) so it depends how your doctor told you to ramp this medication up but if you've been going 3x/day right from the get go then, maybe a few more days to a week at best. If you're no better then, either the dose is too low or medication inadequate. ...Read more

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Is long term use of gabapentin for relief of peripheral neuropathy a good idea?

Is long term use of gabapentin for relief of peripheral neuropathy a good idea?

Gabapentin: In general, Gabapentin is well tolerated and used safely long term. But as with any other medications, it has potential side effects such as mood disturbances, dizziness, fatigue, leg swelling, low white cell count, low platelet count, and renal failure. In rats, pancreatic cancer is reported. It should be used with caution in chronic kidney disease and should not be stopped suddenly. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis & deg disc disease. I've tried a host of NSAIDs, narcotics, ESIs & gabapentin/amitriptyline & PT. I haven't found much relief?

I have spinal stenosis & deg disc disease. I've tried a host of NSAIDs, narcotics, ESIs & gabapentin/amitriptyline & PT. I haven't found much relief?

Back pain relief: You seem to have a chronic back pain syndrome. You should have an EMG performed to rule out a definite nerve compression. You can also try nerve blocks normally performed by pain management or neurostimulator implants. If pain is significant and or causing weakness then surgical intervention may need to be considered. Other neuropathic meds are available. ...Read more

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Will gabapentin show up on a drug test a benzo?

Will gabapentin show up on a drug test a benzo?

NO: Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant, and is not a benzodiazepine. It is not known to cause false positives on drug tests for benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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What does Neurontin (gabapentin) show up in drug test?

Anticonvulsant : Neurontin ( gabapentin) is in the class of anticonvulsants. I am not aware that it will cause a + drug screen. It does bind to the gaba receptor which is the same receptor a lot of sedatives affect. If you are getting +tests for something have the lab ck the calibration of their equipment. ...Read more

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I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?

I am currently in a drug court program and subject to random drug screens, would it be safe for me to take gabapentin?

Gabapentin and UAs: From my experience this is not a drug of any class that would be monitored by drug court. But, i believe it is always better to write down any medications you are taking when you given a ua. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin addictive drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): No, but sudden discontinuation is not advised. ...Read more

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Smaller doses of gabapentin better then higher doses? Bioavailability seems higher with lower doses so wouldn't you get more of the drug on lower dose

Gabapentin: true but at the same time you need a high dose of gabapentin in your system for it to work. Usually 1200mg. So lets say you take 300mg, and you absorb all 300... thats great but all you have is 300mg in your system. Now take 900mg. Lets say bioavailability fall to 75%. Well 75% of 900 is still way more in your system than 300mg. Oral absorbtion is generally like this. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin will show on a drug screen after 30 minutes of taking it?

Does gabapentin will show on a drug screen after 30 minutes of taking it?

No: Gabapentin is usually not looked for on a drug screen and taking it within a 30 minute interval would not likely show any significant blood level nevertheless. ...Read more

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Please i would like to know if Neurontin (gabapentin) shows up in a drug screen?

Not unless: They run a specific test looking for it. It will not turn up at all on a common urine drug test and will not cause any false positives. ...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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Neurontin (Definition)

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