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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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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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How much GABA would you need to equal 300mg Neurontin (gabapentin) for pain?

How much GABA would you need to equal 300mg Neurontin (gabapentin) for pain?

Not equivalent: The two substances are not equivalent; one would not replace the other. If having difficulty with Neurontin (gabapentin) or pain, please work with your physician. ...Read more

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Can withdrawal from Neurontin (gabapentin) cause pain in the legs?

Can withdrawal from Neurontin (gabapentin) cause pain in the legs?

Essentially: No: If you are asking whether withdrawal from the med causes the pain directly: No. However, you were taking the medication for some condition (you list three, including pain). More probably, going off the med has simply caused the underlying condition to resurface. ...Read more

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If I had an adverse reaction to gabapentin for pain am I likely to suffer the same fate with cymbalta (duloxetine)? I know they work differently but still worried

If I had an adverse reaction to gabapentin for pain am I likely to suffer the same fate with cymbalta (duloxetine)? I know they work differently but still worried

Not necessarily: Cymbalta (duloxetine) and gabapentin are different classes of medications with different side effects. However, good to tell prescribing doctor about medications you did not tolerate and why. Some people are more sensitive in general to meds. Keep track of your responses. Discuss your concern with prescribing doctor. Ask what side effects might occur and what to do in that event. Take care. ...Read more

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Take Gabapentin for pain. 1) is it an opioid? 2) could it have caused recent bowel blockage? 93 yrs of age

Take Gabapentin for pain. 1) is it an opioid? 2) could it have caused recent bowel blockage? 93 yrs of age

Gabapentin: Gabapentin is not an opioid. Constipation is an occasional side effect. Your pharmacist can give you specific information about this medication, however. Don't discontinue it without discussing this with his physician. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Lyrica and use to be on Gabapentin because pain medicine makes me sick to my stomach. I haven't been able to go back to my normal dr?

Question?: What is your question? Why can't you get back to see your own physician? Gabapentin has been implicated in drug abuse and both medicines should improve your pain. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) effective for pain control?

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) effective for pain control?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Neurontin (gabapentin) or Gabapentin is anti-seizure medication. It is effective for nerve pain or neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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Does Neurontin (gabapentin) treat face pain and headaches?

Does Neurontin (gabapentin) treat face pain and headaches?

Sometimes: Often headache and face pain are related to certain neurological condition. In thus case neurontil may be a good choice. ...Read more

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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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Gabapentin for nerve pain. Can it be taken as needed? Pamphlet says not to stop taking med w/o seeing dr but was told to take as needed

No: Gabapentin should be taken every day as prescribed by your doctor to manage chronic pain effectively. Your doctor may make an adjustments according to your individual needs. ...Read more

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Am trying Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Ideas to stay awake?

Take at night.: Take the majority of the dose later in the day or at bedtime. The sedation decreases the laonger you take the drug. You should be careful of taking it with other sedating drugs, especially early in your use of the medication. ...Read more

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Does cymbalta (duloxetine) work better then gabapentin for nerve pain?

Cymbalta (duloxetine): Both medications are good but they are different. Cymbalta (duloxetine) works on 2different sites than gabapentin. Both are recommended in chronic pain. If you have not had success with gabapentin this maybe an option. ...Read more

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I am considering taking Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Does this medication have a history of causing weight gain. I read that it did.

I am considering taking Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Does this medication have a history of causing weight gain. I read that it did.

Gabapentin, yes: Possible weight gain. Unfortunately, doctors often do not address this when prescribing medicine, despite weight gain being very troubling for the many patients. Gabapentin differs from most other anticonvulsants, because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. It is used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain (nerve pain) conditions. ...Read more

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Thoughts on gabapentin for nerve pain? Why does it have withdrawal effects? I am nervous to take this medication. Other ones to ask dr about?

Thoughts on gabapentin for nerve pain? Why does it have withdrawal effects? I am nervous to take this medication. Other ones to ask dr about?

Effective: Gabapentin is very effective for nerve pain due to neuropathy or pinched nerve. It does cause tolerance which is why it must be tapered. I have many patients who have gotten significant relief using it. Discuss with your doctor. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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Is amitriptyline as good as Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain?

Is amitriptyline as good as Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain?

Yes: They work on different receptors and one might work better for a specific pain or a specific patient. They can also be taken together. If amitriptylene helps but causes too much side effects consider switching to desipramine. ...Read more

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Isn't nortriptyline a better drug than Gabapentin for neuropathic pain?

Isn't nortriptyline a better drug than Gabapentin for neuropathic pain?

No difference: There is no such thing as "best" or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. Talk to your pain management specialist for medication adjustment. ...Read more

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Neurontin (Definition)

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