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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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I've never had a seizure or nerve pain, is it safe to take gabapentin for anxiety/insomnia? I've tried other meds with no success. Thoughts on med?

Gabapentin: Some have used Gabapentin with success for anxiety. Since you say you've had little success with other medications, i encourage you to seek out psychotherapy (generally with a psychologist, etc) as a potent part of anxiety ; insomnia treatment. What kind of evaluation have you had for your difficulties? Have you been working with a psychiatrist? ...Read more

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My Doctor prescribed Gabapentin for sleep (and pain.). Can I take it occasionally for insomnia or is this something that needs to be taken everyday?

Gabapentin: a study has been done in 2010 regarding the effect of Gabapentin on insomnia, the results were promising, the treatment was used in the study for 4 wks every night so I believe you will see better result for your insomnia if you take it regularly. Also if you have nerve pain which is the reason for your insomnia you better keep taking them as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some good medications for severe insomnia? I have a diagnosis of bipolar 1. I am taking 600 mg. Of Neurontin (gabapentin) now. It don't work! please help

What are some good medications for severe   insomnia? I have a diagnosis of bipolar 1. I am taking 600 mg. Of Neurontin (gabapentin) now. It don't work! please help

See below: Any medication related issues should be discussed with your prescribing provider since only s/he knows your medical history. Practicing good sleep hygiene, having a routine in place, will help with sleep. Also, you might want to discuss your insomnia issues with your providers to see if sleep study is warranted. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is Gabapentin safe when used on an as needed basis for insomnia and fibromyalgia? I don't have seizures, but doctor prescribed this for sleep.

Is Gabapentin safe when used on an as needed basis for insomnia and fibromyalgia? I don't have seizures, but doctor prescribed this for sleep.

Yes: gabapentin is a very good sleeping pill because it increases slow-wave sleep unlike most other agents. it is ok to take on an as needed basis. also fibromyalgia can often respond to medications used for migraine. i hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Have insomnia and (or because of) muscle twitches in head especially. Safe to take gabapentin and lunesta (eszopiclone) (long term if necessary)?

Lose the meds.: I thinks that if you are otherwise health its time to stop the meds.Lower the gabapentin slowly. You may have sleep anxiety. As for the muscle twitches they may come from fatigue but see a good Internal Medicine physician ...Read more

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I was told that Gabapentin would help me to get off Klonopin (clonazepam) that i was taken for insomnia and in the mean time help me with sleep and mild depression. Would you agree with that?

I was told that Gabapentin would help me to get off Klonopin (clonazepam) that i was taken for insomnia and in the mean time help me with sleep and mild depression. Would you agree with that?

Klonopin, (clonazepam) Gabapentin: I understand your concern about insomnia and mild depression. Klonopin (clonazepam) is used to treat Seizure disorders or Panic disorder. It is not a medication for insomnia. Gabapentin is for treatment of Seizures or Nerve pain. It is not used to get off Klonopin (clonazepam). See Psychiatrist for stress causing anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. Therapy, Relaxation, Visual Imagery, and Yoga will help these symptoms. ...Read more

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I recently had shingles on my face and am taking gabapentin 3 x a day I still have infrequent headaches and am very sleepy or am unable to sleep.?

I recently had shingles on my face and am taking gabapentin  3 x a day   I still have  infrequent headaches and am very sleepy or am unable  to sleep.?

Side effects: Gabapentin can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and affect normal sleep patterns in many people. There are other choices to control pain of post-herpetic neuralgia, and you may not experience similar adverse effects. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin addicting?

Is gabapentin addicting?

Good Question: Most substances to be addictive must be shown to be associated with a Dopamine release in the brain's reward centers. I'm not aware of evidence for that with Gabapentin but nonetheless it is for some a potent anti-anxiety agent, so it doesn't surprise me that addictive like patterns can emerge. If that's the case it is time to look for other ways to safely and effectively address the anxiety. ...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


Dr. Eric Levin
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Neurontin (Definition)

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