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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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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What is a good med for peripheral neuropathy? I can't take Gabapentin.

What is a good med for peripheral neuropathy?  I can't take Gabapentin.

Not major problem: Many choices including Lyrica (which may be tolerated better than gabapentin, but also consider Horizant and Gralise). Might try Cymbalta, Savella, (milnacipran) amitryptyline, but may benefit from lamotrigine, levetiracetam, other tricyclics or even SSNRI's. But maybe find etiology of neuropathy and treat cause directly. ...Read more

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Does gabapentin prevent peripheral neuropathy from getting worse?

Does gabapentin prevent peripheral neuropathy from getting worse?

Not exactly: Gabapentin can help control the symptoms of a peripheral neuropathy but it is less likely to really alter the ultimate course. ...Read more

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I have been taking Neurontin (gabapentin) for peripheral neuropathy because i was told it will stop nerve damage from progressing. Is that true ?

I have been taking Neurontin (gabapentin) for peripheral  neuropathy because i was told it will stop nerve damage from progressing.  Is that true ?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Neurontin (gabapentin) is commonly used to treat nerve pain in peripheral neuropathy. It does not stop the progression of the damage. That requires understanding the cause of the pain and treating that cause. ...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 take gabapentin 300 mg twice a day for severe bilateral peripheral neuropathy pain. Is 900 mg a day safe for kidneys? I'm stage 3, PKD patient.

Increase Gabapentin?: Gabapentin (g) toxicity in patients with chronic kidney disease (ckd) is under recognized. Patients with ckd often receive inappropriately high g dosage for their kidney function, occasioning overt toxicity; advanced age and comorbidity predispose ckd patients to toxicity. I would ask your nephrologist's (c) opinion before increasing the dose, as the n knows you the best. ...Read more

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Can I take cymbalta (duloxetine) and gabapenten together for sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet. What is the usual dose that cymbalta (duloxetine) startsvto be effe?

Go to your PCP: It would be best to start one medication at a time to see your response. Every individual response to Cymbalta (duloxetine) is different but you can start at 30 mg. Once you've established the dose for Cymbalta (duloxetine) and your neuropathy is still troublesome, you can add Gabapentin. It is best to have your doctor monitor your medication. ...Read more

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Md recommended i change from Neurontin to lyrica (pregabalin) for peripheral neuropathy. Should i expect to have decreased feelings of numbness in toes and feet?

Different treatments: Peripheral neuropathy is when the nerves do not function as they should when the sensory nerves are affected, the sensations can range from complete lack of sensation to a "lightning bolt" pain that occurs sporadically. Both of these medications are used to treat peripheral neuropathy as well as several others. Not all medications work for everybody so use it for a while to be sure. ...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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Definition)

Peripheral neuropathy is a generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the ...Read more