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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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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 the average dosage of gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy?

What is the average dosage of gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy?

Varies : Usually 600 mg three times a day. More or less, depends on tolerance to side effects. ...Read more

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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 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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Was prescribed Neurontin 1200 mg a day. Does it help releive peripheral neuropathy symptoms and how long does it take to have an effect ?

Helps relieve sympto: This is average dose. Neurontin (gabapentin) helps peripheral neuropathy. If partially helpful, and without side effects, consider increasing dose. If not helping, consider change to different medicine. ...Read more

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

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

Neurontin: Neurontin 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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I'm not responding to any meds given for sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet. Can dilaten help.Tried gabapenten lyrica Elavil cymbalta.

Dilantin: The use of Dilantin is unlikely to reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy if the other anti-convulsant medications have failed to relieve the pain. Alternative treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, capsaicin cream, Lidocaine patches and identifying and treating the cause of the neuropathy may help you feel better. ...Read more

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Md recommended i change from Neurontin to lyrica 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, 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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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


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