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Long Term Effects Of Gabapentin
I take gabapentin for my fibromyalgia, but the helpful effects seemed to have worn off. I'm in excruciating, constant pain. Any suggestions?
Does gabapentin has lots of side effects?How about if i wish to take it long term for preventing my ongoing extreme stress which effects my capability
Could be : Gabapentin side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, asthenia, weight gain, ankle/foot swelling, and maximal dose is quite low. If it helps your stress, perhaps might be of value, but there are likely far better choices. Find a supportive psychiatrist and design a treatment approach. ...Read more
Very unlikely: First, it is unusual for Neurontin (gabapentin) to cause drug-drug interactions of any kind. Futhermore, the maximum useful dose is below 2400 mg daily, and higher amounts will not provide any enhanced effects. So, on it's own, the drug is certainly unlikely to cause seratonin syndrome ...Read more
How long is safe to take gabapentin for rls? I´m afraid the long term use can cause parkinson´s disease... Is it possible to happen?
Safety: Gabapentin has been around since early 1970s and used for lots of conditions into the very high doses. Typically no causative issues with degenerative problems like parkinsons. With that being said, it does have side effects. With any medications you have weigh benefit vs. Risk. For RLS doses, typically side effects are minimal. Have treated people upwards of 10 years with Gabapentin ... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 38, and can't use dairy and citrus much, using gabapentin and omeprazole long term, how much calcium & vit d in mg, should I take per day
At least 2000 Vit D: Vitamin d should be at least 2000iu possibly 5000. Calcium, depends on your diet, what type of calcium and how much. If you are a vegetarian your requirements for calcium are different than if you aren't. One good calcium supplement is raw code calcium, it has 1600 iu vitamin d and food based calcium in addition to other minerals. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is Gabapentin (neurotin) effective on tic and appropriate for long term therapy? Could it cause mental confusion?
Better question!: You've got a better question this time about gabapentin and tic disorders. When you say "Tic" do you mean Tic doloreaux, do you mean Tic disorder such as Tourette's Syndrome, or something else? If you're talking about the former then, gabapentin in not all that effective for most people. It's even worse for Tourette's. Gabapentin can cause some people to become very confused...others not so much ...Read more
Is gabapentin and tramadol okay to take long term ? Only just started with gabapentin a week ago. For burning prickly nerve like symptoms in legs.
It is OK: There is no interaction and it is a good combo for neuropathic pain management for a long period of time. It is very important to follow your doctor's dosing instructions exactly. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose so your body can get used to the new medication and minimize possible side effects. Do not self medicate. ...Read more
Depends on condition: It depends on the condition being treated. For chronic pain it will be about 5 days for noticeable improvement. If seizures are being treated it could take a little longer and dosing might need to be adjusted. There are a lot of potential side effects, but most people tolerate the medication well. You'll get the best information from your pharmacist so talk to him. Feeling groggy is most common. ...Read more
I ve bad chronic cough and was given gabapentin, i saw long list of side effects on leaflet, is there a way i can avoid its side effects?
I must use it
Gabapentin? cough?: If you have been given Gabapentin for a chronic cough i'd like to know that you had exhausted every other conceivable option. I'd like to know your work up and previous meds tried. In low dose the side effects can be pretty mild but if you haven't been adequately evaluated it is not correct to use early. ...Read more
On gabapentin for 1 1/2 yrs since surgery 2 remove 4 fingers. Are there side effects from being on too long? It helps my pain which may never go away
Neuropathy: Why you had the fingers amputated? one hand or in both ? Are you a diabetic patient? if so you may take it for life. If not, try to discontinue the medication under medical supervision.. Very slow, you did not mentioned the dose you are taking, this is very important. Are you on other medications ? Do not drop a medication for pain that works well. Se a pain management MD for advise. . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the risks/side effects of Gabapentin Rheumatologist says speak to my GP about it since Amytriptaline works no longer for sleep help/nightpain?
Fewer side effects: Hi Helen, I'm a PhD, not an MD, so will defer to prescribing physicians. In my experience, as a psychologist working with chronic pain, side effects occur more frequently with Amitriptyline, and Gabapentin tends to be better tolerated. Gabapentin is more expensive, however, and one usually has to take it more frequently. Hope this is helpful. Take care ...Read more
Neurontin (gabapentin): It is prescribed for a reason, and if it's helping , stay on it for as long as your doctor recommends. ...Read more
Necessary vs safe: This is not an easy (safe) drug to take for any time and it may require more and more to be effective - BUT it may be necessary. Discuss this in depth w/ your Dr and keep them closely informed of how you are doing. Always seek to evaliate as many non-drug treatments as possible. Best! ...Read more
Usually quick: Gabapentin is one of the least likely drugs to have withdrawal symptoms, and if you do have withdrawal, it is usually over very quickly. If you went from 600mg/day to zero, you could go down to 300mg/day for a couple of days and then stop, or even go smaller to 100mg/day for a couple of days. This downward titration would help with withdrawal. ...Read more
How long does Neurontin (gabapentin) take to take affect pain wise ? Taking for neuropathic symptoms.
Quickly: Gabapentin (brand name neurontin) will be effective in about an hour after taking the first dose and lasts about 6-7 hours. If you have constant pain, then you will need to take it three or four times a day. The dose that patients need varies a lot, so if the medication does not help after several doses, call your physician to see about adjusting the dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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