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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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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

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

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Can long term Neurontin (gabapentin) use cause seratonin syndrome?

Can long term Neurontin (gabapentin) use cause seratonin syndrome?

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

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Can being on long term, high doses of gabapentin and morphine cause menstrual irregularity?

Can being on long term, high doses of gabapentin and morphine cause menstrual irregularity?

Possibly: The opiates do interact with the hormonal axis in sometimes unpredictable ways for both woman and men. Morphine can affect the menstrual cycle. Gabapentin should not. ...Read more

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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 more

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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 thanks?

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
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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

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Can long term pantaprozole or gabapentin use cause pernicious anemia?

Can long term pantaprozole or gabapentin use cause pernicious anemia?

Pentoprazole: Pentoprazole lowers the acid in stomach, which with chronic use, can interfere with B12 absorption, hence result in pernicious anemia. Neurontin (gabapentin) rarely causes anemia. ...Read more

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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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Is Gabapentin (neurotin) effective on tic and appropriate for long term therapy? Could it cause mental confusion?

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

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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.

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

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How long does gabapentin take to work? And what side effects can happen on this medication?

How long does gabapentin take to work? And what side effects can happen on this medication?

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

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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

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

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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

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 more

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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?

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

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I just started gabapentin 100mgs and was just wondering how long the effectiveness lasts?

Unclear: You need to have a conversation with your prescribing physician. It is unclear why you are on gabapentin - pain, epilepsy, mood dysphoria etc.; the effectiveness of the drug will differ individually depending on the rationale for why it was prescribed. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to stay on neurontin (gabapentin)?

How long is it safe to stay on neurontin (gabapentin)?

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

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How long (months/years) is it safe to take gabapentin 600 mg?

How long (months/years) is it safe to take gabapentin 600 mg?

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

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How long does the withdrawals last from gabapentin 600 mg a day?

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

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How long does Neurontin (gabapentin) take to take affect pain wise ? Taking for neuropathic symptoms.

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 more

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Neurontin (Definition)

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