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Neurontin Making Pain Worse
I have pink eye. Sinus infection, fluid in ears. On antibiotics and eye drops its not going away and I think the Neurontin (gabapentin) is making pink eye worse?
Give it time: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
I have chronic subjective dizziness Very anxious.. Tried 6 different ssri and all make dizziness worse. Dr now wants neurontin (gabapentin). Thoughts?
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
Is there anything I can do to help the pain in my feet? I am taking neurontin (gabapentin). My feet hurt worse when ji lay down at nite keeps me awake.
Neuropathy: Get seen by a pain specialist. Likely you notice the pain more at night when you are not active and have "nothing else" to distract you. ...Read more
On perc for l excruciating neck, arm and l head neuralgia. Pain worsening. Neurontin (gabapentin) no help. Can't move w/out help.? Isn't pain responding?
Don't give up hope: There are a variety of other things to be considered based upon the postulated cause of your pain. Physical therapy? Might benefit from muscle relaxant, non steroidal, antiepileptic (for potential nerve pain) or maybe even an injection or trial of nerve stimulation, etc. Hard to tell from across the country. If your primary doc can't help you maybe a do / chiropractor or pain clini. C. ...Read more
I am trying to see what can be done for carpal tunnel. I have been taking BC powder, and neurontin (gabapentin). My hydro's have expired. The pain is getting worse?
Carpal tunnel: Nuerontin supresses nerve pain but does nothing for the increased mechanical pressure on the nerve or the inflammation that may be occurring in the carpal tunnel. Not sure what BC powder is or hydro's. Splinting not too tight is the first line rx for carpal tunnel. NSAIDS or even tylenol (acetaminophen) can help reduce inflammation. Severe nerve pain means a more significant issue, see doctor for more. ...Read more
Took my c spine MRI 6 months ago. Neck pain only got worse after nsaids. Pt.Neurontin. Epidural block. Need I take another mri? How do I cope with pain?
Second opinion: Is a good idea. An MRI can be submitted to http://conciergeradiologist. Com in the next few weeks for reevaluation. One picture is not enough - the whole study will need to be sent, but fortunately that's easy. This may be a more cost-effective way to getting to an answer than undergoing another mri. ...Read more
I just started Neurontin (gabapentin). I know that it isn't a common side effect of Neurontin (gabapentin), but it's making me have some intense hostility. Will it go away?
Won't subside: I've had to stop gabapentin in a few isolated cases for development of spontaneous irritability, unusual excitability, and even symptoms of anger and hostility in patients who are not normally so inclined. You should report this change to your doctor and ask to be changed to another agent. ...Read more
Gabapentin: Gabapentin is used to treat partial seizures, pain related to post herpetic neuralgia as well as neuropathic pain. While it does modulate the activity of the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gaba, it's mechanism of action is significantly different from that of a benzodiazepine or barbiturate. As a result does not result in physiologic dependence. ...Read more
The half life. ..: Of neurontin, (gabapentin) or the time it takes for half of the drug to lose its pharmacologic activity, is 5-7 hours. So at about 6 hours, 400 mg of activity remans; after another 6 hours, 200 mg of activity remains. After 24 hours, less than 50 mg. One sixteenth of the original dose. May be still active in the body. Likely no one would experience any effects from this. Short answer: "all" gone in 24 hours. ...Read more
Blocks glutamate: The exact mechanism is not fully understood. Neurontin (gabapentin) may work by binding to certain sites on nerve cells in order to block the release of glutamate. Glutamate in turn causes nerve cells to be abnormally excited and therefore accentuate pain. Does that help? ...Read more
Depends: Adverse effects can unfortunately occur within an hour of a dose, but treatment benefit can take a couple of weeks to gauge. ...Read more
If what is?: I don't understand what you are asking. If you are experiencing side effects, then you should go back to your physician and report them. ...Read more
Seizures: Neurontin (gabapentin) or Gabapentin is used to treat seizures. Individuals who would be taking the medication for seizure who abruptly stopped the medication could be at increased risk for seizure. Unless you would be at increase risk for seizure, there would be no need for notification. ...Read more
I was just prescribed neurontin (gabapentin). Is it more effective if I take with or without food?
Doesn't matter: Neurontin or Gabapentin is not dependent on whether you take it with or without food or even what types of food. This study (http://1.Usa. Gov/n5ysd2) actually looked at this issue and did not find any statistically significant differences. Best to take as directed by your doctor. Neurontin/gabapentin generally is best when taken in divided doses throughout the day. ...Read more
I just started Neurontin (gabapentin) 300mg & am supposed to increase to 900mg a day. How do I divide my dose?
Suggestions: Neurontin (gabapentin) or Gabapentin has a relatively short half-life and is best taken 3 times daily, about every 8 hrs. Maximum effective dose is about a total of 3600 mg daily. Slow titration done to allow fewer adverse reactions. Would suggest you first go to 300mg twice daily for 3 or 4 days and then 300 mg every 8 hrs. Do contact your doctor and get explicit directions as to how to proceed from there. ...Read more
I'm suppose to increase my Neurontin (gabapentin) from 600mg a day to 2400mg a day I misunderstood the plan to increase and took 1800mg today will I have problems?
Well....: First, increasing from 600 a day to 2400 a day in one single day would be a fairly quick jump. Using 1800 a day as an intermediate point would probably be fine. Neurontin (gabapentin) is actually an incredibly safe medicine and, other than typical side effects, you week be hard pressed to do yourself much permanent damage with it. ...Read more
My Dr upped my Neurontin (gabapentin). I was on 300mg TID, now I'm on 300mg BID&600mg 1x day, total of 1, 200Mg QD. Can I take the new dose spaced out like 300MG QID?
Ask your doctor: My best answer is ask your doctor who prescribed you the Neurontin (gabapentin). In my experience, the typical daily dosing of this medication is three times a day. When the dosing frequency is increased, patients tend to miss their doses (compliance decreases). Talk to your doctor and discuss your thoughts. ...Read more
IBU?: IBU? The International Beer Unit? Unless you're just not writing out the whole word for ibuprofen? Neurontin (gabapentin) is unrelated to ibuprofen by any means. It's a medication originally approved & designed to treat epilepsy but often used in pain management. Ibuprofen is an NSAID. To treat pain too. They're used in different pain types. Can't compare either strengths or potencies for that reason. ...Read more
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