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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

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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I have been on Naproxen 500gm 2x per Day for a very long time. I also take lithium, gabapentin, and villadozone. What is the half life if I quit now?

I have been on Naproxen 500gm 2x per Day for a very long time. I also take lithium, gabapentin, and villadozone. What is the half life if I quit now?

Half-life range: 12 - 17 hrs is the range to have your system load be half of the last dose. It is not a narcotic. The pain and your pain responses (anxiety, insomnia, etc) may return but there is no additional chemical w/drawal. A few days and it will all be out of your system. ...Read more

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What is gabapentin?

What is gabapentin?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Is an anticonvulsant that is also used for neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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What is gabapentin 800?

What is gabapentin 800?

Gabapentin: Gabapentin is a neuromodulating drug that works by blocking an excitatory neurotransmitter in your body called glutamate. By decreasing the amount of general excitation of pathologic nerves (from diabetes, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc), Gabapentin helps to reduce the pain from those conditions. 800 refers to the dose, though is too high to start on. Side effects include sleepiness. ...Read more

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What does gabapentin do?

What does gabapentin do?

Many uses: Gabapentin aka Neurontin (gabapentin) is considered an anti epileptic, but is rarely used for epilepsy except as an adjunct to other medications. It is more commonly used for neuropathic pain or as a muscle relaxant. It's exact mechanism of action is unknown except that it blocks voltage-dependent calcium channels and modulates excitatory neurotransmitter release ...Read more

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Is gabapentin addicting?

Good Question: Most substances to be addictive must be shown to be associated with a Dopamine release in the brain's reward centers. I'm not aware of evidence for that with Gabapentin but nonetheless it is for some a potent anti-anxiety agent, so it doesn't surprise me that addictive like patterns can emerge. If that's the case it is time to look for other ways to safely and effectively address the anxiety. ...Read more

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What is gabapentin 600 mg?

Anti-epileptic: Gabapentin or Neurontin (gabapentin) is a commonly used anti-epileptic medications. It is also used for chronic pain, headaches, and neuropathies. ...Read more

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Maximum dose of gabapentin a day?

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Neurontin (gabapentin): Average is 1, 800mg. Per day. Less if elderly or child or kidney impairment. ...Read more

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What is Neurontin (gabapentin) used for?

What is Neurontin (gabapentin) used for?

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

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Can children use Neurontin (gabapentin)?

Can children use Neurontin (gabapentin)?

Neurontin (gabapentin): For seizures, in children 3years or older. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: gabapentin?

Relaxant & analgesic: Gabapentin (marketed as neurontin) is a drug used for the treatment of epilepsy (anticonvulsant), chronic nerve-related pain (analgesic), and conditions like fibromyalgia. Its side effects include dizziness, fatigue, weight gain, drowsiness, & swelling of extremities. A structurally related compound is gaba, a supplement that has a calming, relaxing, & anti-anxiety effect on the body. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of taking gabapentin?

What are the dangers of taking gabapentin?

Gabapentin problem: In 2008, the us food and drug administration mandated warning labeling for anticonvulsant medications regarding the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Patorno et al 2010 found gabapentin, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, and tiagabine, compared with the use of topiramate, may be associated with an increased risk of suicidal acts or violent deaths. Gabapentin by itself is beneficial. ...Read more

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Can I take airborne while taking gabapentin?

Safe to use: Yes, you can use them at the same time. ...Read more

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Could I use gabapentin for recreational uses?

No: You should not use prescription medications for recreational use at all. It is dangerous and illegal in some states. If you did so with gabapentin, it wouldn't do much except make you sleepy. ...Read more

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Can you take airborne while taking gabapentin?

Yes, separately: My main concern is the possibility that the magnesium that is an ingredient in the airborne could reduce the availability of the gabapentin. Some sources talk of twenty percent reduction, I am not sure if that would translate into anything that would be noticeable to you. You would do best to to space it out and take the Gabapentin at a completely different time 2 hours or more apart. Stay safe! ...Read more

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How safe is Neurontin (gabapentin) on the body?

How safe is Neurontin (gabapentin) on the body?

Very safe: But in some people it can have side effects. It is best to have the dose increased slowly to avoid the side effects. ...Read more

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Can you take eperisone and gabapentin together?

Yes: The two compounds should not interact with each other. However, both can be sedating. ...Read more

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Lowest effective dose of neurontin (gabapentin)?

Need to know: The condition being treated. If you could resubmit with that information than we would be able to answer the question. Thank you. ...Read more

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What does Neurontin (gabapentin) do to the body?

Mostly unknown...: Neurontin (gabapentin) was designed as a synthetic version of an 'inhibitory' brain neurotransmitter called GABA. While it may work on GABA, it likely has other effects on the body that are poorly understood. ...Read more

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Can you please explain what gabapentin is used for?

Can you please explain what gabapentin is used for?

Variety of uses: Gabapentin has been used for epileptic seizures, trigeminal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, peripheral nerve pain, fibromyalgia, and even bipolar disorder. It is an older medicine with dosing limitations at a max of about 2400 mg. It has been largely supplanted by the newer drug lyrica (pregabalin). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gabapentin?

Gabapentin: 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 of brain through gaba. ...Read more

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Is Gralise tolerated by people better than Gabapentin?

Not necessarily: I'm sure you're aware that Gralise is A brand name for the generic gabapentin. There are many other BRAND NAME drugs which are nothing but gabapentin. So really, the whole argument of which is better, Brand or Generic is moot since some people react better to one than other and all the bad rap that generics get really just comes down to individual body reactivity to each preparation. ...Read more

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Can you take Neurontin (gabapentin) and eat grapefruit?

Not recommended: Eating grapefruit is usually considered to be healthful. But it can interact with Neurontin (Gabapentin). The hazardous interactions can occur many hours after grapefruit is consumed, . Thus avoid grapefruit altogether while on Neurontin. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for gabapentin to start working?

A while: Since it has to be started low and titrated up slowly I would give it 6-8 weeks to see what dose is going to be effective for you. ...Read more

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Gabapentin seems to be making me drool a lot. Will it go away?

If it continues: A low dose of benztropine will stop it from happening. ...Read more

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How can Neurontin (gabapentin) work on the nerves to stop pain?

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

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Neurontin (Definition)

Neurontin is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more