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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can children use Neurontin (gabapentin)?

Can children use Neurontin (gabapentin)?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Neurontin (Definition)

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