Is amitriptyline as good as Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain?

Yes. They work on different receptors and one might work better for a specific pain or a specific patient. They can also be taken together. If amitriptylene helps but causes too much side effects consider switching to desipramine.
Depends on diagnosis. Amitriptyline (elavil (amitriptyline) for brand name) is an anti-neuropathic medicine. It is an old generation anti-depressant. Neurontin (gabapentin) is also an anti-neuropathic medicine. Neurontin is also an anti-seizure type medicine. Patients with chronic nerve pain have different reactions to anti-neuropathics. Neurontin seems to have more specificity toward nerve pain.

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Am trying Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Ideas to stay awake?

Neurontin (gabapentin) What is the dose of neurontin (gabapentin)?. How many times a day?. Any other medications?. Please clarify. Read more...
Gabapentin. This compound may induce somnolence and dizziness in some people who take it. These effects seem to lessen with time the longer you are taking it. Would recommend not driving, operating instruments or other activities while you are experiencing side-effects. Not aware of any simple means of reversing the sensation of sleepiness. Read more...
Take at night. Take the majority of the dose later in the day or at bedtime. The sedation decreases the laonger you take the drug. You should be careful of taking it with other sedating drugs, especially early in your use of the medication. Read more...

I am considering taking Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Does this medication have a history of causing weight gain. I read that it did.

Gabapentin, yes. Possible weight gain. Unfortunately, doctors often do not address this when prescribing medicine, despite weight gain being very troubling for the many patients. Gabapentin differs from most other anticonvulsants, because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. It is used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain (nerve pain) conditions. Read more...

So how and why does b-12 stop nerve pain more effectively than neurontin (gabapentin)?

Non-medical evidence. Recent studies of chronic pain management suggest that a combination of psychological, pharmacological and physical therapies, tailored to the needs of the individual patient, may be the best approach to mange neuropathic pain. Pharmacological choices are: amitriptyline, duloxetine, Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin) as initial treatment for neuropathic pain, but not B12. Read more...

Why is Neurontin (gabapentin) usually given for nerve pain and not bruises or other injuries?

Because.... Neurontin (gabapentin) when used for pain is a medication that does not reduce inflammation or help what is called proprioceptive pain. This medication acts on the membrane of your nerves and is mainly useful for pain in which the nerve transmission of the pain needs to be altered. Read more...
Nerve treatment. Neurontin (gabapentin) or Gabapentin was formulated as a medication to treat seizures. There is no evidence that it is helpful for pain except for that due to nerves. Read more...

Can I assume that since my pain has been decreased since being on Neurontin (gabapentin) that it was nerve pain?

Not necessarily. Since the nerves carry the pain signals to the brain, and Neurontin (gabapentin) works by "calming down" the nervous activity, pain from just about any source can be helped by Nerontin. Read more...