Gabapentin for pain and anxiety

Posted by jadillow @jadillow, Apr 24, 2019

I have had some health issues and chest and body pains for month. Currently I am on an event monitor as all heart test have came back normal. I used to be on wellbutrin and stopped per new doctor and had no withdrawal thankfully. He talked about prescribing cymbalta/Duloxetine and wants to try it for my random pains which include shoulder, chest, leg and hips at times. Also random bouts of lightheadedness. All on left side and randomly. Sometimes not at all. I am losing sleep because when I lay down and start hurting I fear for the worst. I have sinus bradycardia when resting but they are not concerned with that at this point

Does anyone have and experience with this as medicine as the only medicine I am on now is bp medicine and a calcium blocker. Thanks in advance. .

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@sonya89149

I have been prescribed Gabapentin 600 mg for migraines and anxiety. Every time I take this medication I feel achy and it affects my vision. However, it helps with preventing migraines and makes me tired but it takes hours for me to fall asleep. Anyone else having this issue?

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@sonya89149. I actually take 400 mg each evening to help me go to sleep and stay asleep. It's effectiveness for that is proportional to how empty my stomach is. If I haven't eaten I have 3 hours before it hits me. The time I take it is based on what time I want to go to sleep. I just take it 3 hours prior to that and I can go to sleep at the time I planned for.

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I have been prescribed Gabapentin 600 mg for migraines and anxiety. Every time I take this medication I feel achy and it affects my vision. However, it helps with preventing migraines and makes me tired but it takes hours for me to fall asleep. Anyone else having this issue?

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Hello!
Last November I was put on 20mg of Lexapro and 300 mg (100mg) x 3 times per day of Gabapentin for severe physical anxiety symptoms associated with menopause. I was also put on .5 mg Ativan taken 3 times daily to try and help while waiting for SSRI to take effect.
My anxiety is still a challenge and my GP would like me to increase my Gabapentin dose and ideally start slowly titrating off of the Ativan once I’ve stabilized.
Any folks out there who take Gabapentin for somatic anxiety symptoms and if so, what have your experiences been like?

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@shushan

Hello!
Last November I was put on 20mg of Lexapro and 300 mg (100mg) x 3 times per day of Gabapentin for severe physical anxiety symptoms associated with menopause. I was also put on .5 mg Ativan taken 3 times daily to try and help while waiting for SSRI to take effect.
My anxiety is still a challenge and my GP would like me to increase my Gabapentin dose and ideally start slowly titrating off of the Ativan once I’ve stabilized.
Any folks out there who take Gabapentin for somatic anxiety symptoms and if so, what have your experiences been like?

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Hi @shushan and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I wanted you to be able to connect with people who are taking Gabapentin for anxiety so, you will see that I moved your post to a discussion where member are already discussing just that.

@shushan, with you being on the SSRI since November, it should be well into your system. Has your GP suggested a different SSRI like zoloft so that you can be on a higher dose or even a medication like buspar that you can take while on the lexapro to enhance the effects?

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Has your doctor mentioned the side effects of Gabapentin and how you will have to taper off this drug. Do some research on gabapentin.

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@amandaburnett

Hi @shushan and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I wanted you to be able to connect with people who are taking Gabapentin for anxiety so, you will see that I moved your post to a discussion where member are already discussing just that.

@shushan, with you being on the SSRI since November, it should be well into your system. Has your GP suggested a different SSRI like zoloft so that you can be on a higher dose or even a medication like buspar that you can take while on the lexapro to enhance the effects?

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Hello – no, no discussion yet on switching. They have talked about increasing Gabapentin as it apparently is fairly effective with hot flashes/anxiety associated with menopause?

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@sears

Has your doctor mentioned the side effects of Gabapentin and how you will have to taper off this drug. Do some research on gabapentin.

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Yes, I am aware that a really slow taper is required for all the ‘mind’ drugs.

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@jadillow

I was wrong it what I thought it was. It is actually called Gabapentin and I have heard mixed reviews so I’m hesitant.

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I've been on gabapenton for anxiety for a while now. I'm also on a few other medications and just added this one in for anxiety so I can only comment on the anxiety part of it which it does help with for me

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@lisalucier

@jadillow – I took gabapentin for about 7 weeks for postherpetic neuralgia after having shingles. It helped with the constant pain/tingling feeling. I recall no side effects whatsoever and no problems tapering off.

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What was the dose? (Yes, I know the comment is two years old.)

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I found gabapentin impossible to get off of. They prescribed it for me years ago for back pain and learned on my own that it calms me down. But if I stop or cut back I have instant anxiety and it is severe. Can’t sleep if I cut back either. Most people can’t tolerate it because it causes sleepiness or makes the drowsy.

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@bernac

I found gabapentin impossible to get off of. They prescribed it for me years ago for back pain and learned on my own that it calms me down. But if I stop or cut back I have instant anxiety and it is severe. Can’t sleep if I cut back either. Most people can’t tolerate it because it causes sleepiness or makes the drowsy.

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How much do you take and at what times?

For years, I took 900 mg at bedtime for RLS and associated pain. I was able to taper down to 600 mg without much trouble. Getting below 600 mg seems nearly impossible. I've read that some people, who no longer need it, keep taking it for life because they can't get off. 😒

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@balderdash

How much do you take and at what times?

For years, I took 900 mg at bedtime for RLS and associated pain. I was able to taper down to 600 mg without much trouble. Getting below 600 mg seems nearly impossible. I've read that some people, who no longer need it, keep taking it for life because they can't get off. 😒

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That’s what I am seeing, I can go down on doses but can’t stop totally. Anxiety would go through the roof if I stop. I tak 3×300 a day.

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