Gabapentin for sleep

Posted by Lorena Egas @lorena1egas, May 12, 2021

Is anyone on gabapentin for sleep? If so how much (dose) to start?

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Hi, I dont take it for sleep, I take it for Spinal stenosis. It made me mildly sleepy for one night and that was it. And that is 400 mg three times a day. My wife has really major trouble sleeping and takes Alteril gelcaps. Hope some of this helps.

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@john567

Hi, I dont take it for sleep, I take it for Spinal stenosis. It made me mildly sleepy for one night and that was it. And that is 400 mg three times a day. My wife has really major trouble sleeping and takes Alteril gelcaps. Hope some of this helps.

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Hello @john567, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a welcoming online community where patients share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. Thanks for sharing your experience with gabapentin.

Do you mind sharing how you found Connect and what you were searching for?

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@lorena1egas, I don't take gabapentin but have read that one of it's uses is treating insomnia and anxiety. Drug.com has some reviews from users that you might find helpful.

User Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Insomnia: https://www.drugs.com/comments/gabapentin/for-insomnia.html

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Gabapentin isn't actually a "sleeping pill" but because it causes drowsiness, it is frequently prescribed to help people sleep who also have leg pains/discomfort. For me, it simply didn't work. I was told that it takes awhile for Gabapentin to work so I stayed on them for about two months. What is working best for me (a chronic insomniac) is Trazadone (less head fog in the morning) for sleep and prescription Naproxin for leg pain. Good luck! Sometimes it just takes experimentation to find what works best for you.

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@johnbishop

Hello @john567, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a welcoming online community where patients share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. Thanks for sharing your experience with gabapentin.

Do you mind sharing how you found Connect and what you were searching for?

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Searching the Internet for medical related information and I found this site from a renown medical center listed.

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@kenc

Searching the Internet for medical related information and I found this site from a renown medical center listed.

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Can you post the site please !

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@cila

Can you post the site please !

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Cilia, the site @kenc is referring to is Mayo Clinic Connect (this site) in response to @johnbishop's question about how Ken found us. 🙂

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I take it for neuropathy and don't recommend it for off label uses, like sleep. Drowsiness is a side effect that wears off after a few days as you build a tolerance. After that there is withdrawal when you try to stop it.

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Agree, I Tk 900mg at night for sleep! Took 2weeks to start working

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@wilcy
I’ve taken anticonvulsant drugs for 55 years and only do so as a last result. I hope none of the side effects cause you any problems like memory, balance and cognition issues among many other potential side effects. I know studies are showing positive benefits for insomnia and wouldn’t be surprised if it’s eventually approved by the FDA as a treatment for insomnia.
Sweet dreams,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@wilcy
I’ve taken anticonvulsant drugs for 55 years and only do so as a last result. I hope none of the side effects cause you any problems like memory, balance and cognition issues among many other potential side effects. I know studies are showing positive benefits for insomnia and wouldn’t be surprised if it’s eventually approved by the FDA as a treatment for insomnia.
Sweet dreams,
Jake

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This is sorta last resort for me! After taking gaba, atleast I can walk a short distance now! Tks for response!

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@wilcy
I’m glad it’s working for you. It didn’t help me.

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