Gabapentin vs Side Effects

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Oct 29, 2020

It was suggested I start a new discussion on the medication Gabapentin. I have been on this medication for 2+ years for Fibromyalgia I don't feel this is of benefit to me for the prescribed pain but my doctor is not of the mind to taper me off. The issue of dizziness and brain fog which is a problem in Fibromyalgia and I feel is intensified by the medication. I don't think it is helping my daily pain but I would like other thoughts on this medication, side effects and long term use.

@suzanne2

Thanks for the advice. I do have valid concerns about the side effects. I hate feeling drowsy, my morning dose really hits hard. The dizziness is also a issue for me along with what I call brain fog. I am on 600mg 3x a day. To me that is a very high dose with no significant help for fibromyalgia pain.

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then why take it? it's a anti seizer medication

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I finally had an appointment with neurologist office. I got no where as far as helping me get any pain relief but I did get them to tell me how to get off the gabapentin. I can drop 1 pill a week which means 9 weeks to get off the med totally. They were not happy doing so but I said I would do it myself anyway.

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Ask your pharmacist about getting off. I was only taking it for a week but he said one week is enough to get off.

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Gabapentin didn’t work form me. It gave me terrible tremors that made holding a glass impossible. I’ve had much better luck with Lyrica – no side effects. However, I am still also taking high dose pain meds for chronic neck pain following 5 neck surgeries over the 4 years. Your doctor should be open to finding the best combination of medications for you. Each of us responds to medications differently, so be persistent in finding what works for you.

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@faithgirl30

Gabapentin didn’t work form me. It gave me terrible tremors that made holding a glass impossible. I’ve had much better luck with Lyrica – no side effects. However, I am still also taking high dose pain meds for chronic neck pain following 5 neck surgeries over the 4 years. Your doctor should be open to finding the best combination of medications for you. Each of us responds to medications differently, so be persistent in finding what works for you.

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How long did the shaking continue?

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@wheelerma

How long did the shaking continue?

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@wheelerma the tremors continued until I was fully off the medication. I dropped one 1 pill every 4 days and so was off gabapentin within several weeks. I was relieved that the tremors stopped when the medication stopped and they were not something I had to deal with long term. There’s no way I would ever try taking gabapentin again.

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@faithgirl30

@wheelerma the tremors continued until I was fully off the medication. I dropped one 1 pill every 4 days and so was off gabapentin within several weeks. I was relieved that the tremors stopped when the medication stopped and they were not something I had to deal with long term. There’s no way I would ever try taking gabapentin again.

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@wheelerma I forgot about this! I had terrible tremors while on gabapentin, at times I could not even sign my name. I remember going to the ER and the nurse rolling her eyeballs at me since I couldn’t even hold a pen to complete some paperwork. I guess she thought I was faking? Who would WANT to fake that?

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Did Lyrica make you gain weight?

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@bustrbrwn22

@wheelerma I forgot about this! I had terrible tremors while on gabapentin, at times I could not even sign my name. I remember going to the ER and the nurse rolling her eyeballs at me since I couldn’t even hold a pen to complete some paperwork. I guess she thought I was faking? Who would WANT to fake that?

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I have been off Gaba for several weeks. How long did yours last? Have you found anything for pain? I even have Ketamin (sp) nasal spray and it doesn't help. Thank you.

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@wheelerma

Did Lyrica make you gain weight?

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@wheelerma It made me gain weight

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@wheelerma

I have been off Gaba for several weeks. How long did yours last? Have you found anything for pain? I even have Ketamin (sp) nasal spray and it doesn't help. Thank you.

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@wheelerma. Nothing helps/helped the pain but a painkiller, hard to come by in these overreactive times. Dropping you a PM.

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@bustrbrwn22

@wheelerma. Nothing helps/helped the pain but a painkiller, hard to come by in these overreactive times. Dropping you a PM.

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Where do I find your PM? I think I found PM but I didn't know what to look for?

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