Side effects and benefits of Gabapentin

Posted by spondi65 @spondi64, Jan 6, 2020

My Dr prescribed Gabapentin 300mg caps last Friday. I took one at bedtime & woke up at 3:30a.m. in horrible pain. Has anyone else experenced anything like this?

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@vklittle61

I take 2400 mg a day! That’s the max

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Wow!!!2400mg a day? You are in need of a change. I take 2 0f 300 mg for nerve repair and ntiseizure. Your dose iIS NOT FOR NERVES but restless leg syndrome. You are most probablely in AUGMENTATION from over use. Change direction immediately. I am a 90 year old retired physical Therapist . Why are you taking gabpintin? I do take Neurotin gabapintin for nerve repair and anti seizure. I have low dose of tramadol for pain. Please let me know why you are taking this medication?. It is not a pain medication directly.

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@rwinney

Hello Chris @artscaping. Considering you wish joy to so many… I thought today is a perfect day to wish joy to you!!! May you be free of suffering and have a pleasant day. 🌷
Rachel

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Oh my, oh my, oh my. You just made my day. Gorgeous. I will share them with my meditation sangha. And you, one of the most responsive and creative writers with an acknowledged sense of compassion and loving kindness, along with my mentor colleagues and family of Connect members, give meaning and purpose to my life. Thank you.
Chris

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@artscaping

Oh my, oh my, oh my. You just made my day. Gorgeous. I will share them with my meditation sangha. And you, one of the most responsive and creative writers with an acknowledged sense of compassion and loving kindness, along with my mentor colleagues and family of Connect members, give meaning and purpose to my life. Thank you.
Chris

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@artscaping Oh that makes me so happy to hear. You deserve everything back that you give out and then some. You are an inspiration. 😊

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@bill54321

Wow!!!2400mg a day? You are in need of a change. I take 2 0f 300 mg for nerve repair and ntiseizure. Your dose iIS NOT FOR NERVES but restless leg syndrome. You are most probablely in AUGMENTATION from over use. Change direction immediately. I am a 90 year old retired physical Therapist . Why are you taking gabpintin? I do take Neurotin gabapintin for nerve repair and anti seizure. I have low dose of tramadol for pain. Please let me know why you are taking this medication?. It is not a pain medication directly.

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Friendly reminder:
Please review the Community Guidelines (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/tab/community-guidelines/). The first guideline states:
1. Be careful about giving out medical advice: Sharing your own experience is fine, but don't tell other members what they should or should not do.

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When you have a background and passion about something, say it honestly.It will spark them to talk to their physician more, Some medical staff rely on the pharmacy to interpret the order. Gabapintine is grossly mis ordered and I can not apologize for the errors made on me with out preventing it happening to others. I usually make it a point to listen to your Physician, but not this time.

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@bill54321

Wow!!!2400mg a day? You are in need of a change. I take 2 0f 300 mg for nerve repair and ntiseizure. Your dose iIS NOT FOR NERVES but restless leg syndrome. You are most probablely in AUGMENTATION from over use. Change direction immediately. I am a 90 year old retired physical Therapist . Why are you taking gabpintin? I do take Neurotin gabapintin for nerve repair and anti seizure. I have low dose of tramadol for pain. Please let me know why you are taking this medication?. It is not a pain medication directly.

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You need to remember, the purpose of this forum is to relate what does and doesn't work for you. You should not give medical advice to others, even if you were a professional PT. If you stop and think, you can always think of a way to say what you want to say while couching it in terms of the first person.

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@bill54321 Even though I'm a retired nurse Bill you can't tell people to stop taking a med ,talk to your Dr yes Everybody is diff. Our constitution is made up different what works for one won't another so please refrain say it differently

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I take 300 mg at night & it makes you sleep good & I am tired in the morning but no other side effects. I take 100 mg in the morning & 1 1 100 mg in the afternoon. To be honest I see no improvement for my neuropathy.

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I am having a very hard time right now and have been. I have neuropathy, lymphedema, osteoarthritis. You all know, those painful ailments. Also fibromyalgia which I tend to forget until I tell the doctor I am so much pain and he reminds me. What is doing what I don't know. The pain and swelling in both ankles and feet is causing me to cave. Both my ankles and top of my feet feel like all the skin has been rubbed raw and alcohol poured on them. The water in the pool I go to for physical therapy burns them so bad I could cry. There are deep lines in my ankles just from sitting. Proping my legs and feet up does not help. I had been taking 600 mg of Gabapentin before bed. I thought maybe cutting it down to 200mg twice a day may help. No difference and I still don't sleep. I take 50 mg of amitripliline (elavil) at night supposedly for neuropathy pain. I still do not sleep through the night or 2 hours at a time. I take 37.5 Effexor in the morning for depression. Still depressed. I was laying down a while ago, but could not rest. I got up and could barely put my feet on the floor because of the swelling and pain. I just took a percocet which I am perscribed, 3 a day. I usually only take a half, but I just took a whole one. I feel a little relief after taking that and rubbing epsom salt foot gel on my feet and ankles. My sister had sent me a tube of that to see if it helps. This is the first time using it. Can't hurt. She purchased it in the dollar store near her and actually feels cool. My ankles and top of my feet were hot to the touch. The numbness is so bad that when I went to put the gel on I reached to my leg to pull the socks I did not have on, off. Right now my ankles and feet are pulsating and pain again. Any suggestions, recommendations? Not much sense in calling a doctor. They are not seeing patients unless it is very necessary. My doctor is aware of my problems and not sure he will do anymore after talking to me on the computer. I understand where the doctor's are coming from at this time. I needed to share my feelings right now. I thank anyone with any response, recommendation or suggestion. I also take a fluid pill in the morning and potassium.

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@summertime4

I am having a very hard time right now and have been. I have neuropathy, lymphedema, osteoarthritis. You all know, those painful ailments. Also fibromyalgia which I tend to forget until I tell the doctor I am so much pain and he reminds me. What is doing what I don't know. The pain and swelling in both ankles and feet is causing me to cave. Both my ankles and top of my feet feel like all the skin has been rubbed raw and alcohol poured on them. The water in the pool I go to for physical therapy burns them so bad I could cry. There are deep lines in my ankles just from sitting. Proping my legs and feet up does not help. I had been taking 600 mg of Gabapentin before bed. I thought maybe cutting it down to 200mg twice a day may help. No difference and I still don't sleep. I take 50 mg of amitripliline (elavil) at night supposedly for neuropathy pain. I still do not sleep through the night or 2 hours at a time. I take 37.5 Effexor in the morning for depression. Still depressed. I was laying down a while ago, but could not rest. I got up and could barely put my feet on the floor because of the swelling and pain. I just took a percocet which I am perscribed, 3 a day. I usually only take a half, but I just took a whole one. I feel a little relief after taking that and rubbing epsom salt foot gel on my feet and ankles. My sister had sent me a tube of that to see if it helps. This is the first time using it. Can't hurt. She purchased it in the dollar store near her and actually feels cool. My ankles and top of my feet were hot to the touch. The numbness is so bad that when I went to put the gel on I reached to my leg to pull the socks I did not have on, off. Right now my ankles and feet are pulsating and pain again. Any suggestions, recommendations? Not much sense in calling a doctor. They are not seeing patients unless it is very necessary. My doctor is aware of my problems and not sure he will do anymore after talking to me on the computer. I understand where the doctor's are coming from at this time. I needed to share my feelings right now. I thank anyone with any response, recommendation or suggestion. I also take a fluid pill in the morning and potassium.

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Hey there @summertime4 . My heart feels your pain and I'm real sorry to hear of your struggles. Might something as simple as ice help, even to numb for a while? Have you tried medical marijuana? Is it legal in your state?

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@rwinney

Hey there @summertime4 . My heart feels your pain and I'm real sorry to hear of your struggles. Might something as simple as ice help, even to numb for a while? Have you tried medical marijuana? Is it legal in your state?

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With all the pain I have the only thing that helps is marijuana the kind you smoke. Two pokes of marijuana will calm your pain and calm you and make you relax and it helps so much.

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@summertime4

I am having a very hard time right now and have been. I have neuropathy, lymphedema, osteoarthritis. You all know, those painful ailments. Also fibromyalgia which I tend to forget until I tell the doctor I am so much pain and he reminds me. What is doing what I don't know. The pain and swelling in both ankles and feet is causing me to cave. Both my ankles and top of my feet feel like all the skin has been rubbed raw and alcohol poured on them. The water in the pool I go to for physical therapy burns them so bad I could cry. There are deep lines in my ankles just from sitting. Proping my legs and feet up does not help. I had been taking 600 mg of Gabapentin before bed. I thought maybe cutting it down to 200mg twice a day may help. No difference and I still don't sleep. I take 50 mg of amitripliline (elavil) at night supposedly for neuropathy pain. I still do not sleep through the night or 2 hours at a time. I take 37.5 Effexor in the morning for depression. Still depressed. I was laying down a while ago, but could not rest. I got up and could barely put my feet on the floor because of the swelling and pain. I just took a percocet which I am perscribed, 3 a day. I usually only take a half, but I just took a whole one. I feel a little relief after taking that and rubbing epsom salt foot gel on my feet and ankles. My sister had sent me a tube of that to see if it helps. This is the first time using it. Can't hurt. She purchased it in the dollar store near her and actually feels cool. My ankles and top of my feet were hot to the touch. The numbness is so bad that when I went to put the gel on I reached to my leg to pull the socks I did not have on, off. Right now my ankles and feet are pulsating and pain again. Any suggestions, recommendations? Not much sense in calling a doctor. They are not seeing patients unless it is very necessary. My doctor is aware of my problems and not sure he will do anymore after talking to me on the computer. I understand where the doctor's are coming from at this time. I needed to share my feelings right now. I thank anyone with any response, recommendation or suggestion. I also take a fluid pill in the morning and potassium.

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I am taking 2 of 300mg of gabapintin. at night It is a drug to help nerves heal. It is also for anti-seizure. This maker is called Neuriton. The Makers of a stronger gabipentin is called Horizon. It makes 600mg pills which 2 are frequently for restless leg syndrome. A third maker is for shingles. All are Gapipintin is the same but in different doses. It is typically not a pain pill. Did your Physician tell you why you were given the drug?

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