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Can Gabapentin cause chest tightness as a side-effect?

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Posted on Thu, 4 Oct 2018
Question: I have I have recently been diagnosed with Sjogren's with fibromyalgia - we are still trying to find the right combo of meds. I also have caught the flu (yay) - sneezing, nasal ingestion, chest congestion, coughing, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills. Tonight I feel like I have a very tight band around my chest just under the breastline. Is this a side effect of the gabapentin (or buproprion or escitalopram) mixing with Imodium and NyQuil?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

No, this symptom is not due to side effect.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

No, chest tightness is not due to drugs interactions you have mentioned.

Since you are having a viral infection (flu), you might have complicated this flu and developed bronchitis.

Bronchitis can cause chest tightness, cough, chest congestion etc.

So better to consult pulmonologist and get done a clinical examination of the respiratory system and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).

PFT will not only diagnose bronchitis but it will also tell you about the severity of the disease and treatment is based on severity only.

You will need inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) (budesonide or fluticasone).
Don't worry, you will be alright with all these.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Kaushal Bhavsar, Pulmonologist
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Can Gabapentin cause chest tightness as a side-effect?

Brief Answer: No, this symptom is not due to side effect. Detailed Answer: Hi, No, chest tightness is not due to drugs interactions you have mentioned. Since you are having a viral infection (flu), you might have complicated this flu and developed bronchitis. Bronchitis can cause chest tightness, cough, chest congestion etc. So better to consult pulmonologist and get done a clinical examination of the respiratory system and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). PFT will not only diagnose bronchitis but it will also tell you about the severity of the disease and treatment is based on severity only. You will need inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) (budesonide or fluticasone). Don't worry, you will be alright with all these. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Kaushal Bhavsar, Pulmonologist