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Is Gabapentin effective in treatment of chronic pain?

I have chronic pain and have recently been put on Gabapentin. I have been taking Norco and Methadone which have been working just fine. I don t know about changing now. I am 60 yrs. old and have had 3 spinal fusions and a hip replacement and revisions to my hip replacemant. So I have a lot of pain issues. Should I trust this new medication?
Mon, 20 Jan 2020
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Hi,

Sometimes it works sometimes Gabapentin doesn't work. It is an anti-epileptic that damps down nerves especially ones involved with pain and therefore can be helpful; the more the nerve is abnormally activated, the more effective it becomes. It is extraordinarily safe.


Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Matt Wachsman, Addiction Medicine Specialist
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Is Gabapentin effective in treatment of chronic pain?

Hi, Sometimes it works sometimes Gabapentin doesn t work. It is an anti-epileptic that damps down nerves especially ones involved with pain and therefore can be helpful; the more the nerve is abnormally activated, the more effective it becomes. It is extraordinarily safe. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Matt Wachsman, Addiction Medicine Specialist