Gabapentin

What is Gabapentin?

Gabapentin is a pharmaceutical drug, specifically a GABA analog. Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.

Questions and answers on "Gabapentin"

My daughter aged 16 has been on Gabapentin 300mg tds since august 2013 when she broke her pelvis in several places. She has been walking for the past 6 weeks and has reduced her gabapentin to 300mg b.d. and using ibuprufen maybe once or twice a day. She has noticed that she has put on weight over the past few weeks despite the fact she is now moving more than she was when non-weight bearing for 12 weeks. we wondered if this may be a side effect of the gabapentin despite the fact that she has reduced the dose.?

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gabapentin does increase weight no doubt , but why are u giving her for pelvis fracture , it may help decrease neural pain but nothing more with bone healing , what u can do is decrease the dosage to 300 mg then try stopping it with slowly decreasing as gabapentin also has withdrawal symptoms if...

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Is this drug gabapentin a blood thinner or does it react with aspirin?

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Gabapentin is not a blood thinner and you can safely take it with aspirin.
Gabapentin is used primarily to treat neuropathic pain. Gabapentin interacts with cortical neurons and reduces the axonal excitability....

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My husband has been taking the pill Gabapentin for about a month for back pain it seems to zap him and he has been falling asleep at different times this morning he fell into a deep sleep this has me worried should he go off the pill

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Brief Answer:
Gabapentin is sedative effects.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for your query.

Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug. It effects chemicals in the nerves and help in prevent the pain and seizures.

It acts centrally on the brain and has sedative effect.
This is the reason for sleep in...

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I have a question probably best suited for a Neurologist. I have nerve damage from an accident, which causes me pain and the sensation that my legs are on fire. Currently, I take Gabapentin 900mg 3x day. It helps greatly but the medication has many side effects. On my last visit to see my Neurologist, we discussed alternative meds. He said that Gabapentin and related meds all come from the same family and that changing meds really wouldn't help. I can't accept that. I want/need to reduce the side effects such as: confusion, memory problems, concentration difficulties, dry mouth, blurred vision, etc. There has to be something out there that is as effective as Gabapentin but with fewer side effects. I'm fed up and need to get some control back of my faculties. Thanks in advance.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Pregabalin and duloxetine are alternatives

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

It is unfortunate that you have severe neuropathic pain, and are not able to tolerate high doses of gabapentin. I agree with you that there are alternatives for gabapentin, with...

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IS GABAPENTIN A BETTER DRUG TO USE IN THE TREATEMENT FOR TRIGEMENTAL NEURALGIA

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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where there is facial pain usually on one side that may become recurrent or chronic. It may be associated with facial spasms or a tic.

There are different aspects of treatment such as medication, mechanical,electrical or...

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I have been taking 0.5 mg. Mirapex since about 2007 for restless leg symptoms (RLS). Now my doctor wants to switch me over to Gabapentin 300 mg. capsule every day 2 hours before bedtime. I checked the drug info and see that Gabapentin has many negative side effects. My RLS are much less and I have been taking the Mirapex mostly to help me sleep through the night. What is the safer med to take? I have googled both of these drugs and now am confused. My doc told me it takes 2 mos. to get the Mirapex out of one's system and really wants me to stop taking it. Is it actually harder on ones CNS than Gabapentin?

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Welcome to HCM.YOur doctor would not shift you from Mirapax to Gabapentin without reason.Gabapentin is generally well tolerated and and you may not have all the serious side effects you have read about on the net.It would be prudent to follow the advice of your doctor/Physican after discussing...

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Hi I have just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am taking Gabapentin 600 mg twice a day. They seem to work for a about two hours and then my pain and stiffness return. Should I talk to my doctor about increasing my dosage or is there a better medication to try? He gave me Gabapentin instead of Lyrica due to the cost. He said it was the same medication, the only difference is Lyrica is time released. Could I possibly take a pain medication with this? maybe that would help. The Gabapentin sometimes gives me a terrible headache. Thank you.

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Fibromyalgia is a systemic pain disease. The daily dose of gabapentin is 600 mg. You may take anticox 2 oral drugs in nessecary powerful pain. You should also follow up your doctor to estimate your pain level.

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I have been taking 3600mg per day of gabapentin for 6 years with no side effects. I recently developed a red rash on my forehead and cheeks. I have been eating the same foods, taking the same vitamins , and prescription creams do not help it. The rash is hot and itchy. Could I have developed a delayed reaction to gabapentin?

doctor1 MD

Hi, it does not seem to be due to gabapentin as you have been taking it for years.
I think you need to consult a dermatologist as the lesion is hot and itchy which suggests an underlying inflammation the cause of which should be searched for.
take care

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Can you have weight gain from taking gabapentin 300 mg six a day along with hydroco/apap 10-325 once a day and
cymbalta 30 mg once a day its seems that in the last couple of months I am gaining alot of weight and really watching what I eat no whites alot of veggies and fruits some meats etc.?

doctor1 MD

Hello Mr.XXXXXX!

Thanks for the query.

Yes, gabapentin do cause weight gain.
Gabapentin causes weight gain initially at the start of treatment and particularly when used at higher doses. Hence you can ask for adjusting the dose of the drug.
You can continue with the regular exercises and diet...

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What type of medical conditions is gabapentin usually used to treat? What are the common short-term and long-term side affects? Should you start off with a small dose (100mg) and stay at that level, or increase the dosage over time? Do you usually have to increase the dose, to have continued effectiveness?

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Gabapentin is a drug used to treat conditions like epilepsy, diabetic neuropathy, tingling sensations, nerve damage from shingles etc. Common side effects are tremors, depression, drowsiness, double vision, swelling of the ankles and feet, rashes etc. The starting dose of Gabapentin, but should...

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Recent questions on  Gabapentin

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I have had a burning sensation and numbness in my left leg for a month now. my doctor prescribed Tramadol, but it did not help. I called him today and he prescribed me gabapentin 100 mg. will this medicine ease the burning pain in my left leg. I cant stand this pain anymore.

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I have neuropathy in my feet and legs. I just started taking 3 gabapentin - 300mg and two metanx every day. When I had treatment for prostrate cancer my doctor started me on Centrum Silver. Is it okay to continue taking this vitamin along with the two prescriptions that my doctor has me taking? My son-in-law thought that the combination of the three pills would cause a high B-12 problem.

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I suffer from severe neuralgia in my neck which refers down to my shoulder blade with sharp stabbing pains and in to my elbow with a constant ache. I have heard of cervical injections to reduce this pain. is this possible and would i then be able to stop taking the mix of Gabapentin and amatryptalene

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I have had a head ache for two years or more. I have one about everyday.Its in behind my left eye up my neck and my head get so sore it feel like i have had i been hit by something. Nothing i take will help. Sometimes it last up to 12 hrs.Most of the time it 4 hrs.I got a shot last week and it help for 2 days i felt so lucky. But it was right back.I don t get sick from them i have been put on Migraine med sumatriptan & Gabapentin Hydrocod-APAP 7.5 but nothing s to help.I had a MRI and it was okay.I went to the eye Dr.and had my glasses change. I am going throw Chemo know i though that would help but it didn t. I have leukemia and the cancer in in my bone marrow. These headache as about got the best of me when when i have them its hard for me to see. I can t lay down it hurt so bad i have to set up until it stop. My daughter had a problem with head ache they got so bad she like to never found anyone to help her nothing would stop the pain. She found a Dr. that would help her. She had a blood vessel pressing on a nerve in her brain and it was so deep in her brain nothing could stop the pain. She had brain surgery and she done great. She was in nurses school.She had the surgery on Friday and was back in class on Monday.It was awful what she went throw because no one would listen. i don t want to take drug like hydrocod i gust need help

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i have crirrocis quit drihking 2years but i have bad itching

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My entire right arm keeps falling asleep whenever I sleep, regardless of my position. This has been happening for over a week. I have a history of both stroke and neuropathy. I am a 54 yr old woman.

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Hi my name is XXXXXXX I take trazodone, gabapentin and duloxetine HCL DR, with oxycodon-acetaminophen7.5-325 witch I have to drug test for. I was just told my test came back showing I have taken lorazepam . this is not the first time for this...

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