• Gabapentin (aka Neurontin) for Neuropathy

    Asked by Lirasgirl33 on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Gabapentin (aka Neurontin) for Neuropathy

    I am curious about the experiences of Whatnexters that have taken this medication for neuropathy. Did it help? Did you experience any side effects? Would you recommend this medication to others? I've been experiencing nerve pain and was wondering whether to take this or not.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I remember several people talking about using this. I know TC used it with good results. I'm sure others will chime in on this. Hope you are doing OK.

      over 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I'm using it. I didn't think it was working then I missed a dose. Oh, yes, I can definitely tell the difference. Without it, I have pain. With it, my feet are just numb. I take 300 mg in the morning, 300 after lunch & 600 mg before I go to bed. If I take more in the morning, I'm wiped out. It helped me. My PCP had me try Amitriptyline, as the Gabepentin causes some swelling in my feet. Amitriptyline didn't help at all. Sorry you are having issues. Hope you find the right solution for you.

      over 6 years ago
    • Estherj's Avatar
      Estherj

      I also take gabapentin 3 times a day and it helps me with pain.

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Give it a try and see if it works for you! I tried it myself- it worked and I didn’t have any memorable or bad side effects, but I found that Lyrica worked better for me.
      By the way, I had been on the Lyrica first but I went off of it to try Neurontin to see if it was any better. Lyrica is a similar medication and everybody responds differently so I guess we just have to try to see why works best for us. I tend to ‘shop around’ and try different medications to see what works best for me. I’m stage IV with chronic cancer so I am always ‘shopping around’ for something better. But this is a good drug for neuropathy and works better for most patients than Lyrica ( I was an exception I guess) so again if I were you I would definitely give it a try. I strongly recommend Neurontin and also Lyrica. Good luck and God bless!

      over 6 years ago
    • SullyJackson's Avatar
      SullyJackson

      I first started on it in 2003 when I had breast cancer and have taken it every since. I forgot to put it in my pills this week and thought I was sick for three days before I discovered my omission. It not only helps with neuropathy but any nerve damage you may have. Without it I have severe back pain. If I ever had side effects, I didn't notice. I take 3 - 300mg pills per day. I definitely recommend it.

      over 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I am taking gabapentin for nerve injuries due to a back injury. It seems that my nerves, muscles and bones are deteriorating. I was first given Lyrica and I had terrible side effects I had a huge weight gain (10 pounds in 2 weeks) with a loss of appitite. I also was dizzy and it did nothing for the muscle weekness. So now I take gabapentin. It seems to be slowing the deterioration of the nerves and muscle weekness. I also take calcium and Vitamin B12. Gabapentin has also somewhat controlled the tremor,

      over 6 years ago
    • Chatay23's Avatar
      Chatay23

      I've been I. It now for two months due to neuropathy from the chemo treatments and Neulasta shots. I started with two a day but found that three seems to work better! I haven't had any side effects to report. Give it a try and if it doesn't work, tell your doctor. Good luck

      over 6 years ago
    • denise735's Avatar
      denise735

      I got very sick from taking this, it made me nausea just after taking it for two weeks, the Dr took me off of it so I am not taking anything at the moment for my pain, going to Dr in Jan and will be talking to her about it then.

      over 6 years ago
    • lroz57's Avatar
      lroz57

      I've been using it for several yes. if not I couldn't walk. It works really well!

      over 6 years ago
    • prittinpink's Avatar
      prittinpink

      My Dr. told me there was no medicine for chemo induced neuropathy. Are you done with chemo cause if you aren't they should lower your dose. Also the B vitamins are supposed to help. :)

      over 6 years ago
    • barbdee's Avatar
      barbdee

      Have been taking it since summer of 2013 during chemo. Millions have taken this generic drug for diabetes nerve pain. I would not be able to work, sleep or live without it! However, my internist keeps me to 3 times a day @300mg. mainly, due to my prior decreased kidney function.
      Anything, anything that assists in reducing pain is a godsend. No one should be shamed into not taking medicines.

      over 6 years ago
    • tndrft001's Avatar
      tndrft001

      If you do decide to try this medication, make sure you are having regular blood work done to check liver and kidney functions. Sometimes doctors to forget about that if not reminded, gently, by the patient, to have them do this, at least a couple times a year, at the minimum. I've had chronic back issues since 1996 and took both this and Lyrica to see how they would work for me. With this, I had quite a bit of memory loss (but to be fair, I was on several other medications as well that could have caused it or even the combo of meds itself) and with the Lyrica, I had to stop it because I'm one of the rare people who started having seizures while taking it with Ultram ER. I now take Zonegran. It's okay but didn't work nearly as well as the Lyrica did for me. If I thought my doctor would do it, I would ask to try the Lyrica again, but that is just myself. It may take a bit of experimentation to find the right one for you that helps with your neuropathy. Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I used this when RSD flared up. Several times, my right arm was paralyzed. Once I got knocked down by a running student and my site hit a sharp rock. I go up til I feel like I'm floating, and then I slowly cut back to zero. For neuropathy, I walked, I did hamstring stretches 4 times a day, and then packed my legs in ice for 15 minutes each. Stupid doctor poisoned me with Simvastatin. It went up into my hips. I still do that-as the neuropathy comes back if I don't do my routine. My PCP wanted me to to take Gabapentin. I wasn't too pleasant. If I'm taking that and my RSD gets set off again, I won't have anything to help me. I've found that if I wear padded shoes-like the specialist prescribed, my feet and ankles start burning and tingling, while numb-my feet and legs go to sleep. I wear western boots that support my feet, force circulation, and I do pretty good. So much for being in a wheel chair or on a walker at best. It took me over 2 years before the peripheral neuropathy went below my knees. My original RSD treatment was nerve blocks.

      over 6 years ago
    • lawcreate's Avatar
      lawcreate

      Are you now using this drug and is it working for you? Any OTHER differences with it?

      over 6 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      For me, I haven't taken gabapentin for 10 years, and my neuropathy completely left me this summer. I still have to do hamstring exercises and ice packs. The neuropathy was so bad from statin poisoning that I fell a lot. I couldn't feel my feet at all, and I wouldn't be walking on the bottom of my feet.. I'd be walking on the side and 2 steps, and I'd fall. The pins and needles, the pain of stepping on my feet, the weakness in my ankles. It was horrible.

      over 6 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Hi everyone. Thank you so so much for all your input on this subject. I truly do appreciate it. At this moment I haven't yet started the Gabapentin. At the same time I was given the prescription, I was also given a prescription for Tramadol (opiate pain med). I decided to try one medication at a time. Just in case I had any allergic reaction or severe side effects I would be able to pin point the med that was causing it. The Tramadol, after using it for just over a month, causes me a lot of dizzy spells, nausea, cold sweats and vomiting. This happened after I took the prescribed dose of 50mg. I told my doctor about it and she told me to cut the pills in half and only take a half dose of 25mg. The medication still made me very dizzy and unfortunately did not take care of the pain for too long. I have been experiencing nerve damage pain on the left side of my abdomen, between my rib cage and belly button. CT scans didn't show anything and the pain I described was more of a nerve damage symptom. I am also experiencing back pain. My back is very sensitive to any pressure applied. This pain is a lot less tolerable which is why I decided to take the Tramadol first. It works, it just makes me really sick. I will not be taking this medication any more.

      I will be starting on the Gabapentin at night first and then increase the times per day little by little. Wish me good luck. :) Glad to hear it has worked for a lot of people. I will also keep an eye on any severe allergic reactions to it. Thank you all again. I will post an update once I have the Gabapentin in my system and it starts working, or not working. The doc told me it could take a couple of weeks for the medication to build up in my system and start working. I

      about 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Sorry you had problems w/the Tramadol. Hope the Gabapentin is a good solution for you.

      about 6 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      You are right about it taking a long time to kick in. I started with 100mg twice a day Now, I am taking 300mg three times a day. You can also take Chamomile Tea for pain. I also throw about a teaspoon a day of turmeric on my food Good Luck with Gabapentin it is a healer not a pain killer

      about 6 years ago

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