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By joe woo
August 24, 2014
joe woo wrote
Gabapentin for PHN
that stuff was a joke , it had my balance way off , mood swings , lack of coordination , sense of smell , fatigue like never before , after a month the quacks simply boosted up dosages , finally one called and informed me my liver enzymes were dangerously high ( nice for cancer if one wants it ) Pfizer must really be digging down low if it needs the monies that bad , after 38 years of dealing with seizures , surgeries I've concluded most drs. attitude are " outa' sight = outa' mind " no different than most any other industry these days , Sad .
...I agree with everything posted...I continue to use in the evening for PN..it works for PN pain/sleep...the adverse side effects are many and can be dangerous if not recognized...jb.
jay byrd  |  February 12, 2015
You have a lot of med's in your system and it lowers your resistanne so doctors tend to over
medicate and forget you, but you have to live with the effects of the meds everyday.Gabapentin is good for seizures. Get rid of the other junk and and see a naturapa to clean out your system. Best of luck.
Nicole  |  January 18, 2015
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By lorreann
August 12, 2014
lorreann wrote
Generic Drug Variences
I am very sensitive to medication inactive ingredients, and now that Generics are being forced on us I am finding a large different between different generics in problem filler.
It's all about the M-O-N-E-Y ! , share prices going up , dividends increasing , like adding old cars to massive piles of scrap , can't make much off of them and generics . They get the goons to be fooled in thinking " Brand Names " are better , like " Brand Name " bottled water and Tap , H20 is H20 even a Dog will tell you that . Combine that with Insurers and Drug Stores , what do you expect ? Pretty soon ( if not already ) Generic Mnftrs. will be working " hand in hand " with Generics , just
joe woo  |  August 24, 2014
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By john.e
August 4, 2014
john.e wrote
I developed Gynecomastia from using Gabapentin 3 years ago, I was prescribed it for nerve pain for what I now have is Ankolosing Spondylitis, after a few weeks from using this drug I developed breast pain and swelling which I reported to my GP, he told me that the Gynocamastia was a side effect and I was switched to Pregabalin, I was told because the Gynocamastia was drug induced it would subside after I discontinued using the Gabapentin, however this was not the case and I now have very large disc shaped glands behind my nipple that are quite noticeable and have not gone away, my GP has discussed this with me and I am told that they need to be removed surgically which is not available on the NHS, it would have to be done privately at a cost of around £4000, as you can imagine I am not a happy at all.
Can you prove it was from the drug? I'm sure there are lawyers that handle these cases that could help you get it paid for PLUS pain and suffering.
lorreann  |  August 13, 2014
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By John in Arizona
July 13, 2014
John in Arizona wrote
THC and gaba will make you spin till you puke, bad combo and so are 500 plus meds that can increase side effects, which are different for different people and different depending on the use. (seizers, pain, anxiety, ptsd,etc)
Benadryl and gaba didn't combine well for me, as some cold meds can increase side effects, as for me they where bed, my friend though had no problems with some and had problems with others and differing times and have alleviated over time (yes in some cases) I'm being a little vague as it's been quite a few meds and I'm not sure, don't want to start a rumor, etc.... But thank you all kindly for any comments.
My main complaints are listed as normal according to the testing.
Dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, memory recall, had slurred speech.
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By PabloDiddii
June 2, 2014
PabloDiddii wrote
Gabapentin use and Gynecomastia....
I am a 45 year old man, and I am experiencing Gynecomastia taking Gabapentin. The side effects that I have discovered and read online say Neurontin (Gabapentin) can cause Prolactin increase, and breast swelling. I also fearfully read that it can also cause Bladder Cancer. I am assuming this is with long term and high dosage use. I am taking Gabapentin for rectal fistulae pain, and am hoping to be off of this medication quickly once it heals. Any other similar experiences from anyone as far as Man Boobs?
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By AlienZombie
May 15, 2014
AlienZombie wrote
I have been reading your posts and I am surprised that gabapentin causes so many side effects for people. I have been taking it as needed for about 3 years but find that it only calms my nerves, especially the ones in my stumps as I am an amputee, but mostly for the daily crap that might lead to my stumps tingling. Works a lot better than the garbage shrinks give. To think I tried to get help with depression after a divorce and the only meds that helped is the gabapentin. Not the narcotics they want to force onto their patients. I never had slurred speech though. Maybe a little vision issue but I will have to test if there is a difference. Nver thought of it as a gabapentin effect. I've only been wearing reading glasses for about 5 or 6 years so I am still getting used to it. I am 44.
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By Patricia
March 9, 2014
Patricia wrote
Gabapentin vs primidone
I have been taking gabapentin for years. I was prescribed primidone which I took my first one last night. It made me very dizzy and ever this morning I feel a little dizzy. I wander if these 2drugs don't mix.
took gabapentin 900 mg my blood pressure went so high to 188 when it was normal before. having difficulty getting it back down
Irene  |  December 11, 2014
Patricia, I had a very strong reaction to primidone when I took my first tablet. Dizziness didn't begin to describe it. My doc had me skip the next night, then start again with a much reduced dosage. I started with 1/4 of a 50-mg tablet and that was OK. Gradually increased to 150 mg, then added 20 mg nadolol, and that was it - have been on that combination for many year, and unless I am sick or very upset my tremor is nonexistent.
Laura  |  March 22, 2014
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By Payton
February 12, 2014
Payton wrote
Gabapentin Side Effects (increase from 300mg to 600mg)
I was just prescribed Gabapentin a week ago and I was told to take 300mg the first week and then increase the dose to 600mg. Last night was the first time I took the 600mg and I awoke about 7 hours after taking it being extremely hungry. I got out of bed to use the restroom and was extremely dizzy. It almost felt like the dizziness you get when you're too drunk lol. But anyway, I was extremely dizzy and my vision was very blurry and I knew I could not make it down the stairs to get food so I called my dad on the phone to wake him up and ask him to make me food and when I tried to speak to him on the phone it honestly sounded like I was speaking in tongues. I could think perfectly fine, I just couldn't get the words to come out properly. It has been about 2 hours since this happened and my speech has not improved, but I discovered that I could talk if I whispered, just not if I tried to speak normally. Lets hope it gets better soon haha. And for reference I am 20 years old and also taking 30mg of Cymbalta. I hope this helps someone who experiences this as well just to let them know that they are not alone and that it is a side effect and it should go away eventually. I know it made me feel better to know I wasn't alone! Best of luck! :)
Hope you are better. I tried this mixture without much success. I am now going back to Lyrika. It helped within days using a fraction of the gaba and cym mixture.
Jenn  |  May 25, 2014
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By jblessing
January 27, 2014
jblessing wrote
Gabapentin use
I have lower back pain(sometimes severe). Been taking 400 mg. of gabapentin daily-relieves most of the pain. Going to try to live with what's left
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By f.kummer, MD
January 13, 2014
f.kummer, MD wrote
slurred speach with gabapentin
I have a patient with multiple sclerosis, who developed a severe bout of occipital neuralgia. A neurologist ordered gabapentin, 300mg tid. A few hours after taking the second dose my patient developed blurring of vision and slurred speech. These symptoms resolved spontaneously within 24 hours, leaving the patient (and me) with an alarming experience.
Question: Beside the fact that the indication was questionable (acute pain), are MS-patients more susceptible for sideffects?
I had it also especially in the beginning now not so much, but I confuse my words.
July 13, 2014
July 13, 2014
This would make sense.
Dr. Casey  |  February 15, 2014
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By June L. in Las Vegas
January 8, 2014
June L. in Las Vegas wrote
I have been taking Gabapentin for at least four years now. My most recent dosage was 1800 Mg. per day. Forgetfulness, headaches and vision changes became pat of my daily challenges until I cut back to 12 Mg. per day. After several months my daily dosage was 6 Mg. per day until I no longer take this medication. My pain level is tolerable and I didn't feel any better when I was digesting 1800 Mg. per day. I did, however, have a definite decrease in mussel tone. My arms have aged where there is a definite mussel decrease causing a lot of loose skin. My friends and family also noticed the change over the holidays. I'm 71 and certainly consider my age as a factor of mussel loss but this extreme loss is something that happened since I stopped using Gabapentin. Please let me know if this is happening or has happened to you.

June in Las Vegas
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By Ricardo
January 4, 2014
Ricardo wrote
Gabapetin versus Horizant
I have been taking Pramipexole for several years to help my RLS and to help my sleep problem.
The RLS continued to worsen but I continued to take it as it seemed to help me sleep.
My doctor put me on Horizant but that did no good so I quit taking it but continued the Pramipexole.
A few months ago another doctor prescribed Gabapetin for my RLS and overnight my RLS all but disappeared.
A couple of days after that miracle I forgot to take the Pramipexole and the RLS came back.
When I took it again, the RLS stopped.
I then experimented and twice did not take the Pramipexole and each time the RLS returned.
It is clear to me that as long as I take the Pramipexole and Gabapetin in conjunction my RLS is a thing of the past.
If I take either by itself, the RLS returns.
Now comes the confusing part:
I have learned that Gabapetin and Horizant are the same thing, with different names.
If that is the case why does the Gabapetin solve my problem when the Horizant did not?
does anyone else get the night-sweats from Horizant?
D  |  August 14, 2014
Maybe you needed a higher dose. I started at 100 my a day if Gabapentin for RLS. Now I am taking 300 me 2xs a day. Works for the most part but do still have bad nights. Good luck.
May 24, 2014
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November 15, 2013
LJ wrote
Has any one experienced differently by the same dosage of Gabapentin but different Manufacturers
My daughter has intellectual disabilities since birth. She developed infrequent seizures after age 30. She is very sensitive to neurological drugs. Keppra and Lamactil gave her bad side effects and doctor said that Gabapentin is the least side effect but also can control seizures. She took 300 mg 3X a day for 9 months. She has edema at the first week and severe acne flared up. After 9 months taking it, she gain 20 lbs and eventually could not void, end up in ER. I requested doctor to reduce the dosage and gradually to 100/100/200 mg in two months, she lost 15 lbs in this duration. However after a few months, she had two short seizures and the doctor increase her dosage to 125/125/200, a total 450 mg a day (25 mg was made by compounding pharmacy). Her usual symptom is fatigue, low energy level, low pulse rate (in 50s or even lower at some time), and gain weight. She was using IP-101 made by Amneal but one time the pharmacy packed her night 2x100 mg capsules with IG-321 (made by Camber), I immediately noticed that she keep losing weight and her energy level was back to herself. I asked the pharmacist to keep the combination for 6 months, then she is back to her fatigue, low energy level at the same dosage. She has not had seizure for over 1.5 year now, doctor reduced the dosage back to 100/100/200 mg. I had some neurologist said that Gabapentin is ineffective in controlling seizures and she just has infrequent seizure that is not because of Gabapentin. But some said that it is effective and should continue taking it for her epilepsy. She could not tell me her feeling like other sensational side effects. I can only tell by her physical symptoms. We just move to the Bay area and looking for a new pharmacist to work with us. I appreciate if anyone can tell me if the different manufactures make any differences. Those made in US may be has maintain higher quality control or not? I understand everyone should follow the FDA requirement but apparently there is some ingredients that made a big difference in her even she is taking a very minute dosage compared with others starting with 1800 mg a day. I see the feedback here most used for the pain control. I can't believe she is the only one so sensitive to it. I appreciate your comment and sharing to help her . Thanks
Can you share which brand did not work?
Katinka  |  October 25, 2014
Yes!! I have had nightmarish pain and muscle spasms return when pharmacies had jerked me around on different generic brands. I went through my bottles (had been too sick to throw them away) to find the one taken at last time I felt ok. I then started insisting on Greenstone only. Insist on that one. I found out later it is put out by Pfizer. Otherwise, hope you have ins. that will cover Pfizer's Neurontin. If not, apply to Pfizer to see if you qualify to get it free. Please don't suffer like I
Ohio state cervical dystonia patient  |  August 9, 2014
I had the same problem when I was given the Sandoz brand, I nearly went ballistic. It has happened with other medication on as we call them generic labels. I always insist on the original medication.

Pauline  |  May 28, 2014
I thought it was just me, I noticed a big difference when I got my new script a different name and yes way, way less active, almost like I am taking nothing? hay maybe its flour, not a big trust for big Pharma LOL.
Margaret Abaldo  |  November 25, 2013
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By rebecca rigney
September 28, 2013
rebecca rigney wrote
low potassium
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