I was first put on neurontin (gabapentin) a few years ago at 1800mg/day . Within six weeks I gained 35 lbs. some of the weight may be from being less active post incident ..( L 4/5 disc rupture then microdiscectomy / MRSA infection post op in sacrum and L5) but the weight gain seemed very excessive.
Tried to switch to Lyrica with no relief of nerve pain and RLS.
I have primary RLS as most the women in my family with first onset being late childhood/ early teens. Pregnancy was hell with most of my children from 5 months on. I have two daughters out of seven that have primary inherited RLS. One daughter died in infancy so i dont know if she inherited it. It has just been one of those things in the family we know is common.
I have recently went on a lower dose of gabapentin (300mg) three times a day and have not increased weight yet have not truly been able to lose the previous sudden weight gain. It seems to help me, so I tolerate the side effects to get an occasional good night.
If you have primary RLS know I feel for you. It has been such a big part of my life. Not a positive part but such a interference in being able to sleep or function after bad episodes. Hormonal fluctuations seem to make it worse like clockwork during my female cycles.
I have recently increased the gabapentin during those times. I get a bit sloppy in motor functions and have to accommodate those times and put in place coverage for driving anywhere.
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I took Gabapentin for one month following a 4 lecel spinal fusion. Almost immediately, I experienced extreme swelling of my feet, ankles, legs and thighs. This contined to my core, chest, neck, arms , hands and face. Within the month, I had gained 33 pounds due to massive edema. Nothing helped. I couldn't wear shoes or any of my clothes. I went to the ER twice for the swelling. Finally, my dr took me off Gabapentin. The swelling gradually went down over the course of 9 months. It took a year before my feet and ankles stopped swelling. I had never experienced any type of swelling in the past, not even during 3 pregnancies, so this was very alarming to me. My Dr. concluded that I had had the most extreme reaction to Gabapentin that he had ever witnessed. This is noted in my medical records and I carry an alert in my wallet.
I have a traumatic spinal cord injury with a baclofen pump. My legs ache and I have increasing periferal neuropathy. I am 4.5 years post injury. A pain management specialist switched me from 1200 mg gabapentin to 1200 mg horizant two months ago. Withdraw from gabapentin is painful and results in increased cramping and rls -like symptoms (although I twitch and spasm all the time, this is different). Horizant seems more effective and I have less pain when I wake up, probably because horizant is time release and gabapentin is not.
I had a full on conversation with my boyfriend on the phone while I was sleeping I was talking clearly and answering all of his questions, I even skyped him. When I try to get up in the middle of the night I walk like someone who is heavily under the influence of alcohol. I have injured myself because of those side effects. I have also had the majority of the other side effects. That including blurred vision, which has effected my progress with my school work, and even typing this post. I have scheduled an appointment with my doctor and hopefully I will be taken off the medication. Best wishes to all those struggling with the side edefect of this medicine.
I have been taking gabapentin for 3 years now. I take a total of 1,500 mg a day. I take it for bi polar issues and it has helped a great deal. Heres the problems. I have gained 60 pounds in that 3 years and have episodes of narcolepsy if I am late taking a dose. Also my immune system to fight colds is shot. I have tried to get off it and wow......torture. tired, depressed, dizzy, Iiterally cannot function. NowI dont know what to do any suggestions? And yes..... have tried to slowly taper it doesnt work.
I have been on Gabapentin 600mg, for 2 years and my hair was very thick before I started taking it and now I have lost half the hair on my head. It has thinned out so extreme. It took me awhile to figure out it was the Gabapentin. But when I went back and remembered when I started taking Gabapentin I realized my hair loss started a few months after that. No other changes in my life, diet, or anything else. It is definetly the Gabapentin. I am slowly weening myself off of it. I am so very upset and devastated. I wish I had realized it was the Gabapentin sooner. I just pray that my hair starts to come back after I am totally off of it.
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