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Other names: Neurontin, Gabarone
Method of use: Pill
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Gabapentin (brand names Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin, Nupentin) is a pharmaceutical drug, spec...
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Jim1932
Shingles and drugs used
In December 2015 I started my fourth year of post herpatic syndrome which is a term meaning after-shingles-pain. The virus has landed in my right triceps muscle and doesn't want to leave. I have used all the conventional drugs, vertebrae injections, epidural injections, Lidoderm patches that didn't stick to my skin, ganglion block injections that (1) numbed my side but not the shingles (2) numbed my face & vocal chords and swallowing but nothing on the shingles. I have taken plain gabapentin, Nortriptyline, Cymbalta and Lyrica. All these caused loss of balance and coordination and slurred speech. I felt like a zombie. Oxycodone, morphine plain and MSIR did not relieve any of the pain. For 6 months I could not wear clothing above the waist because if skin sensitivity. Gralise 600mg 3 at a time is the only drug to give partial relief. It did not last 24 hours as advertised, more like 21 hours and I take a 300mg Gabapentin to bridge the dose to hold the pain in check until the next Gralise doe. Now the Gralise is not lasting as long as before after 2+ years taking it. I know there is no pattern to the length of time this can last but I'm open to suggestions that may work.

joe woo
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 .
jay byrd
February 12, 2015
...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.
Nicole
January 18, 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.

lorreann
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.
joe woo
August 24, 2014
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

john.e
Gabapentin
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.
lorreann
August 13, 2014
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.

John in Arizona
Gabapentin
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.

PabloDiddii
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?

AlienZombie
Gabapentin
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.

Patricia
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.
Irene
December 11, 2014
took gabapentin 900 mg my blood pressure went so high to 188 when it was normal before. having difficulty getting it back down
Laura
March 22, 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.

Payton
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! :)
Jenn
May 25, 2014
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.

jblessing
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

Patient concerns with Gabapentin

We found 93,870 discussions
Jim1932
Shingles and drugs used
In December 2015 I started my fourth year of post herpatic syndrome which is a term meaning after-shingles-pain. The virus has landed in my right triceps muscle and doesn't want to leave. I have used all the conventional drugs, vertebrae injections, epidural injections, Lidoderm patches that didn't stick to my skin, ganglion block injections that (1) numbed my side but not the shingles (2) numbed my face & vocal chords and swallowing but nothing on the shingles. I have taken plain gabapentin, Nortriptyline, Cymbalta and Lyrica. All these caused loss of balance and coordination and slurred speech. I felt like a zombie. Oxycodone, morphine plain and MSIR did not relieve any of the pain. For 6 months I could not wear clothing above the waist because if skin sensitivity. Gralise 600mg 3 at a time is the only drug to give partial relief. It did not last 24 hours as advertised, more like 21 hours and I take a 300mg Gabapentin to bridge the dose to hold the pain in check until the next Gralise doe. Now the Gralise is not lasting as long as before after 2+ years taking it. I know there is no pattern to the length of time this can last but I'm open to suggestions that may work.

joe woo
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 .
jay byrd
February 12, 2015
...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.
Nicole
January 18, 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.

lorreann
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.
joe woo
August 24, 2014
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

john.e
Gabapentin
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.
lorreann
August 13, 2014
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.

John in Arizona
Gabapentin
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.

PabloDiddii
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?

AlienZombie
Gabapentin
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.

Patricia
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.
Irene
December 11, 2014
took gabapentin 900 mg my blood pressure went so high to 188 when it was normal before. having difficulty getting it back down
Laura
March 22, 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.

Payton
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! :)
Jenn
May 25, 2014
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.

jblessing
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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