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    Old 01-08-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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    Gabapentin

    Dr just prescribed gabapentin. Iíve been doing some research and there seems to be quite a few side effects with this drug. And I read where itís highly addictive. Iím a little reluctant to start it. Can anyone tell me their experiences with it ?
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    Old 01-09-2019, 04:45 AM   #2
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    Re: Gabapentin

    Gabapentin, or Neurontin (same drug) is not so much addictive as the body gets used to it, causing you to have to increase your dosage regularly.

    I was on it for nephropathy pain and started at a low dose, eventually going up to 300 mgs 3x a day, and it did absolutely nothing for me.

    The one thing you need to be aware of is NOT stopping it abruptly, you have to wean off of it or it can cause seizures.

    I know tons of people who have either been on it, or have tried it and none of them have had any addiction issues- however, it seems to be hit or miss if it works or not.

    Good luck! Give it a try, as long as you are doing it under your doctor's advice, you have nothing to lose!
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    Old 02-05-2019, 03:08 PM   #3
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    Re: Gabapentin

    So you are making this statement as a medical specialist? I will be sure to ask my doctor this next week when I see her.

     
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    Old 02-05-2019, 04:47 PM   #4
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    Re: Gabapentin

    No, I am not making this statement as a medical specialist. None of us are doctors here. I am making this statement as someone who was told this when I used it by my own doctor. Please do check with your own doctor to hear what he/she has to say about it.

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    Old 02-22-2019, 11:24 PM   #5
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    Re: Gabapentin

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    Dr just prescribed gabapentin. Iíve been doing some research and there seems to be quite a few side effects with this drug. And I read where itís highly addictive. Iím a little reluctant to start it. Can anyone tell me their experiences with it ?
    Thank you.
    Kathryn+2 - some info on Neurontin suggests a therapeutic dose can be between 600 mg and 4800 mg per day. I am prescribed 2400 mg per day (800 mg 3 times per day) for Fibromyalgia related nerve pain. As someone else mentioned, it seems one issue with Neurontin is not so much Addiction, but rather that the medication builds up in your system and your body relies on it, so stopping the medication abrobptly could be serious. If planning to stop the medication, it is advised to titrate down slowly.
    Side effects are obviously so different from person to person. For myself, the side effect I noticed most is dry mouth, and chapped lips.
    I began taking Neurontin as a substitute for Lyrica, since I could no longer get insurance coverage for Lyrica, and Neurontin is so much less expensive.
    I’d be interested to know if you are currently taking Neurontin, and how you’re doing I wish you well

     
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