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Anyone been on Gabapentin? #7287515
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Thought about calling the doc for a script for these shingles. Felt like there was a hot curling iron in my armpit when I woke up today. Does it work and did you have side effects?

Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287547
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Iím on it. One incident so far regarding side effect.


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287549
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I take gabapentin for Restless Leg Syndrome. I've been on it for several years with no side effects. My sister also took it for RLS, but she quit because she thought it made her gain weight. Not sure what you would need for dosage, but I take 400mg daily.

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I have to take it for muscular dystrophy it has helped greatly no side effects.

Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287555
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My wife took it for her MS. She had to quit it due to side-effects. She takes carbamazepine now. I donít know if it works on shingles like gabapentin.


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287580
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I clicked on this thinking that Gabapentin might be an island off the coast of Wales or maybe Scotland.


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287615
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Three different doctors have prescribed it to me through the years. Every time the same side effects. Swelling of the legs and hands


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287619
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It will make you sleepy . But you need to be on Valtrex for shingles. Start it as soon as you feel the first tingle or burning. Took mine the first day I felt the burning and in 2 weeks blisters gone and only 1 day of pain.

Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287624
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I've been taking it since 1999 when I had a cervical epidural steroid injection for a pinched nerve. The doctor who did the injection got lidocaine into my spinal cord which paralyzed my left side for a couple of days. After that came the pain. I take gabapentin (Neurontin) every day. The only side effect I've noticed is memory loss. A neurologist at Mayo Clinic said that was a possible side effect of the drug.


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287630
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A few years ago my wife had a severe case of shingles even though we both received the shingles shot. She had large blisters all across her lower back and down her leg. The Dr. at Urgent Care prescribed 800mg acyclovir 5xa day for 10 days to decrease pain and heal the blisters. After that she was prescribed 300mg gabapentin but could only take at night because of dizziness.

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Think I took it following a 2nd knee replacement. Probably about ten days. Donít remember good or bad. Must have been OK.

Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287662
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I can be susceptible to mental side effects of medicines. I took it for several months for nerve pain. It put me into a fog and made me terrible to live with. I said and did bad things i have would never consider on a clear mind. It almost led to a divorce of a perfectly stable marriage. I have it listed as an allergy on my medical records. Oh and it didnt do jack squat for nerve pain. It takes a couple weeks for the effects to start to manifest. My mother in law came home with some for back and nerve pain. I warned her of it. About 10 days later the cops ended up there, that woman went nuts and is still nuts. Probably still on that medication.


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I have been on it for about 3 months. I have had a chronic cough for the past 7 years and have been to all kinds of doctors trying to figure out the cause. The ear, nose and throat doc had heard of it being used to help in such situations and asked me if I wanted to try it. I said sure, it couldn't hurt as I had tried about everything else. I take it 3 times a day. Has worked pretty good for me. Still cough once in a while, but nothing like I used to. Have had no side effects.

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Made me mean and wanted to fight anyone at the drop of a hat!!!

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My wife was taking 900mg 3x day for pain. She was also taking baclofen, clonopin, + others. Her only side effect was she slept a lot. I wis it would have made her gain weight. Our dog was even on it.

Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: The Possum Man] #7287790
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Originally Posted by The Possum Man
I can be susceptible to mental side effects of medicines. I took it for several months for nerve pain. It put me into a fog and made me terrible to live with. I said and did bad things i have would never consider on a clear mind. It almost led to a divorce of a perfectly stable marriage. I have it listed as an allergy on my medical records. Oh and it didnt do jack squat for nerve pain. It takes a couple weeks for the effects to start to manifest. My mother in law came home with some for back and nerve pain. I warned her of it. About 10 days later the cops ended up there, that woman went nuts and is still nuts. Probably still on that medication.

When I got the injection that sent lidocaine into my spinal cord, it short circuited some of the nerves on my left side according to Mayo Clinic. I've tried weaning myself off the drug quite a few times, but my left arm starts aching and I go back on it.

You are correct in that it isn't like taking an aspirin to make a headache immediately go away. This drug has to build up in your system before it has any effect on the pain. You don't get high from it. At least, I didn't.

When my incident first started, they put me on Hydrocodone because the gabapentin didn't do anything for the pain that ran down my left arm. I got sick from the hydrocodone and only took it for two days.


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: closed jaw] #7287798
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Originally Posted by closed jaw
Made me mean and wanted to fight anyone at the drop of a hat!!!


Are we talking about the same drug?

Iím taking it 3 times a day, manage to share the road with some awful drivers all day without road rage. I really donít feel anything other than my sciatic isnít throbbing.

One dizzy spell in a year.

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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: DWC] #7287875
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Yes same drug hobbie. I would like to add to my previous post that yes it made me mean and that was alot of the problems that it caused in my life at the time. Any of those drugs that change the chemical makeup of your brain to sort out nerve pain can have bad side effects that are pretty random and not always easily relatable to taking a pill. Once i had surgery and got sorted out and off all the dang pills the army was giving me i finally got my life sorted back out. I was taking the gabapentin because i had been on narcotic pain killers too long and they had to take me off. I was taking all the way up to MS contin before i just had to quit. My life started spiraling out of control during all this slowly and really crashed once i got discharged. Once i was able to get off the dang pills and got my pain sorted out i realized all the crazy crap i had been pulling was not me at all and was because of the dang fist full of pills i was taking per doctors orders. I never took any pills off the street or any of that. I was just taking my medicine as prescribed. I try to put my 2 cents out when people are asking about medicine like this just so they have more information than i did. Now i am very very hesitant to take any pills at all except the very few that i have to take to have any quality of life. My gout prevention pill and arthritis med and one for my ptsd.

The point im trying to make is please be hesitant to just take crap docs will give you because half of it is them just experimenting around to sort you out and it can have horrible life altering side effects before the docs figure it out. Or it may not effect you at all. More than likely though the person taking the pill wont notice any changes themselves and may need to talk to your loved one to help keep an eye on you. ive also taken pills similar to this and had bad suicidal thoughts that immediately ceased once the pill wore off. I think i may be a little more sensitive to certain pills than other people. these are just my experiences and you wont read them on any side effect labels.


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Re: Anyone been on Gabapentin? [Re: HobbieTrapper] #7287881
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Originally Posted by HobbieTrapper
Originally Posted by closed jaw
Made me mean and wanted to fight anyone at the drop of a hat!!!


Are we talking about the same drug?

Iím taking it 3 times a day, manage to share the road with some awful drivers all day without road rage. I really donít feel anything other than my sciatic isnít throbbing.

One dizzy spell in a year.



Yep. I was prescribed the drug and took it but was not on it.
It made me dizzy, blurred vision and wanted to kick the dog.

People's systems react different to many medications.


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Originally Posted by DWC
Thought about calling the doc for a script for these shingles. Felt like there was a hot curling iron in my armpit when I woke up today. Does it work and did you have side effects?


My wife had best results using a lotion called Sarna for the itching and pain.


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