Gabapentin

Nichole - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm 21 and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 14. I tried various methods of treatment for the pain and lack of energy such as exercise, physical therapy, chiropatractic, natrual supplements, and blah blah blah blah. Well nothing helped but physical therapy but that isn't covered by insurance forever so at 17 I had to quit and now I'm on different insurance so i couldn't do it again because it's "pre-existing'. So my doctor suggested gabapentin. It's the generic for lyrica. I'm nervous about taking a medication (I am allergic to alot and have reactions to alot). So just wanted to hear others experiences with the medicine. Does it help? when does it start helping? I just started it today.

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I take Gabapentin for my Fibro. First of all, I just wanted to let you know that Pregabalin is the generic form of Lyrica (which is FDA approved for the treatment of Fibro) and Gabapentin is the generic form of Neurontin (which is NOT FDA approved for the treatment of Fibro...though that has less to do with it's effectiveness in treatment and more to do with the fact that it is an older drug and testing to have it approved for Fibro treatment is expensive to pharm. companies). It was originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy and similar medical conditions and is now widely used for the treatment of neuropathic pain, hence why it is often prescribed for the treatment of Fibro.

That being said, it has helped me a great deal since being on it. The effect, for me, was almost immediate and I found a decrease in my Fibro symptoms within a matter of days. However, I am also on a combination drug regimen which also includes NSAID therapy and Flexiril to help induce sleep. Also, gabapentin is designed to be taken in gradually increased dosages. For example, a Dr. might prescribe 100mg 1x a day for 2 weeks, then 2x a day for 2 weeks, then 3x a day for 2 weeks and then increase the number of mg per pill after that as your body gets used to it in your system.

I can't say for sure how it will effect you personally, as different drugs help/do not help different people in different ways. For me, I was kinda groggy and out of it for a few days and had to refrain from driving, etc. for awhile until my body adjusted. Now however, I am able to function and go about my day-to-day activities without a problem. The other thing that I can telly ou is that you shouldn't expect your Fibro pain to just disappear. you will have good days and you will have bad days. For me, the Gaba brought my bad days down to a 7 on the pain scale from the usual 10. This may be different for you (better or worse). Take the gaba but don't factor out your other therapies (like yoga, swimming, hot baths, massage, etc.) for preventing and helping on those bad days. Work closely with your Dr. and let them know about any side effects, etc. I keep a "medicine journal" for new medicines for the first week or two so I can see how a medicine is effecting me. That way my Dr. knows how my pain has been, if I'm having any strange mood swings, etc. that may warrent a change in my dosage, medication, etc. It's worth a try to see if this is the med. for you.

that's really all I can say, probably not very helpful but I tried, lol :)

For more info on Gabapentin visit: http://www.drugs.com/gabapentin.html

or

http://www.rxlist.com/neurontin-drug.htm

Good luck!

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Carla - posted on 10/22/2014

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I was positively diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001. I recently heard that Gabapentin can be used to fight the fibro aches and pains. My Dr prescribed an off-label use of Epival, which is also an anti-epileptic which targets the central nervous system. When I am under a lot of stress I up my dose to a third 250 mg tablet. Hot mineral salt baths, relaxing movies, avoiding caffeine, processed foods and red meats all help a lot,

Amanda - posted on 11/26/2010

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hello iv had fibro for 4 yrs and been on Gabapentin for a year it has helpped my alot with the pains i take 3x tablets in the morning, lunch time and bed time, i was abit nervous to start taking them because nothing else had worked in the past but i thought i'd give it a go and im glad i did. i can now walk without constant pain....good luck
gentle hugs xx
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I was diagnosed in 2007 with fibromyalgia. I take 600-1200 mg daily of Gabapentin. And 60mg of Cymbalta. I too have good & bad days but,
at this time this is the best regimin my Dr.
has come up with for me.

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2010

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Congrats on having more good days than bad!
I took gabapentin for awhile when I was a teenager, and it definetly seemed to help me, the only downside it had for me was that it put weight on me, I've since lost the weight, but otherwise, it was a really great med for me.

Nichole - posted on 05/27/2010

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Thanks so much for all the info!! It's been 2 weeks since I started my first dose. Tomorrow I start 2 pills a day instead of one. The first 3-5 days I just felt wierd, but the pain did seem to go down. Now I'm having ALOT more good days which is awesome. I just take the gaba with some vitamins (doc thinks I have a vitamin deficentcy). Thanks again.

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