258 patient evaluations for Gabapentin

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Mar 25, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neuropathic pain in lower extremities)
  • Side effects
    Mild (slurred speech, brain fog, dry mouth, dry throat, sleepiness, drowsiness, vertigo)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I find that the neurontin does the best job in dealing with my NERVE pain. Narcotics just don't cut it with that. My doctor even told me that narcotics are ineffective with nerve pain. I can live with the mild side effects I get just for the benefit of having it help my nerve pain to my legs so much!! I can get out of bed, run errands with my husband, play a more active role in society.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: vertigo, slurred speech, sleepiness, brain fog, dry mouth, dry throat, drowsiness

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 31, 2010 (Started Nov 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: for me gabapentin is a ten dollar copay and lyrica is a 60 dollar copay, i made the decision to switch to gabapentin because of cost, it seems to be as effective as lyrica
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 25, 2010 (Started Sep 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After 24+ hours of nonstop nausea and vomiting I wouldn't take it again unless someone put a gun to my head, and then I'd think twice.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: nausea and vomiting

Sep 16, 2010 (Started Sep 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It has caused me to have difficulty with balance.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: nausea and vomiting

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 24, 2010 (Started Apr 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for cannot tolerate most ssri or snri)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depression with anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Could only tolerate 200mg per day, after that "lost" my brain. Like SSRIs or SNRIs. I take too many other meds to truly evaluate side effects of just this one, other than the max dosage.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 7, 2011 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Starting to titer down on the gabapentin to see what, if any, affect it's still having on me. Taking one 300mg pill out of my daily dose each week, starting in the mornings.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

Jan 4, 2011 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2700 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm at the point now with the gabapentin that I'm wondering if it's doing anything. I've switched around the dosing schedule during the day and nothing happens. I thinking about doing a drug holiday to see what, if anything, it's doing for me anymore.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

Nov 23, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, blurry vision, drowsiness, tired eyes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2700 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: When I first started taking Gabapentin, I felt a little groggy during the day. I started at one 100mg cap three times a day, and told to increase to 1200mg/day spread out in 3 equal doses. I didn't feel "loopy" as my doc thought I might, so I titered up pretty quickly. It seemed to be helping a little with my mood, so I increased up to 600mg 3x/day (1800mg) over the next week. Every time I increased my dosage I felt a little tired/groggy but nothing too bad. Eventually I ended up at 2700mg/day (3 x 900mg/day) and that's where I've been for months. If I forget to take one of my doses, I can tell; I get very achy and sort of this "impending doom" feeling in my chest. In the beginning of treatment I experienced a significant improvement, but now sometimes I wonder if it's still working. I can miss a dose in the middle of the day, especially if I'm involved with something, and not notice -- but what reminds me is that my overall pain increases until I take it. One side effect that I noticed in the beginning was that food tasted so GOOD! I ate a lot, especially sweets, and gained about 20 lbs before I realized what was happening. Now that I'm aware of the tendency to overeat I'm watching it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

Sep 9, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2700 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

Jul 23, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, blurry vision, drowsiness, tired eyes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

May 4, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

Apr 27, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

Apr 21, 2010 (Started Apr 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: blurry vision, tired eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, drowsiness

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 20, 2011 (Started Mar 14, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty sleeping)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (heartburn, muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3300 mg All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: heartburn, muscle twitching (fasciculations)

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 20, 2011 (Started Jun 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for brain fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness in hands)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness in knees)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be eliminating the fibro pain & stiffness I was able to get back to treating probably the source of my FMS, which is chronic pain from a curved spine. Also able to recognized I have ADHD.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 19, 2011 (Started Jun 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Cannot take antacids within 2 hrs of taking pill, so if you have acid reflux, GERD etc it can be difficult to time or coordinate. If I skip a treatment I start to experience pain/stiffness within hours. Helped with sleep more at the beginning then it does now, but still helps.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 1, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (swelling in legs, feet and ankles)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Side effects: swelling in legs, feet and ankles

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 12, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was never sure why they gave me this medicine. It helped with sleep a little, but gradually did nothing. Doctor said I could stop without weaning off. I couldn't tell any difference.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depersonalization-derealization, brain fog, mood swings

Aug 1, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: It helped with sleep for awhile, but then I couldn't tell what it was doing, except possibly contributing to "depersonalization." Suicidal thoughts went away after I stopped taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depersonalization-derealization, brain fog, mood swings

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (mood swings, brain fog, depersonalization-derealization)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Helped with sleep a little at first. Easy to get off of it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depersonalization-derealization, brain fog, mood swings

Oct 21, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (mood swings, brain fog, depersonalization-derealization)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: It did not help me in any way. I noticed my vision becoming blurry several months ago, but didn't realize it was elated to this drug. After a week off of it, my vision is clear again. It seemed to make my depression worse.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depersonalization-derealization, brain fog, mood swings

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 26, 2011 (Started Jun 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for electric shock sensation whole body)
  • Side effects
    Severe (increased appetite, weight gain, sleepiness, extreme sedation, decreased level of consciousness, tired when first up in morning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I could not function well on this medication but it did work as intended. Zombie drugs.
Side effects: increased appetite, extreme sedation, weight gain, decreased level of consciousness, sleepiness, tired when first up in morning

Jun 24, 2009 (Started Jun 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for electric shock sensation whole body)
  • Side effects
    Severe (increased appetite, weight gain, sleepiness, extreme sedation, decreased level of consciousness, tired when first up in morning)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't plan on doing anything more complicated than putting your shoes on.
Side effects: increased appetite, extreme sedation, weight gain, decreased level of consciousness, sleepiness, tired when first up in morning

  • 1 helpful mark
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