20 patient evaluations for Gabapentin taken for the purpose of 'fibromyalgia' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Slight

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Jan 16, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain in left leg)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain caused by non-painful stimuli (allodynia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, speech ataxia-problems coordinating speech, loss of sex drive (libido), brain fog, balance problems, dizziness, memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I've been on this for a few yrs now. It has helped a bit more than previous meds, but without the combo of pain meds, natural supplements and going gluten-free, it is only a mild improvement.  I can definitely tell when I'm an hour or 2 late for taking it because the pain creeps in significantly. This makes me worry that it's more of a drug-dependence (withdrawl) for my body, than my typical pain, but bc I get all over nerve pain, it's hard to differentiate. I don't have this problem with my pain meds and have also been on them for years. Also, my memory and cognitive functioning has been decreasing and it's very difficult to tell if that's med related or something else is going on. As far as, energy, it continues to deplete, but that could be Thyroid related or something else. I still prefer these over the other meds I've tried for allodynia, nerve pain and Fibromyalgia. 
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 16, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for nerve pain in left leg)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain caused by non-painful stimuli (allodynia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, speech ataxia-problems coordinating speech, loss of sex drive (libido), brain fog, balance problems, dizziness, memory and cognition problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure that you eat a solid meal before taking and don't plan time drive. The nausea and dizziness is enough to make you uncoordinated. For me luckily, the side effects, other than the nausea, have decreased a little.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 9, 2013 (Started May 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2013 (Started May 17, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (temper tantrums)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 10, 2013 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It seemed to do well as a night time med. occasionally evening, does increases sleepiness though.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 19, 2012 (Started Aug 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 8, 2012 (Started Aug 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: unfortunately, I have to be on the maximum dose to get any real benefit, but because of expense, I'm quitting it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (swelling in legs, feet and ankles)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sciatic neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 4, 2011 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Unable to function)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It helps a little but I use it as a sleep aid but can't take it more than a few days at a time otherwise I have to use more and more and I do not want to take any pharma meds unless I have to. It often makes me groggy in the AM but not always. I've taken up to 1800mg a day with no difference from taking 300mg a day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 24, 2011 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Unable to function)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Have not taken it at the current dosage as of yet, Rheumy told me to add more as I go along since I have trouble with fatigue and I was concerned that taking 300mg 3x a day would have me in bed all day because I have only been taking the Gaba at night. Rheumy says at 100mg tabs I can add slowly to build it up without being tired. My hope is my fatigue and pain levels will be more positive.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 22, 2011 (Started Apr 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drooping eyelid (ptosis), balance problems, excessive sweating, vertigo, eye muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The higher dosage helped with the pain but caused severe unbalance and dizziness
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drooping eyelid (ptosis), balance problems, excessive sweating, vertigo, eye muscle twitching (fasciculations)

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 17, 2010 (Started May 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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