Gabapentin (Neurontin)

By chopi Latest Reply 2011-11-26 03:06:16 -0600
Started 2010-12-04 17:50:32 -0600

I was just prescribed this from my doctor for the severe pain I have in my legs and feet do to the diabetes. Has anyone here been on it or on it now? I'm alittle nervous about taking it. It seems to have many side affects. Just wondering if someone can give me some insight on this drug? thanks.

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valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-11-25 15:14:17 -0600 Report

Dear Chopi: I am allergic to nuerontin or if you'ld rather gabapentin. I took it for sometime then suddenly I started getting SEVERE ticks and jumps, my limbs jumping and flaling all over the place. I was put in the hospital and they found a profound allergic reaction to the drug. I have what you have in both feet, it's called Diabetic Nueropathy. I was then out on an antidepresant called cymbalta, 90 mg. per day. 30mg. in the a.m. and 60 n the p.m.. It works like a charm. It's true nuerontin does have a lot of side affects, but give it a try anyway. It is a great med. for nueropathy. Hugs and Good Luck…Valentine Lady

rowannetworking 2011-11-24 21:48:37 -0600 Report

I have a question as I am learning about Diabetic stuff, What makes the pain come on the legs and feet? I am asking because the Dr. told my wife that she has type 1 and it was brought on from a type of meds that she had to take for a little while. If anyone can let me know that would be great. Thanks!

jayabee52 2011-11-24 23:09:56 -0600 Report

Howdy Brent

Neuropathy is one of the complications someone may get from Diabetes, but Diabetes is not the only way one may get Neuropathy. Here us an article from the National institute of Neurological disorders and stroke which gives a rundown of the causes why people have Neuropahy ~ There are also sections there which describe the disease process itself.

I pray this is that information for which you were looking

Blessings to you and yours!


meowbat 2011-11-25 00:02:45 -0600 Report

I have used Cymbalta. I don't like any drugs but this one, for me, works when I can afford it. It is very pricey. when I do have it I find a good measure of relief from the almost constant pain, heat, and depressed anxiety. It cost around $180-200 for 60, 60mg capsules if you have no insurance. Also in some states you are required to get your prescription from a shrink. If you are suffering the DN as severely as I do, it might be worth checking into. GRINS&HAPPYS—Meowbat

jayabee52 2011-11-25 00:24:14 -0600 Report

I have not tried Cymbalta, but have heard it helps, and some it doesn't, like most other meds. It might be good to start out on Neuontin/Gabepentin and if that doesn't give relief move on to something else, like the Cymbalta. I am also taking a anti anxiety med Nortryptelene (in an off-label use) but it is not all that expensive as it can be found in generic formulations. It by itself does not seem to do it for me. but I have added Alpha Lipolic Acid and have with that and tight BG control do seem to notice a decrease in intensity of the burning pain.

Another med that is used with success for some is Lyrica.

I usually like to start with the lesser expense meds and if they don't work after 3 months or so, ask for something else.

I am sincerely happy to hear you are getting relief from Cymbalta

meowbat 2011-11-25 01:58:51 -0600 Report

Neuontin is worthless for me. Lyrica is not suggested for use for many diabetics because of the other drugs they have to take, ie; for HB, collesterol, thyroid, allergies, etc. Cymbalta has already been recognised as effective in the treatment of DN. GENERIC? OFF-LABEL? please share!!! thanks—meowbat

jayabee52 2011-11-26 03:06:16 -0600 Report

I understand what you're sying about Neurontin. It didn't work for me either,

"Generic" = a med which has been on the market long enough that the patent under which it was brought to market has expired and any drug manufacturer may now make it at a lower price. The Government allows patent protection so to allow the original Pharma co to recoup their costs of research and development for a particular medication.

"Off label" = in the case of Cymbalta the reason it was developed and marketed was to combat depression. It was later discovered that Cymbalta was effective, at least sometimes, in controlling neuropathy pain. If a medication has been allowed to come to market as an antidepressant its prescription as a reliever of neuropathic pain is also allowed. So just because Cymbalta, Lyrica and Nortryptelene are intended to be antidepressive medications the FDA allows them to be used in a secondary way to fight neuopathy pain.

I pray I have made this clear.

rowannetworking 2011-11-24 23:43:19 -0600 Report

Hi James, Thank you for your response to my question, I will check out this link that you have posted for me.

Again thank you and you have a blessed night,


medic673b 2011-11-24 19:43:08 -0600 Report

i have been taking 900mg a day for 2 1/2 years now and have not noticed any side effects, it does not help with the pain but it does wonders for controling seizures

digitaldoorbell 2011-11-24 19:01:11 -0600 Report

I have been on it for about six months. I have consecutively increased the dosage and it has been great. I was suffering all day and night long with foot and leg pain. This has been a wonder drug for me. I was really worried about taking it too. We are all biochemically unique so I don't recommend medication to anyone. I am very grateful to be on it. Take it three times a day and I am out of pain.

Good luck to you

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sheriden 2011-09-24 01:32:11 -0500 Report

I have a family friend who is on Neurontin. He seems to get on well with it. He did better when he first started it, but when he has been out he finds that he needs it and it still helps. I have heard alot of negi, about it also but know more about what it has done for my friend. You can check it out by googling it also. Good luck, and blessings to you. 2011-09-23 19:30:40 -0500 Report

I was put on this medication a few years ago. It never worked for me like it should. I have have bad pain in my legs and feet, bees stinging and on fire. I use stronger pain medication I wish I didin't have to use. Maybe it will work for you. Hopefully

jayabee52 2011-09-23 19:44:54 -0500 Report

what is this pain medication? I have the burning neuropathy in my legs down through my toes also and neurontin didn't work for me either.

stormz 2011-09-23 15:20:41 -0500 Report

I have the same thing chopi…I tried the Neurontin…it didn't do a thing for me. In fact I had no side effects from it. It did nothing to help me pain wise either. They had to prescribe me something much stronger. I don't think this helps you much. I do take a lot of medication. If it does upset your stomach I can recommend that you ask your doctor for Promethazine. That will help settle your stomach. It is covered by insurance if you have insurance and if not it is very cheap. Hope that helped you some.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 14:16:55 -0500 Report

My dr prescribed Gabapentin for my back pain because Workmans Compensation would not allow Lyrica. I only took it a few days and I had horrible side effects such as it affected my thinking (I almost went nuts), did nothing for my pain issues and could not sleep while taking it. Though Lyrica is a dirative of it I do extremely well on it. Finally got a medicare hmo with prescription coverage this year. I also take Alpha Lipoic Acid which helps with neuropathy pain and lowering bg #'s. We all fight the same beast but need different tools.

mdmry 2011-09-23 13:56:34 -0500 Report

Hi, I am on insulin, But I take flaxseed oil, two in the morning and two in the evening, that helps me with the pain, in my feet and legs. When I get shooting pains I usually run the toe, or other foot and leg parts with tiger balm. I still haven't taken any thing for pain, but tynol once in a while. Hope this helps

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-23 12:44:34 -0500 Report

Sorry about the response from Carmen. It is SPAM and I have asked DC to remove them completely.
to answer your question, I was on Gabapentin a few years back. Took it for 3 months and my pain disappeared. I generally do not have adverse reactions to meds and did not have any on this med. Sadly, because of legal issues, the drug companies have to record every possible adverse reaction. It is a shame when 1 person in 100,000 has a reaction while on a drug the drug company needs to record it as a possible side effect. In reality, there is rarely any proof that the drug, and not something entirely different was the problem.

bleonard13 2011-09-23 08:24:09 -0500 Report

my mother in law takes it for her neauropathy she seems to feel better with it at nights it keeps her legs from cramping at night

chopi 2010-12-10 16:57:09 -0600 Report

I just found out today from an rn that you need to slowly build up your dosage on this drug a little at a time. Not just start at high dosage. Also the generic. brand

Antique-Dave 2010-12-09 14:35:24 -0600 Report

I started Alpha Lipoic acid not too long after dx and it helped a lot, no more foot pain and no more stabbing pain in my legs, my feet have slowly gotten more feeling back in them over the past 20 months.

Mr. Joeboss
Mr. Joeboss 2010-12-08 13:50:48 -0600 Report

Hello Chopi, about the medicine Neurontin, my doctor had put me on this medicine years ago and I had to get off of it right away because it was making me sick with its side effects. Joe

chopi 2010-12-07 10:10:20 -0600 Report

janetrobe thanks for the input. my BS is usually 120-130 and I've always been at my correct weight (156lb at 5' 7") It seems that the lower my BS the worse I feel
The only meds I'm on is the Metformin and the Neurontin. The Metformin alone does not bother me at all. I was taking Tramadol for the pain, but I'm afraid of becoming dependent on it so I thought of trying the Neurontin. I might just stick with Tramadol???

jayabee52 2010-12-07 17:21:14 -0600 Report

One thing I found out about Trammedol is that it has been implicated in causing stomach ulcers. I had a duodenal ulcer and got out of the hospital for it last week. I read up on duodenal ulcers and one of the things I learned there was that Trammedol was implicated in causing perforated ulcers.

My good friend Suzanne died in the hospital with a perforated ulcer which perforated to her pancreatic artery. She had a lot of back pain from an industrial accident and took Trammedol for the pain.

I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but thought you should be warned. Should you want the link to the research paper please let me know. I thjink I can hunt it up again.

chopi 2010-12-07 17:48:46 -0600 Report

I would like it. Thanks.
It seems no matter what you do to try to deal with this disease there are side affects or adverse problems.
Tonight my legs and feet hurt and burn so bad it makes me sick to my stomach. It's so hard to deal with. I was suggested to try Cymbalta any one have thoughts on that??

momcsq 2011-02-06 18:16:11 -0600 Report

I have been taking Cymbalta for back pain that will run down my legs. I have not had any side effect, but I don't do very well on Neurontin.

jayabee52 2010-12-07 17:55:05 -0600 Report

I have no experience or research on Cymbalta. I know what you're feeling because I have DN too. I take Nortriptaline for mine. Here is the link to the article on ulcers

and here is the sentence. I had walked away from the computer for a moment and when I came back it jumped out at me: Here is the sentence that jumped out at me and the reference note associated with it:

"Tramadol also increases a person’s risk of perforation and mortality from peptic ulcers.54 "
Torring ML, Riis A, Christensen S, et al. Perforated peptic ulcer and short-term mortality among tramadol users. Br J Clin Pharmacol. Apr 2008;65(4):565-72. [Medline]

I pray this helps

janetrobe 2010-12-07 03:00:17 -0600 Report

I have been on neurontin for about 4 years. I have done very well on it. There are days worse than other days when I hurt , but thats when my BG is higher. I've notice as I lose weight and try and keep BG within a normal I feel much better. Hope this helps you and i pray you fell better soon. You can call your pharmacist and ask them the side effects or any interaction with any other medication. I know it takes a week or so before you feel the therapy effect of neurontin.

HealthyDesire 2010-12-06 10:18:28 -0600 Report

I just went on it too. My doctor told me to take 1-4 capsules at night to help me sleep. I took it several years ago and had n problems with it at all. It has definitely helped me to get a better night's sleep and a lot less problems with pain and restless legs.

chopi 2010-12-06 08:33:54 -0600 Report

I stopped taking it. It gave me awful stomach problems, back pain and did not even help the pain and burning in my feet and legs. Guess I'm one of the few that has the side affects.

Longfeller 2010-12-05 13:09:46 -0600 Report

I have been taking gabapentin for years now. I take 1200 mgs 3 times per day.
It was prescribed for neuropathy long before the diabetes diagnosis was made. It is a wonderful drug and my experience has been, no side effects. It is a blessing for people with peripheral neuropathy. Do not be afraid to take it; anyway, should something come up, your doctor is only a phone call away.

Chico61 2011-09-24 15:16:25 -0500 Report

same here i take 600 mgs three times a day and don't have any problems. don't know what i would do without it…

granniesophie 2010-12-05 06:32:36 -0600 Report

My neurologist put me on it for chronic, banging headaches (not related to Diabetes, but Migraines that are genetic type, one of my kids has the same thing) I was having every single day-they never went away-I take 300mg twice a day-Poof, no more headaches. The only side effect I see is that , and there is a warning on my pill information as well, diabetics may see a rise in BS. Mine has gone up slightly, not badly, like 155 first thing in the morning, mostly every day, goes down later on, but there is a trade-off there, incapacitating headaches vs higher BS in the morning-my A1C is still at 6.2, so my dr is still happy. We can always adjust my diabetes meds if need be.
So, I'd try it if I were you, and see if it helps, keep an eye on your BS especially fasting and see if you feel better. Don't live in pain and be afraid to try something that could help. If you get more side effects that bother you, you can talk to your doctor and together you can find something else that will work for you.
Good luck and I'm rooting for you :) Keep us posted, I'm interested to see how you are doing.
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chopi 2010-12-04 18:32:46 -0600 Report

Thank youy some much for the info. It helps put my mind at ease. The pain and burning is unbearable. He started me on 100mg three times a day.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-12-04 18:24:52 -0600 Report

I'm on neurontin have been for 6 years. No side effects or problems of any kind. I take 3200mg spread out to 4 times a day. I know if you take it on time the pain and burning are gone. :-)
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