Gabapentin was originally developed as a treatment for epilepsy. Now it is commonly prescribed to treat nerve pain and is a first-line treatment for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It affects chemicals and nerves in the brain to interrupt certain pain signals from the nervous system. It is not used for routine pain caused by minor injuries or arthritis.
dizziness, fatigue, weight gain, drowsiness, and swelling of extremities
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Overall: Takes bout week to start working.By
Pros: When I take them in the morning with my pain pills, they work for about two hours. Same thing after my afternoon and night pill.
Cons: I've been up today since 5:30 and they are not working at all. While getting a casserole ready for a brunch with the ladies, I could hardly stand that how much pain (I use pain since I really can not explain how they feel) I was in.
Overall: I have been on Gabapentin for over 5 yrs. Started at 300 mg 2X a day. then about two years later up to 3X a day. About six months later the changed to 600 mg 3X a day. Last fall I was changed to 800 mg 3X a day. When the Dr. does her feel test, maybe once out of four tries I feel her touching my feet. Any other time I feel nothing except pain, pins and needles in my legs and feet and swelling and burning of my feet. The Dr. told me she is considering changing my meds or sending me to see a specialist. With out my other pain medications I'm barely holding it together.By
Pros: At first it seemed to help a little but as time went on it stopped.
Cons: It really doesn't do anything for me now but the doctors keep me on 300 mgs 3 times a day. The tingling is stil there and I have lost all feeling in my feet.
Overall: It seems to work for some people but the side effects can be bad. You have to try it for yourself.By
Pros: I take this for two different reason one is for fibromyalgia and the other is for the neuropathy in my feet.
Cons: If standing or walking for too long it will not work. It can make you feel tired at times. It does give you some swelling in you feel and legs also hands.
Overall: It does work I just have to know my limits.By
Pros: Sometimes it works great.
Cons: Sometimes it works very little.
Overall: Sometimes it works wonderful for me. But not always. If I didn't have other medicine I would have given up. The pain in my hands and feet is crazy. I also have had 6 fusion surgeries on my back. Failed surgeries. So the pain is everywhere. So Gabapentin does good sometimes. When it works, I can sleep. It's about 50-50 for me!By
Pros: This medication worked for me! I was putting ice on my feet at night, and slowly losing my mind. This medication has taken away all of the burning and I am sleeping once again....without ice!
Cons: None that I have experienced.
Overall: Love it!By