Alcohol And Gabapentin

bwad Says:

Does anyone drink beer or other alcohol while taking this? I start on it tonight, increasing every 5 days to 900 mg total a day. I'm curious as to how much alcohol can be tolerated and if there are any reasons to avoid it completely. I like my Budweiser. Thanks for any input.

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Verwon Says:

Alcohol should be avoided while using this medication, especially at such a high dosage, because it can aggravate the side effects, making them much more problematic.

These can include: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and peripheral edema.

You can read more on it here:


Do you have any other questions?

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barbiknowsall Says:

what are the bad things with this drug and alcohol?

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Jo Walker Says:

I've taken 3600mg of Gabapentin each day for 21 months now! I drink alcohol with them & feel ok. I would just say that the Gabapentin alone will leave u running for the nearest bathroom 20 mins after food or drink!!

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Daisy Says:

I have been on mirapex for 5 years, but because of the gambling side effects, have gradually stopped. My doctor prescribed gabapentin 100mg, for restless legs. I started last night and needed 2 for relief. Along with minor side effects, I have a terrible headache this morning. I normally have one drink in the evenings. Should I stop alcohol while taking this prescription.?

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Jessica Says:

I am currently tapering off klonopin, take 200 mg of Zoloft, 40 mg of propranolol and am about to start gabapentin to ease the withdrawal effects of klonopin. I like to drink wine socially. Will I still be able to do so?

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marcella whitford Says:

i,m on 900mg gabapentin .i., wondering is confusion and withdrawing from everyone and feeling like i dont care have everything to do with this drug? i,m diabetic,,on insulin n pills,amongst other i have recurrent bells palsy

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Jjfish Says:

Yes, stop!!! I've been on Gabapentin 600mg for 28 days. I had 8oz of beer and my head pounded for days. You can't take a pain reliver, because it makes the Gabapentin stronger, which just makes the headache worse!!! Plus others have reported blacking out when combining even a little alcohol with Gabapentin.

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Darren Says:

I drink beer all the time and I'm still alive. I'm currently taking 1800 mg a day.

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Annie Says:

I've been taking 300 mg, once a day for a month for pinched nerve in my back. Have had serious depression this week. It's one of the listed side effects. I am going to try to wean off after I talk to my doctor.

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emma Says:

Darren how long have you been on gabapentin for and what dose its coming up to christmas and I will be wanting a family drink but people comments are putting me off .emma.

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Darren Says:

I take 2100 mg a day and also like my Budweiser. My balance is a wreck when I drink, but that could be from the MS. No major issues.

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Darren Says:

I've been taking 2100 mg of gabapentin for 4 years religiously. I have drank on numerous occasions. No problems at all besides possibly over consuming lol. You have absolutely nothing to worry about.

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ThisBudForU Says:

You and me pal, take my 2000mgs gabs and drink cold Budweiser at night, no problemo!! Work everyday, no side effects, no headache, nada. I started for restless legs on gabs also, liked how mello it seem to make me, added Budweiser myself.

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bradley Says:

hi iam taking gabapentin 3oo mg i have been taking them since 1993 and have been fine however the last 3 years i have become dizzy and feel pressure on my head do you think it is the tablets

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Learned the hard way Says:

This is an old question, but it popped up for me because I wanted to see if anyone had the same problem I did when I mixed vodka and Gabapentin. I have only been on this medication for a week and did not even take it the night of drinking. I am 31 and never in my life have I had an episode like this: I had around 5 shots of vodka (80%) and 1 beer. I was told the next day I pretty much beat up my guy friend and was trying to beat up my husband. I went outside looking for them, I woke my children up screaming at my friend and husband so my 9 yr old daughter seen a little bit of this, and I even had to go to the hospital for a staple and stitch in my head over being restrained so hard I fell and hit my head. None of this is ME! My husband and I have been together for 15 years and he has never seen that side of me. I have always protected my children from seeing anything like that and here my daughter seen my husband holding me down! I had to talk to her the next day and tell her sorry she had to wake up to that and just said she will never see it again. I can only imagine how scary that was to see! I can say without a doubt do NOT mix alcohol with this med! Even if you don't take it that night cause it is still in your system! I learned the hard way. I feel like my husband, my friend, my daughter, and myself were all victims that night because I would have never thought THAT would have happened! I've drank on meds before and been fine, but this one is not one to mess with! Please save yourself and others the possibility of what could potentially happen. I will NOT be touching alcohol at all! This medication is helping me and I would rather have the medicine than a night of fun every now and then.

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halexow Says:

I took 900mg for first time last night. Had one 24 oz beer also. If anything it helped more with my anxiety than any other benzo I have ever taken. Was prescribed to me for nerve damage. Doesn't even help with the pain at all.

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Darren Says:

Five shots of vodka is enough for most people to go nuts on, even without meds. It's possible that your system is reacting differently than others on these meds. I have had no issues like that.

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OldWino Says:

I'm 60 years old and other than when I'm very sick and when I was taking a venipuncture class because my hands shook when I was taking blood, I drink everyday. The gabapentin does nothing to me when I take it along with the wine, which is what I normally drink. However, I drink pretty much a 750 ml bottle ever night. Even with my years of drinking, 5 shots of vodka and I would be trying to beat up all my friends. Of course, I would be unsuccessful as always.

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Horace Says:

I am an alcoholic. I hate AA and the 12 steps. I am taking naltrexone because I believe it will (and has) helped. My doctor who is giving me the naltrexone also wants me on 2 gabapentin each day ( I do not have dosage# handy)' It has really made no discernible difference and I wonder why so many people are taking it when nada has been proved conclusively and there seem to be so many side effects. I am taking it as a nod to my current Dr.
More than anything, I want people to look up the
Good research there. A good alternative to AA garbage.

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Matt Says:

Hi. (I'm on 900mg gapapentin a day fro over a year. I haven;t changed my drinking habits (several beers several days a week) and have had no problems.

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