Does Gabapentin Help With Sleep?

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Jim Says:


The bottom of both of my feet have a burning sensation especially when I go to bed and I can't sleep. My pain dr. prescribed Gabapentin 300mg (1 before going to bed for a week and then 2 thereafter). I've just started taking it last night and I couldn't get to sleep, tossing off and on all night. My primary dr. prescribed Zolpidem for sleeping which makes me sleep and I don't feel the burning sensation. My question is, can I take both meds before bedtime?



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Hegal Says:

Continue zolpiden no need to take gabapentin. I think Feeling burning sensation on your foot because of sleeplessness. So continue zolpiden


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Jim Says:

Added info.: Dr. that prescribed Gabapentin stated my burning foot sensation is Restless Leg Syndrome. Do you still recommend taking Zolipen rather than Gabapentin?

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David Says:

Hi Jim,

Based on your description it sounds like the Gabapentin isn't a viable option as a sleep aid. However, "drowsiness, sleepiness and tiredness" are listed as possible side effects of Gabapentin on NIH.gov.

Because this isn't what Gabapentin is typically used for, I think those secondary side effects are a hit or miss and therefore shouldn't be relied upon for this purpose.

That said, my personal opinion would be to stick with the Zolpidem since you already know that it works as intended.

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Vickie Says:
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I can’t sleep at night and I take other meds at night that should help me sleep (amitriptyline 100 mg + clonazepam 2 mg + 300 mg of gabapentin 3 times a day). Does gabapentin affect your sleep cycle?

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