Gabapentin Makes Me Impaired And Not In A Good Way (Page 2)

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Stephanie Says:

I was given gabapentin after a spinal injury that resulted in severe radiating pain down my legs. Thanks to a great physical therapist, and a lot of hard work, things are better now. Not perfect. But a lot better. I took the gabapentin for two days. The first day I felt fine (all things considered)... but the gabapentin didn't seem to have any real side effects. The second day, I honestly felt like I was on narcotics or something. I could barely move off the couch and, though I have never used heroin, I am very, very familiar with prescription opioids. I have never been that impaired in my life. It honestly scared me. No one else I know who has ever taken this medication has ever experienced anything like this. What gives?

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Re: David (# 1)

Hi David and everyone else here. It's 7am, I took one 100 mg Gabapentin about 9 hours ago. Due to fibromyalgia and 2 bk surgeries I suffer with pain! Also have bad anxiety attacks. So I felt fine, no pain, about two hrs later I had to take a fioricet for my migraine headaches. Don't know what happened? Like the other Stephanie said, I was impaired, couldn't walk myself to bed. My daughter had to help me. I was so scared! Not the first time I took this pill. Never had such a bad reaction. So I had to go to sleep at 10 pm, woke up at 4 am. Had the worst nightmares. Woke up paranoid. Feelings of someone in my house, I was holding onto a hammer. I woke my daughter to ask "am I really awake or dreaming?"

Horrible scary pill, the worst. Thought I was having a breakdown. Still feel weird. In the past, dr gave me 300 mg. Was too much for me. It's been a week now, taking this only at night. I'm thinking it finally got into my system, idk. I've taken the fioricet before and never felt this bad plus dizzy and nauseous. I'm going back to sleep. I still feel knocked out! So no Stephanie, it's not only you! Thank you David, I felt like all those side affects. I'll stick with the Mobic or Flexeril. Gabapentin is in the garbage. Sorry for the long message but wanted to share my experience. Take care everyone, be careful.

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Charles Says:
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I didn't like what it did to me at all.

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Optimistic Says:
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Re: Stephanie (# 21)

It might have been because Fiorocet has that barbiturate in it. I take Firocet a lot and maybe that’s why it messed me up so much. But the headache med alone doesn’t impair me. It’s garbage medication and I hate that doctors use it for pain instead of actual pain medication.

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Re: Susan (# 19)

I am afraid for you when you stop taking it and have withdrawals. That is a lot. Why doesn’t your doctor give you something that is actually made for insomnia?

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TnJack175 Says:

Re: Optimistic (# 24)

Yes, if you decide to get off of Gab's, you need to taper slowly, I mean stretch it out for a few weeks.. That was what I was told, and I did that with no problems, but just don't stop, or you might get w/d's. Good luck..

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Re: TnJack175 (# 25)

That’s how I did it too. Over a month because I had tons of them in 300 mg and 100 mg. I still had withdrawals. Magnesium helped. That was in 2018 and it was the best thing I ever did for myself. That stuff is such garbage. The terrifying part is these quacks don’t even know people get withdrawals.

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Janice Says:

I take 5 at night for bladder nerve pain. It is a miracle drug for me...BUT ..... notice I take all at night. If per chance I need an extra one during the day, I just can’t take it because I feel like I’m in la la land. Night time seems to be right for me. When I get up during the night which I do frequently I feel slightly off balance, but only very slightly so I take care, it’s not bad though. I can come out to my lounge and sit and knit.
I would not survive without this drug. I always think that the first thing I would grab in an emergency is my Gabapentin. And we’ve had very very bad earthquakes here in Christchurch , New Zealand, always had my Gaba in a bottle on the bench so I could shove in my pocket and take with me if necessary, as we had to evacuate one time because of possible tsunami. So nights it for me.

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