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Gabapentin side effects (sleepy, feeling 'drunk' & memory loss)

Hey everyone. I've been taking Gabapentin for about 2 months now at 300mg 3x a day. I was prescribed it after having a tumor removed from my neck which resulted in nerve damage. They help with the pain for sure as it is at least manageable now where it wasn't before. But holy the side effects! I feel like I could fall asleep anywhere, anytime of the day. I also feel off balance all the time, almost like I feel 'drunk' to an extent. I'm also finding I'm dealing with memory loss. I have a hard time remembering what I did 20 mins ago! I guess my big question is, has anyone else dealt with side effects like this? Did they ever diminish over time? I'm going to see my surgeon in a couple weeks and thinking I may have to look at a different route but wanting some in...

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gabapentin

need to discuss with someone about the proper dosage of this med. ## There is really no set dosage for this, though you do need to start at a low dosage and gradually add more until you find the amount that works effectively for you. Most doctors will start with 100mgs taken 2 to 3 times a day, then go up to 300 and continue adding until they find what works for each patient. It would take a tremendous amount to OD on this, which is why so many doctors like to use it, they can take the dosage very high, without danger and it has very few side effects. Your best bet then, is to take your doctors advice on what you should be taking and how often. ## I just started gabapentin. My doctor told me to take 300 mg before bedtime for the first week and then move up to one every 12 hours and the ...

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Gabapentin

For the past 2 years I have been using a cpac machine to sleep but lately I will wake 5 or more times a night. My doctor prescribe medication for RLS, but did not work, now he has prescribed Gabapentin 300 mg to help me sleep. What I have been reading about the med. I can't find no where that it is for sleeping. ## I was just given a prescription for gabapentin 300mg 90 minutes before bedtime. Can increase 300mg every night to a max of 1200. This increase is weekly. I have symptoms of restless leg syndrome but my problem is much more than RLS. I have heavy legs and problems with balance. I was on Requip with some help to the symptoms but developed compulsive gambling problem. Is anyone else in a similar situation or have any advice for me as to what to expect. I have had this proble...

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gabepentin and memory loss

I took Lyrica for several years but quit taking it and switched to gabapentin which I took for several years. I took 300 mg x 3 daily and I have no short term memory and I can't think of the words I mean to say. I also took morphine and hydrocodone so I don't know which drug caused the memory loss. I now am off the opiates but take 100 mg gabapentin x2 daily for anxiety ## Both Lyrica and gabapentin are known for memory loss. Been on pain meds for years, but never had memory issues with them. Type in both Lyrica and gabapentin. You'll find you are far from alone. God bless. ## That is correct, Gabapentin is known to cause memory loss as a long-term side effect, according to pre-approval studies, and real world use reports. Other side effects may include nausea, dizziness, we...

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gabapentin causing a metallic taste in mouth

I recently started taking gabapentin to alleviate nerve pain from fibromyalgia, but now I am having a metal taste in my mouth and all the teeth brushing in the world doesn't stop it. I am also eating myself out of house and home with this med.... anyone else have this problem, and if so, how do I stop it? ## Hello, Strephannie! How are you? I'm sorry about the problems that you're having. The FDA does list these issues as possible side effects of taking Gabapentin, along with dizziness, headache, dry mouth and mood swings. However, most side effects do tend to improve, as your body gets used to the medication, but it may take a month or so. But weight gain is a problem that most people have when taking this medication and that doesn't usually change, as long as they are ...

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gabapentin r 636

I'm just wondering the difference between the two, because when I was prescribed them I was given the 636 green ones, they worked fine for me no more headaches nothing, now they have given me the g31s and I'm sick again headaches, dizziness, you name it. And all the pharmacy says it's a different company that makes them but they are still the same pill.. No they are not.. I'm just tried of all this and don't know what to do... ## Yes you are so correct! The green actavis now teva tablets are the only efficient generics for gaba 600. Actavis period. The g 31 are made by glenmark out of the country and the actavis teva green r636 are the only green and working tablets. The rest are generic junk. I searched a full day before finding them for fill and they are always way...

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Gabapentin for Restless legs or Periodic Limb Movement Disor

Hello. I have PLMD, which is movement of the limbs all during the night and not going into a deep sleep. Results is that I am always fatigued and never feel rested. I researched drugs for this and this is why I started the 300 mg Gabapentin 2 nights ago. Anyone else on Gabapentin for this and, if so, have you noticed improvement? Night before least I slept okay but woke with horrid anxiety and just felt wiped out. I took it l last night and woke up too early, not feeling rested and took a clonopin. I think it may be increasing my anxiety issues? Anyone? ## This medication is actually an anticonvulsant that works in chemicals in the brain, so in some cases, it can cause mood disorders, such as anxiety, as a side effect, along with nausea, dizziness, and weight gain, as reported by the FD...

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Is Gabapentin A Narcotic

Please i need to know for sure if gabapentin is a narcotic? I take them every day. I was prescribed them. I was told that they are and i wanna know for certain as im not wanting to take them no more. ## No they are not a narcotic. They are ued for a few things, but mostly nerve pain. ## That is correct, Gabapentin is not a narcotic, it is actually an anticonvulsant that can also help with certain forms of nerve pain. It may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness and weight changes. You can learn more about it here: Are there any other questions or comments? ## Weight changes as in they can make u gain or lose? ## Is gabentin used for severe chronic pain ## Taking it for menopause symptoms ## Can you take Gabapentin100mg andAmlodlpine 5mg at the same time ## You'll gain weight...

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Gabapentin makes me impaired and not in a good way

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? ## Hi Stephanie, sorry to hear about your experience with Ga...

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Weight Loss medication not working

I’ve been on phentermine 37.5 mg capsule & it not working at all. I was on it once before when my doctor put me on hormone replacement. I gained weight & it worked fine. I’m usually 5’6” & 120lbs. I have a painful back injury & neuroscopic surgery, epidural injections, etc. But nothing has helped my chronic pain. Anyhow, this time a doctor put me on Gabapentin & I gained 20 lbs in 2 months. YIKES! I’ve been on some kind of pain medication since 2001. I’ve done everything the doctors asked including keeping my weight down. Until this one doctor prescribed Gapapentin & all it did was make me fogbrained & gain weight. Now I’m trapped inside this body w/20 extra lbs & now my back & neck hurts more than ever. My pr...

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is gabapentin a muscle relaxer

Restless leg syndrome. Need relaxant to be able to get more continuous, un-interrupted sleep !!!! I know someone who takes Gabapentin for his restless legs!!! Any serious side effects ??? Right now I'm taking the occasional Clonozapam for a RESTLESS leg. I think Gabapentin would be less addictive & less side effects???? ## Hello, John! How are you? Gabapentin is actually an anticonvulsant that has been shown to be useful in treating other medical conditions, including mood disorders, some forms of nerve pain, and restless leg syndrome. The U.S. FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight gain. Is there anything else I can help with? ## No no no no, don't be fooled, the Gabapentin will do zero for any relief from ...

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gabapentin withdrawal after only a week on it at low dose

Hi. Please help. Was only gabapentin 200mg at nighttime for just over a week. Side effects were awful. Really bad dizzy spaced out feeling. Heart racing. Couldn't hack it anymore so dropped down to 100mg for 2 nights then stopped. So total dose nor more than 2500mg in 12 days. Well I'm now day 19 post and everyday is like Groundhog Day. Dizzy and spaced out with a heavy feeling in the head. Can't drive, focus much or even read. Writing this is a chore! Some tachycardia and anxiety but would imagine this may be more to do with the frustration than anything else but who knows? Sleep is more or less ok. Drs have no idea, including pain specialists. They just quote me he half life and say should be been out of my body after 7 hours!! Read a lot about magnesium and been using it ...

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What is aurobindo pha taken for

I can't find a description of my pills online. Aurobindo PHA, it's a white capsule DO3 on it. What do you take these pills for? ## Hello, Mannie! How are you? Aurobindo Pharma is actually the name of the manufacturer, not the medication. They list these capsules as containing 300mgs of Gabapentin. The FDA classifies this medication as an anticonvulsant that is also approved to treat certain types of nerve pain and some mood disorders. Its typical side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, weight gain and mood swings. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Is my generic amlod/benazeprel by Aurobino made in India and is it safe to take? ## My aurobindo is in an amox TR is that good with antibiotics? ## Took amphetamine salts 10 mg tablet 1/2 Tab ...

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side effects of gabapentin off it 2 weeks with terrible side affects docs not doing much at all just me not coping and very depressed weird help

Side affects of being on gabapentin...off it 2 weeks now and have alot of really bad stuff going on..docs not helping me much at all...at my wits end now..anyone help?think this is gonna be a difficult one?but any info regarding the way i am feeling would be great please! ## I quit taking the gabapentin almost 2 weeks ago!! I could have been the one writing your post!!! Help!!! I'm miserable too!!! ## Hi...are you having any side affects?mine was abruptly stopped by my stupid doc half way through tapering off that crap,im not any better and has left me with the worst side affects (hopefully not permanent)pain worse than ever,thats the easiest bit..the other stuffs a nightmare.hope your coping?be good to know how your feeling?! ## One thing I'd like to remind everyone of is that ...

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Gabapentin 900 mg/day side effects

I've been taking one gabapentin 300 mg three times per day starting six days ago for severe spinal stenosis. It's been a miracle drug for me in terms of pain relief and makes oxycodone seem like a placebo. Unfortunately, starting two days ago I started to experience pronounced swelling in my legs and feet. I'm already taking 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide for high blood pressure and I thought that would prevent any swelling but it hasn't. If I can deal with the swelling and being uncomfortable from it do I still have to go off the gabapentin? Are there any medical reasons I can't accept the swelling in order to have the benefits of the gabapentin? After the first two days on gabapentin I went from 10 mg of oxycodone every 4 hours to 5 mg twice a day, sometimes just onc...

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Memory loss from Gabapentin?

I have a really bad memory these past 5yrs. I've been taking gabapentin the past 7yrs, I also take oxycodone, oxymorphone, mobic and stopped taking valium and a muscle relaxer about a year ago. I don't consume cannabis anymore. It's been about 15 yrs since I have. But when I did smoke back in the day I smoked a lot for a good 10yrs. I've noticed lately that I cant remember anything. When someone introduces themselves I just totally forget 2 mins later. I have tried the trick where you say the person's name over 5x's or use it in a sentence to help remember. But to no avail. Even at work, I'm told 3 things to do, I only remember 2 of them, or when it's time to do a task at work I just totally forget. It's affecting my job and making me look very stupid...

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Insomnia while taking Gabapentin

Have been taking gabapentin for a week and am having trouble sleeping anyone having the same problem. ## can't get a good nights sleep two days in a row. surgury pain from lung absess dosen't seem to get any better. ## Yes me too I have been on 100MG for a week.....BUT that is too higher dose so will be coming down to 50MG today......i am not impressed with this drug and as I need my sleep, if i am not happy with 50MG i will stop it..I prefer to have the MS problems than not been able to sleep!! xx ## I am taking 100 MG 3x's a day and have noticed (on about day 5 of this drug) strange dreams when I CAN sleep and trouble getting to sleep in the first place. Anyone else? ## I take 400mg 3 times a day, I will sleep one day and then up for the next two nights and then sleep one ...

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Gabapentin and stomach pain

I’m wondering if anyone else has suffered stomach pain as side effect of gabapentin? I've been on it for more than a month and a half. I have terrible constipation as well. ## Those are listed as possible side effects of this Gabapentin, along with nausea, dizziness, headache, and mood changes. I've experienced it myself, but to any degree of severity, and usually an acid reducer helps. Are you on any other medications? Have you ever had stomach issues prior to taking it? What does your normal diet consist of? ## Sorry, that should have read 'not to any degree of severity'.

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ic gabapentin 300 mg bladder side effects

I take 100 ic gabapentin 3 times/day for sciatica. Now I find that my bladder leaks about once a week which is unnerving. Has this been reported as a side effect? ## Didn't give enough information about my bladder leakage. The leakage is small and occurs in my sleep. ## Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant that has also been proven to help with certain types of nerve pain. This is not listed among the normal side effects, which may include: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and weight gain. You can read more on it here: Have you talked to your doctor about this? ## Have not talked to doctor about occasional bladder leakage while sleeping since starting Gabapentin. I would like to know if any other persons who take this drug have had this experience. Let me kinow. Thanks ## Having the same pr...

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white pill with 13 2 on one side blank the other

I found a pill i dont recognize, it is a large, white pill, oblong, with 13 2 on one side with a line score mark between the 13 and 2 and it is blank on the other side. ## @L Hill, Based on your description, the closest match I came across is a white oblong shaped pill with the number 13 and letter G on one side (with a score line in between the 13 | G); and like yours it is also blank on the other side. This particular pill is identified as an 800mg Gabapentin tablet, used for treating neuropathic pain. For verification, it's size is reported to be approximately 19mm and is manufactured by a company called Glenmark Generics. Does this sound like a possibility? ## I take Metformin 1000mg and the 13 2 with score mark in middle is on pill ## That is correct. It is metformin 1000 mg.

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