Gabapetin - Sore Throat - Throat Irritation

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pamopal Says:

I have been on Gabapentin for 2 years for diabetic neuropathy, building up to 300mg x 3 times daily. Six months age I started getting a sore and burning feeling in my throat, which causes me to continually cough to clear my throat. I have had a camera down my throat and nothing bad showed. An x-ray showed I had some fluid in the base of my lungs -could this cause the soreness as well as the persistent cough? I tried reducing the Gabapentin to 200mg x 3 times and the cough eased a lot, but the nerve pain got worse so I increased it again

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Pamopal! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem that you're having.

Yes, it is most likely from the fluid, the cough and throat clearing could be what's actually causing the soreness.

Gabapentin can also cause dry mouth and throat, as a side effect, which could be worsening the problem. As listed by the FDA, you may also experience nausea, dizziness and weight gain.

Have they given you any treatment options for it?

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pamopal Says:

Thanks for your reply, I have an appointment at the Respiratory Clinic on 17th Nov - for which I have had to wait 8 weeks - so will have to be patient and see what they say - and if they can suggest what to take for the throat pain. Meanwhile I am sucking sugar free Strepsils as I am diabetic.

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pamopal Says:

I am still undergoing hospital checks, waiting for a lung scan and the breathing clinic appointments. Also may change my perindopril as that can cause cough.

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