Long Term Use Of Gabapentin

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sid Says:


ive been taking gabapentin for about 5 weeks. i have built up the dosage from 1 *300mg tablet per day up to 5 tablets a day.(and rising).
Im concerned the gabapentin will become less effective as I build up my dosage.
Compared to other tablets ive taken they have been quite effective with less side effects.
tried to have a "day off" from them and it didnt go so well. Pain management tablets is likely to be a long term requirement as i have no diagnosis.

Should i try to take a "break" for a day every now and again to slow down tolerance (does doing that make them less effective)?
is tolerance a justified concern?



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Sid! How are you?

Yes, tolerance is a valid concern, but for most people it takes several years, not just a few weeks. Thus, you likely don't need to worry about it, yet.

The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, mood swings and weight changes.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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