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Gabapentin

Now on the full dose of gabapentin, 1x300mg x 3 times a day.don't like, I feel like a zombie and have been asleep this afternoon. Haven't felt any lessening of pain.in a dilema, should I carry ln with them, I am taking my daughter in law to the hospital firdt thing in the morning and won't be able to drive if I feel like this

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I tried that, it was awful comatose and then drowsy even when I tried to wake up/get up etc...

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Hi ,pain meds are a difficult thing arent they ? I didnt get on with any others but gabapentin is ok,for me after the first couple of weeks ,HOWEVER..I am now on 2x300 3x a day and find the pain relief is not a lot any more..such is the way with these meds ,after a while their help reduces.

Do not stop full stop ..see your doc and reduce ,as the withdrawl from these meds can sometimes be worse than the sleepiness. . A lot depends on how long you have been on them .

Good luck and best wishes

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David was warned that he wouldn't even remember where he lives. He too was a zombie and came off them.

I believe you can not come straight off them but reduce in the same when you increase at the start.

Check with your GP or pain clinic before stopping them.

He never got any benefit from them in spite of 2 attemps and even tried the sister one.

But people who do get on with them have success.

Pat x

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If these meds work why are people still talking about being in pain? Gaba did nothing for me other than add pain to a new site in my body (headache, nausea and other side effects). Perhaps they take the edge off but then so does a glass of wine and they've been growing grapes since before time...? Best wishes

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These types of meds are designed to make you woozy, sleepy and take your brain elsewhere. Your brain percieves less pain in this semi comatose condition. They rarely reduce pain more than taking the edge off. I hate them and use them very sparingly when absolutely necessary over short periods.

The body will build up resistance to any painkillers used long term, meaning that over the years you need to increase and increase. The danger of this is that when you are eventually on regular morphine, the pain you get is not your pain its withdrawal from the morphine. Then you are a legal drug addict because you can't live without your morphine. This cycle can happen to anyone who blindly takes meds without question, complains they are not working and accept stronger doses.

Best to keep off the meds whenever possible, and especially when you are getting no benefit from them.

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Gillimac

If a pill does not cure your pain stop taking it as it is bound to be doing something else to your body. So often it's a toss up what is worse the pain or the effects. I have a whole list of drugs on my computer that my wife has had trouble with.

Jack

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Thanks so much for all your comments, feel a bit better today, back in the real world, have a gp appointment for later this week, not heard anything for a few weeks from r.bell, you okay bob?

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Hi I take 900mg of gabapentin x 3 for TGN, on top of tramadol, diclofenic,amitriptyline and a few other things, i feel out of control most of the day and sleep alot.to get out of the pain i'm in but the meds are horrid. i have tried to cut the amount of gabapentin down but the pain in my face comes back. the pain in my back and legs is still there. i have come off morphin and codeine so thats a help. my family has grown up now so i really only have to cook evening meal and try to do a bot of housework and washing ,I do feel i;m sleeping my life away.i can function as an human sometimes if i have to but you all know what long term pain does to us!

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I have just been prescribed Gabapentin for painful sciatica - that is putting it mildly, but after reading these comments I am not sure I want to take it. Will have to think long and hard before making a decision. To take. or not to take.

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Hi, I understand after reading all of the above experiences why you would question taking gabapentin but I wanted to provide another perspective. I have been on Gabapentin for over 5 years now as I have atypical CRPS. Although, it has not been the wonder drug it has given me a life. With gabapentin and a number of other meds I am able to work and have a better quality of life. When I was taken off it I ended up in bed for 3 months. Each of us is an individual and as such will respond to medication(s) differently. It could work for you or not but you wont know unless you try.

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Pain clinicians seem to be moving away from Gaba to pregabalin. Don't know why but it might be worth trying if the gaba doesn't work. As far as I know they are not addictive nor do you build a tolerance as they work by 'scrambling' nerve messages being originally for epilepsy. You have to build up the dose to reduce early side effects then apparently there aren't as many as if you took narcotics. Neither worked for me and the withdrawal is easier than the build up. If you haven't felt any pain relief then they aren't working. My pain chap said they only work for one third of people. Best wishes.

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Hi everyone, just taking tramadol and paracetamol and back on my tens machine. This thing ha taken over my body, its not taking over my brain

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It's always I think a good idea to have someone else with you during consultants visits seem to take more notice ,just saying good luck

Peggy x💐

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Hi gillimac

I just wanted to tell you that I'm on 300mg 10x a day and this is still not the maximum dose as far as I am aware you can have it prescribed 12x a day, I am always in alot of pain and am confined to a wheelchair and bed, I'm not quite sure if I helps my pain as I am on oramorphine and MST 100mg a day with anti inflammatorys and northisterone for the endometriosis, I think if I is not working maybe ask your doc to up the dose a bit 😊 good luck x

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