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Gabapentin

Just started on Gabapentin. Only on one a night at the mo. But it’s making me feel really sleepy. Almost drunk in a bad way. Is this normal ? I’m due to increase my dose but I can’t see me being able to work if I do. Any help please Thanks gang

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itsmewithms
1 month ago

I took Gaba for many months to help combat “Meralgia paresthetica” which was causing numbness along the top of my thigh. I liked many things about it but felt that it delivered very uneven and when it peaked it felt like my blood pressure was elevated, etc.

A Dr friend of mine with Lupus (currently attacking her nervous system) suggested that I switch to Gralise. It is the extended release version and I like that much better. She pointed out that Gaba only lasts for 4 hours and peaks during that time and fades. You need to jump in before it is gone with another dose. This means for full day coverage you need to get up to several pills a day which took me a few weeks.

Initially it made me really sleepy too until you get used to it. I know it was prescribed for me after hip surgery but since it just put me to sleep and it said to take a bed time I just never took it and instead took a Tylenol PM ;-0 But I came to like it when I got used to it but switched over to Gralise which I found gentler on the system with a more even delivery.


faye_austin
1 month ago

Ok thanks for your info. I’ll see how I go.


earlde
1 month ago

I myself could not take it i never got past the nightly dose..it made me feel out of control and loopy..im chemically sensitive i take nothing for pain because of it have tried it all..i wish i could find some thing , horrendous pain constantly locking spasms all night every night.but not about me…some people can take it others cannot..every thing ive tried did help with pain but could not continue taking..


bullman
1 month ago

@faye_austin been on gaba for 17 years and now on 5 a day. Takes time to get used to. Give it time. Worked for 15 years on it. Didn’t stop me working.


faye_austin
1 month ago

Thankyou for all of you input. I will take it all on board x


mary_white
1 month ago

I take Gabapentin 3 times a day and have been on quite a high dose for the last 5 years. I am retired but have stayed active despite mobility problems. Pre COVID I swam 4-5 times a week and feel very grateful to have got back to this last week. I think the truth is Gabapentin suits some people and not others. You need to see how you go and review if it doesn’t suit you! Good luck x


faye_austin
1 month ago

Thankyou for all your comments. Very much appreciated


sarah_thornton
1 month ago

I take Gabapentin, 1200mg a day (400mg 3 times a day). I found when I first started taking it (300mg a day only) that it sent me dizzy but feel that it does not take my pain away now and although not officially diagnosed with MS I have been referred to a MS specialist and will see them next month to see if I can change medication. Stick with them for a couple of months, let them get into your system then speak to your GP/neurologist.


chonte_colvin
1 month ago

I take gaba (300mg) 3 times a day, it made me so sleepy dizzy so just take it at bedtime.

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