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moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 5, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Anybody taking it?

It helps me BIG time, but it also makes me:

 light headed

 my IQ dropped by 30 points (estimated by stupid me)

 horny (lol, I feel like a teenager in that department, embarrassing but a nice feeling for an almost 59 years old fart)

P.S. I will probably regret posting all of this, but I am heavily medicated and don't care :)


High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Potemkin Village
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:38pm PT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabapentin

"Gabapentin has been associated with an increased risk of suicidal acts or violent deaths."
DanaB

climber
CT
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
The package inserts of all prescription medications are available online. Drugs.com is also a reliable source.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
HFCS, of course I am familiar with the drug and its side effects.

Just curious if anybody here has similar experience...


"Gabapentin has been associated with an increased risk of suicidal acts or violent deaths."

What does it mean "violent deaths"?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Gabapentin a.k.a. Neurontin.
I was on it over a month or so for nerve pain related to a herniated disk in my neck. Still couldn't use the affected arm for the whole month and it was pretty painful when I tried; then did two rounds of guided fluoroscopy cortisone which fixed me up much better.

The MD said that side effects from Gabapentin would be minimal as in maybe a little forgetfulness. I had no side effects.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
I had a very similar condition- herniated disc at C6/7, with lots of nerve pain in my arm. Gabapentin didn't do much of anything for me- good or bad- just didn't work for me. I gave up on it.

I tried the cortisone injection- that helped for about a day or two, and the pain came right back. Relief only came from surgery- posterior foraminotomy- and it happened almost immediately.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Given to me by my doc for 4 months hoping it would help a prevent a bad case of lingering pain following shingles (post hepatic neuralgia) but didn't do sh#t! I wasn't aware of the potential negative side effects.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Yeah, I have been on gab for years

It "retards" the firing of nerve endings, among other things

most people who "try" it don't take anywhere near a high enough daily dosage and don't stay on it long enough to build in the body so it actually starts to take effect and reduce mostly nerve pain

as such it is systemic and needs to bind on itself over time
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
What does "stay on it long enough" mean? How long?
MH2

climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
Moosedrool,

Perhaps you will understand if I tell you it turned my next door neighbor from a Prussian into a Slovenian, or maybe a Samoan.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
at least two months

Adult Dosing
Gabapentin is started at low doses (100 mg to 300 mg total daily) and increased by 100 300 mg every 1-3 days to effect. A typical schedule might be: day 1-2: 300 mg nightly; day 3-4: 300 mg twice daily; day 5-7: 600 mg twice daily; day 8 onwards: 600 mg three times a day. The usual effective total daily dose is 900-3600 mg, administered in three divided doses per day. Higher doses may be needed. Titration should proceed more slowly in elderly patients.
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

CNS: SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, confusion, , depression, drowsiness, sedation, anxiety, concentration difficulties (children), dizziness, emotional lability (children), hostility, hyperkinesia (children), malaise, vertigo, weakness.

EENT: abnormal vision, nystagmus.

CV: hypertension.

GI: weight gain, anorexia, flatulence, gingivitis.

MS: arthralgia.

Neuro: ataxia, altered reflexes, hyperkinesia, paresthesia.

Misc: MULTI-ORGAN HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS, facial edema.

*CAPITALS indicates life-threatening.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Hmmm...guess maybe it just didn't work for me as I was on as high a dose as my doc was comfortable giving me and never noticed any lessing of the pain after 4 months, so finally just stopped. Pain has gradually lessened on it's own but still significant enough pain in the shoulder to hinder climbing, damnit! Glad I didn't experience any of the side effects mentioned except the horniness. That one might have been more interesting and appreciated at 62.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Interesting. I'm on pregabalin right now as well as my hydromorphone. They want to switch me over to gaba if i still need a nerve pain killer because it's cheaper. I'm having second thoughts now.... Hopefully i just don't need the sh#t anymore..
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
Wanted to kill myself on that sh#t.

No amount of pain was worth dealing with that.

Hope it goes better for you...
FTOR

Sport climber
CA
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
there's a type of it that goes by the trade name gralise. ramps up much quicker to an effective dose. no personal experience with it, probably costs a lot.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
I see potential here!
This could become the "Friday Night While Posting on Non-Recreational Pharmaceuticals Thread".
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
Personally, since Gabapentin didn't do anything for me, I'm thinking of going back on the lettuce to see if that helps or not.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Gabapentin completely eliminated the pain from shingles for me. In addition, I don't experience any pain from neuralgia anymore or sharp shooting pains in my injured foot. And, I can finally sleep at night! It doesn't relief the "oridinary" pain because it is not its indication.

So, apart from the strange side effects, it is a wanderful medication for me.

Taking 600mg every 8 hours.

Now, about those BOOBS...

;)

Edit: The lettuce gave me horrors. I hate it. NEVER want to smoke it again. Probably the most horrific experience I ever had. 0_0
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Taking 600mg every 8 hours.

good dosage

like I said, most people do not get prescribed a high enough dosage to do much at all
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