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URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby darkcyde » Sat May 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Hi everyone

My GP started me on Gabapentine yesterday after Amitriptylene didn't work after trying it since Xmas.

I started with one tablet yesterday, two tablets today and tomorrow will be three tabs....all spread out during the day.

Yesterday I was feeling very sick, and had severe upset stomach....but the stomach isn't out of the ordinary for me.

Today, about an hour ago, everything started racing....im really tense, my head is racing, my muscles are twiching and I feel like little explosions are going off all over my body.....I feel like I can't slow down!

I suffer with ADHD (hyperactivity) anyway, and this feels like a serious bout of that.

my BP is 130/102 half an hour ago.

Any suggestions anyone? Anyone else been through this with gabapentine?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby allison77 » Sat May 19, 2012 8:42 pm

Hi, I'm on Gabapentin as well but you seem to have moved very quick on the dose - are you sure you should have moved to 2 today? When I started I was on 1 a day for 3 days, then 2 a day for 3 days and then onto the 3 a day so it was a gradual increase. Gabapentin can make you dizzy if you take a large dose though x
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby darkcyde » Sat May 19, 2012 8:43 pm

Yes, definately the dose the GP said....he is very good, and very clued up on FM, and I have seen a Specialist and this was the dose that he advised....I've been classified as a Severe sufferer if that makes any difference?
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby yaz » Sat May 19, 2012 8:50 pm

Hi,

I have been on everything. My g.p always advises an increase in does after 3 days as my body reacts to higher doses too quickly. Everyones different. Maybe pacing yourself with the increase may help.

Hope it gets better for you x



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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby darkcyde » Sat May 19, 2012 8:59 pm

I'm keeping on eye on my bp (now 140/111) as I'm already on BP meds so I'm worried if anything goes screwy on that side.

Usually on the Amitriptylene I'm falling asleep and heading for bed right about now, but I feel like I could go all night without sleep at the moment.

If it gets any worse, I'll call the on-call doc for advice on wether I should carry on with the increased dose tomorrow....as it stands, I might just take 2 again tomorrow and see how it goes!

Really not liking this at all!!
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby Ria Landon » Sat May 19, 2012 9:01 pm

I think its best to phone your doctors, they should put you through to the on call services who will be able to advise you and will get a doctor to call you back.

Hope you feel better soon

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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby karlor95 » Sat May 19, 2012 9:36 pm

Hi
you really need to get your BP down below 100 (bottom number)
the previous email re GP is good advice, if you get no joy there then maybe a trip to see the out of hours GP or local A+E might help? Did you reduce the Amitriptylline over time or did you suddenly stop as this might be a factor?
karen xx
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby lollydolly » Sat May 19, 2012 10:12 pm

My gapapentine was raised over 3 weeks one first week two the next 3 the last it seems very quick to do it over 3 days there is not chance for it to get into your system properly I would check it would be just like taking 3 straight off doing it over 3 days

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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby shazq » Sat May 19, 2012 11:02 pm

Hi
That does seem to be a bit quick to increase them, when i was on them i increased them weekly.we do tend to get the side affects of the meds way before we get the benefit of the med, some meds can take up to 4 weeks before they kick in.
I would check with your Gp again before you increase it anymore just to be on the safe side. :goodluck1:
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby Gemini » Sat May 19, 2012 11:14 pm

Hi,
Just thought i would add that i had to be weaned off pregabalin over a period of 3 weeks before i was able to started taking Gabapentine and even then i had to slowly increase the dosage of Gabapentine.
previous to the above medications i was on Amitriptylene for approx 6 years and i also had to weaned of this medication as well.
I would definitely either go to your local walk in Centre or contact your GP OH service as the blood pressure needs to be looked at.
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby aunty bun » Sun May 20, 2012 3:10 am

hun i would def give out of hours a call if doesnt settle always better to be safe than sorry hun mi have just been put on pregaptlin and am staying on my amitrypline amongst other tings am also scitalopran should i query this or is it the normxx :-?
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby spencebel » Sun May 20, 2012 7:30 am

Hi
When i started on mine, it was one a day for the first week, two a day the second week, 3 a day for the third week, and there after.Yours does seem to be too much to soon, best to check with a doc to be sure.
Take Care
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Re: URGENT : Gabapentine....

Postby karen59 » Sun May 20, 2012 10:37 am

I was on Gapbapentine for 7 years most of them spent in a fog.....stopped them 2 years ago and pain was no worse but the fog cleared ..be carefulxx
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