So at my recent doc appointment she added Gabapenton to my cymbalta, I am still on the lowest dose and haven't stepped up yet. Taking my dose at bedtime after a snack, but oh my the gas and pressure, ( and constipation now) for the last 5 days are almost to much for me, added to the mindless zombie thing going on in my head, not sure this is working despite it has cut my pain levels almost in half. Come Saturday I will start to try to take my morning dose as a step up, but unsure if I will be able to function.
Anyone else had these issues,, and did they improve as time when by?
Hey RavenRose. Gabapentin will zombify you out in the beginning- but you SHOULD adapt. It took me about two weeks at the top dose. As for the constipation, ask your dr for something like Miralax or Colace. That usually does the trick. If you're looking for something more natural, Traditional Madicinals tea makes a tea for bowel movements- but I've never tried it- but heard it works on mild constipation. Good luck and I wish you well.
Gabapentin is a unique medication with a equally strange range of effects on people. For new users, or for users after a 2 ore more day break, the drug can make you feel euphoric, spacey, dissociative, high, trippy and adding additional dose will increase that experience for up to the second day. Gabapentin is sought after as a recreational drug in prisons and from other users. That being said, it has a very safe drug side effect profile: It is not metabolized in your liver, and you overdose hasn't happened because as the dose range exceeds 2,000mg within 24 hours the blood concentration of the active drug doesn't increase in a linear relationship, but it curves down and your body will only allow a certain limit and then you are just urinating the drug out at nearly 100%.
The mechanism of action, like most all other drugs, is not known, but I have witnessed many pain conditions treated effectively with gabapentin and that includes neuralgias, restless leg, insomnia and other pains. Additionally, it is being used as a medication for depression and personally I find it an effective medication for anxiety that is associated with social fears. It does have a withdrawal after longhand high dose use, but overall Neurontin(gabapentin) is well tolerated, no liver impact, reduces some forms of anxiety and depression and excellent peripheral nervous system pain reliever and great for RLS.
I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I do have significant academic and clinical experience to provide a reasonable answer. (I'm also checking this app out for a friend with chronic pain).
For the constipation, I found that taking Magnesium 250mg three times a day works for me because a side effect of the magnesium is diarea, so it evens me out. Everyone is different though. I use the over the counter Nature Made from Walmart