My brain is totally burnt out so please bare with me .. Ok I tried the gabapentin ... Did not work at all, I seem to have a very low tolerance and the side effects were not for me. Even the withdrawal was less fun. As I have posted my Dr just sent me a letter saying Im No longer a patient. So this past appt he gave me a script for lyrica ... I think it may last me 3 months or less depending on how it works or not.
What are the side effects if going off this medication if any ? I do get everyone is different ..
For me gabapentin (Neurontin) worked a little bit and I had no side effects. However, I've found that pregabalin (lyrica) is much more effective for me, I still have no side effects and it works better for my pain, Parastesia etc. I'm also on a much lower dose of pregabalin at the minute that the gabapentin equivalent so I'm hopeful that a little higher dose will work better. I started my higher dose yesterday and will continue titration until I know if a higher dose is better. Personally I far prefer pregabalin. It took years of fighting and eventually a change of doctor to get it in my case. The doc I changed to gave it to me immediately and was outraged that it had not already been tried.
Anyway.... If you have any questions about either I've got a lot of research on both stored in my brain and on my computer so if you have anymore questions let me know or pm me
On this I can't give you any advice as to which works better because for me none of them worked....the whole family of this type of med didn't work for me with my trigeminal neuralgia. The one drug that has worked for me is amitriptyline, it doesn't work for me as it's original use for anxiety and depression (it does absolutely nothing for my anxiety or depression) but for the nerve pain it's the best tablet ever for me! along with the morphine mst.
Unfortunately it is all trial and error to find the meds that suit you best. We are all very different and what works for one won't work for another. I hope you're able to a new doctor soon and find a combination of meds that will help you xxx
They are *not* the same. They act in a similar way, but they are very different. Some people have great results with gabapentin, others with lyrica. Lyrica has been a godsend for me, but I had awful side effects on gabapentin.