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post #101 of 105 (permalink) Old 02-12-2016, 06:19 PM
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I like it so far. It helps me get through the day. I was 100 mg 3x/day for about 2 weeks, which didn't really do much. Now I'm at 300mg 3x/day and I get a very subtle opiod-like buzz, which I've found is STRONGLY amplified with exercise. It feels amazing.

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I've been on 600mg, three times a day for about six months now. It's the only anti-anxiety med that my psychiatrist will prescribe, that's effective for me, at all. He won't give me a script for Xanax, which is the only other drug that's ever had any effect. So. Thank God I have this.

Most of the time I actually only take two a day, and when I know I'm gonna be going through a lot of anxiety (at work, for ex, or during the holidays around a lot of family) I'll take three. And that seems to be working for me.
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I've been having a sore throat for a while now, coinciding with the same time I was upped from 900mg / day to 1200mg. I haven't really been thinking too much about it, but it's really prevented me from talking too much or else the swelling gets worse. Anyways, a couple nights ago, I read it was a rare side effect of Gabapentin. I figured I would try going off the gabapentin for a week and I legit got terrible withdrawal the very next day. It started with profuse sweating, and I thought yeah, it's probably withdrawal, but I can handle this.

Eventually it progressed to what felt like heart arrythmias, elevated blood pressure, a fever, chills, even confusion (which might have been a complication of the high blood pressure.) I took an emergency klonopin, plus 600mg of Gabapentin. I'm not even trying to sound dramatic. I felt better after the klonopin kicked in.

Instead of cold turkey, I'm just going to try cutting down some and see if my throat problems go away. If it turns out to be something viral, well I might know if this dose reduction doesn't work, but hopefully it's not because I don't have the extra money to see a doctor right now.

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I just started taking Gabapentin on the regular. I was originally prescribed back in April due to a foot injury, but it didn't do anything as it turned out my foot was fractured (my doctor originally thought I had nerve damage in my foot).

Anyway, for whatever reason he gave me a ridiculous supply of it, but I just left it aside for months. Recently, due to personal circumstances, my anxiety and depression has increased astoundingly. Desperate, and waiting to be seen by the doctor, I decided to try the gabas for my anxiety.

Wow, it has helped tremendously. It really helps my social anxiety. It makes me super chatty and more at ease in day-to-day conversations that are otherwise sometimes impossible to accomplish with my crippling anxiety.

I was really perplexed to read other people say that Gabapentin gives them great fatigue and even were prescribed it to help with sleep. It is the absolute opposite for me. I take it first thing in the morning with my coffee, and boy does it get me going for the day. It makes me incredibly alert for the entire day. My first day of taking it, it was almost overwhelming and my thoughts were all over the place and I felt a little too flighty. That was just with one 300 mg pill. After day one, it got a lot better and I think that my brain was just adjusting to the new drug in my system.

I can actually understand others reporting that it gives them anxiety. I realize that if I have any down time, then I feel kind of panicky and restless. Like it's hard to sit still. It makes me feel like I need to be doing something. I think it works best for me on busy work days because it keeps me in "power mode" like I can tackle the whole day without feeling that normal slump of exhaustion halfway through the day.

Another great thing is that it really helps me with exercise. Due to the feeling of "needing to do something", it makes me just want to physically move around. Yesterday I took a 6 mile walk/hike through the snow without feeling any fatigue or exhaustion. I also have asthma, so I have to be careful with cardiovascular activities. Recovering from a fractured foot also makes it difficult to walk for too long as well.

Overall, I'm so happy I had an extra amount of this stuff to help me with my anxiety/depression right now until my doctor's appointment.
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I have always wanted to try Gabapentin as a woman with similar symptoms to mine (I have a diagnosis of somatization anxiety) reported a disappearance in her symptoms once she got prescribed this medication. As it is prescribed for seizures and neuropathic pain my psychiatrist never prescribed it to me but I shall read through this topic and eventually suggest him to give it a try.

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