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Diagnosis of Migraine & Headache Types

Gabapentin Prophylactic Therapy

  • By mammapeaches (Susan McManus)

    Hello! I began taking gabapentin about 10 days ago as about the 5th daily preventative I have tried in the past 5 years. Anyway, I have not had to take a Triptan since I started which is AMAZING, but I have had some days, including today, that I feel like my body is going through a migraine but my head pain is only at about a 2 and I have taken one Percocet on these days and have seemed to make it over the “hump”. So, I am certainly not complaining, but just wondering if anyone else on gabapentin has experienced this? I don’t want to get overly excited about this possibly being my wonder drug, but I will say after 22 headache days in July and 15 in August (up to 10 days ago when I started treatment), have been blissful!

    Any comments are truly appreciated!

  • By Tammy Rome

    Glad to hear that Gabapentin is helping you! Most headache doctors will tell you that it can take up to 90 days to determine a treatment’s full effectiveness. Obviously, some people get results faster. I have noticed that I usually get a 2-week placebo effect from nearly every treatment I have tried. So my doctor and I have agreed that we will slowly titrate up or down any treatment for at least 2 weeks before changing anything. It just takes that long for my body to accept or reject a treatment.

    I did try Gabapentin for about a year back in 2011-2012. It made a slight difference but not enough to justify the side effects (excessive fatigue). I had a job that required daily travel and I couldn’t take the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. I’ve since used it for fibromyalgia the past 6 months at a lower dose. I still get sleepy, but don’t drive much so it’s safer.

    I wish you lots of luck with it. May your relief continue!