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Neurontin

  • By MaryTyler

    l’ve been prescribed Neurontin in the past as mood stabilizer in conjunction with meds for ADHD and did well on it so thought it would be perfect when l came across it as a migraine prevention dug.

    It seems like the reviews for treatment of migraine are mixed so l wanted t hear experiences.

    l”m trying to find a drug that will address facial pain and pain from jaw clenching, if gabapentin can prevent migraine along with these symptoms it seems ideal.

    Thoughts?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi MaryTyler,

    Thanks for your question. I was on this medication for a number of years with pretty good results. Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you.

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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  • By glassmind

    I’d ask my dr if a med would reduce the clenching since that is the pain source. Three that are used to treat this are muscle relaxer, antianxiety , and botox.

    Some meds cause bruxism (clenching) So check your current meds for that side effect, slso.

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  • By Tom Picerno Moderator

    @marytyler I have been on Gabapentin for several years with dosing ranging from 600mg per day to 2400mg per day. I did notice a reduction in my pain from migraine in general. The side effects of the medication were minor. I did, however, stop taking the high dose due to swelling in my legs. If your doctor is willing to give it to you I would definitely give it a try and see how it works to manage your symptoms.

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  • By MaryTyler

    Thanks everone,

    Appointment tomorrow, l think I’ve decided on the neurontin, l was considering going back on SSRIs but it looks like they all strongly interact with Imitrex, which is very effective for me so l wouldn’t want to discontinue it.

    @Tom Picerno, may l ask how many times daily your gabapentin dose is? l don’t remember taking it 3 times a day, but l spoke with a friend who has migraines and she was RXed so much she just couldn’t keep up with the dosage.

    Generally speaking, l don’t remember having many side effects with it, though.

    Initially l was actually going to discontinue Nortriptyline completely at this appointment, but some time in the last week (of heavy rain which is a crazy trigger for me) it seems like it may actually be working better than l thought it was,so maybe l’ll just add the gabapentin along with it.

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    • By Tom Picerno Moderator

      @marytyler my dosing for gabapentin it twice daily. At one point I was on three times daily but we found that twice daily gave me similar relief and was easier to manage.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi MaryTyler,

    Please let me know how you made out at your doctors appointment!!

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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  • By MaryTyler

    Thanks everyone,

    Just on the gabapentin for now,we talked about beta blockers but decided it wasn’t a good idea as l tend toward dizzy spells and lowish BP.

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  • By lmlahlum

    I have been on Gabapentin for years for restless leg syndrome. 900 mg at bedtime.

    I can’t say it has done anything for my migraines (though maybe they would be worse without it? Who knows).

    I also grind my teeth at night and that has only gotten worse over time. So I doubt it’s doing anything for that either.

    Maybe the dosage needs to be much higher.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi lmlahlum,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    I also grind my teeth and night and I’m sure that contributes to some of my jaw pain. I have worn a night guard at night to help with that, but I cracked each of them! I wonder if the dentist could make you one and see if that helps?

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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