Gabapentin May Boost Functional Recovery After a Stroke - Neuroscience News

Anyone else had experience of gabapentim?

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Hi all I have been taking garpbentin now for about 5 weeks and I’m noticing a difference not only stroke related but other medical related problems I have.

Thanks for posting and it’s a great read. It put my mind at rest as I’ve been worried about my stroke medication I’m taking then adding garpbentin. Would recommend anyone taking this drug or contemplating to read this article.

Loraine :blush:

Thank for the info Lorraine, great detail, I am coming off amitriptyline after a month trying for nerve pain, done nothing for me hope gabapentim fares better, will update you all in due course.

@mrfrederickson Hi I’m taking amertriptyline on an evening at about 7pm 20mgs it helps me. I’ve been on these for years now. I’m also on the garpbentin which I mentioned just recently and I’m feeling much better :blush:

Only been on it for a week noticeable reduction in pain levels just more sleepy .will give it a months trial them look to come off it and try gabapentim, more updates to follow thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

@mrfrederickson When do you take the medication and how many mgs?

10mgbefore bed at about 10pm

I was always told to take it about 7pm to8pm it’s a calmer
@mrfrederickson

Hi,
I take 900mg three times a day and have done for several years. The doctor stated that for Gabapentin to have the best effect, then the maximum dose was recommended.
The difficulty with this, is that there is no way of saying whether it has had any effect recovery-wise because I don’t know whether I would have recovered any slower without it. I still don’t have use of my right hand and still don’t walk very well.

@MinnieB thanks for sharing. I’m taking 400mgs due to increase to 500mgs I did try 500 and it made me groggy so I dropped down. I’m slowly going up if my pain increases. Best wishes loraine :blush:

Thanks for you information as with all our stroke recovery it’s individual as to make it impossible to say if the medicines or spontaneous recovery is going to get us back to a better normal, brain repair is so slow and difficult to measure as to make predictions on recovery.

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Thanks for this very interesting read. I had 2 strokes last year first one I recovered quite well. Second one in May has taken longer to recover, I can walk ok but get very tired. My left arm is still not great no strength and very painful. Doctor put me on gaberpentin to help with the pain 10mg 3 times a day. I can’t say they have helped with the pain but have noticed small improvement with my arm but it’s very slow. Was thinking of stopping them but after this article might just stick with them. Haven’t noticed any major side effects except tiredness don’t know if that’s strokes fatigue or meds.
Take care
Rich.

@richcfc hi glad it’s helping a little. Maybe you need to increase! I’m now just increasing to 500mgs per day. Good luck :grinning:

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Very interesting. I will delve in further.

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I will check with my GP and swap the amiltryptapine for graba pentium as it is not deliver Ing pain relief in my left leg and foot.
Hope the restoration effects are a reality and it helps many of us
Been on the amiltryptapine for over a wee and no noticeable reduction in pain levels, paracetamol and codine are the combination that works for me.

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Hope it goes well for you, I’d be interested to hear how you get on, in regards to pain relief and any side effects with the higher dose. Good luck.
Rich.

@richcfc hi I’ll let you know, you are on 300mg I’m in 400mg now and I’m ok not drowsy so we will see once I start 500mg as an when I need it. My doctor said if I’m having a bad day I can adjust the medication myself 609 is the highest does they recommend. I’ll keep a log starting tomorrow, my plan is 200mg morning 7am and evening about 7pm but if I don’t feel quite right I’ll take 100mg around 1pm. :grinning:

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Hi Loshy, I am on 300mg 3 times a day. I made a mistake in my original post I thought it was 10mg 3 times a day but just checked its 300mg. Which my doctor said was low dose. He perscibed then for pain in my upper arm, and I can’t say they are working, I don’t think they make me drowsy. I just feel tired most of the time any which is all part of the stroke I suppose. Good luck if you upped your dose.
Take care
Rich.

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