For anyone on neuronton and/or knowledable about supplements

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mariac2000, Oct 20, 2002.

  1. mariac2000

    mariac2000 New Member

    I've been on neurontin for a week 300mgs. It has done nothing for pain. How long does it take to work. I am allready feeling side effects of dizzyness and sick stomach. Will they go away. I am also starting to experiment with supplements, but am afraid of interactins with other meds. Does anyone have ant info. It would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, maria
  2. mariac2000

    mariac2000 New Member

    I've been on neurontin for a week 300mgs. It has done nothing for pain. How long does it take to work. I am allready feeling side effects of dizzyness and sick stomach. Will they go away. I am also starting to experiment with supplements, but am afraid of interactins with other meds. Does anyone have ant info. It would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, maria
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Neurontin, like Klonopin, are antiseizure medications. They are not designed to help with pain except for muscle spasms. What they are used for is RLS, anxiety, sleep problems, and sensory overload. When Klonopin or Neurontin are used at night to promote better quality of sleep, pain is eased because our muscles are able to heal at night.

    You may want to try the ZMA at night to work with the Neurontin to help you sleep. The magnesium in the ZMA will help your pain by helping to heal your muscle tissue. ZMA is sold at this website in the Store. Start out slowly with one capsule and work up to two or it can cause diarrhea.

    If pain is overwhelming you, you need more than Neurontin. See a pain specialist if your own doc won't give you something. Many docs who do not understand our illnesses will want to prescribe Vioxx or Celebrex. These are of very limited use for our illnesses and can have some bad side effects. If your stomach can tolerate it, you can take up to 800 mgs of ibuprohpen every six hours, not to exceed 2400 mgs in a 24-hour period. Soaks in Epsom salts can help too. Shirl adds two or three (can't remember which) bottles of hydrogen peroxide to her Epsom salt baths. This soak will leave you feeling a little weak and relaxed, perfect before bedtime.

    Love, Mikie
  4. Scoobsmom

    Scoobsmom New Member

    As I have mentioned before in questions. I am on neurontin 600 mgs at night, but I am also on 50 to 75 mgs of tramodol. I also take tylenol along with these. I have not had any side effects with either med..thankfully. I do also take calmag a calcium/magnesium supplement at night which gives me a calming effect.. I am sleeping so well, my husband has known me for 10 years and said..I have never heard you snore, or look so peaceful at night as I have recently. It is working well for me, I wish you luck. I realize it does not work for every one. It has helped with the muscle spasm in my right shoulder/upper back...God bless..BARB
  5. toots2

    toots2 New Member

    As I've reported before here, Neurontin did nothing for me except make me sleepy. I think sometimes drs. prescribe this for lack of anything else, especially when they refuse to give pain meds. There is much more to be done than popping a pill every time we hurt, but something for pain sure helps when all else fails. I sleep well almost every night taking trazadone. Is it something you have tried? Just a suggestion, of course, but it certainly helps me and others I have talked to as well. Finding medication that works certainly makes this condition more manageable. If the neurontin isn't working, tell your dr. Have him give you something that does. Hope you are feeling better soon. Toots
  6. aliceann

    aliceann New Member

    Hi Maria,
    I have never been on neurontin but I am familiar with supplements. I treat the whole schmear with supplements. One of your other responders mentioned magnesium. I couldn't get by without it. It does so many nice things to your body. Keeps my heart from skipping...takes the cramps out of my legs...keeps the inner works moving along...etc. etc. Nice stuff!
    Aliceann
  7. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    If you decide to deep-six the Neurontin, you can try the natural and much cheaper version, available at health food stores, called GABA. It is the major calming neurotransmitter in the nervous system, and FS patients have been proven to be deficient in it. It makes you calmer with no side-effects and a price tag of about $11/mo.
    It will not help with pain. The thing that helps me the most with pain is Xanax because it eases the muscle contractions, but docs who won't give narcotics often won't give xanax either. Maybe you need a new doctor?
    Klutzo
  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    In our library by Dr. Paul Cheney on Klonopin. Whether or not y'all want to take either Neurontin or Klonopin, the article does an excellent job of describing how our illnesses affect the firing of the neurons in our brains which causes sleep problems, anxiety, sensory overload, and muscle spasms like RLS.

    Love, Mikie