Re: Neurontin

From: Robin (
Tue Jan 29 08:17:30 2002

The thing about Neurontin is that you have to go on it slowly. They will keep uping the amount until it helps you. And, of course, when you come off of it, you have to do it slowly. This med also has a few scary side effects. Look into this medication before agreeing to take it, that way you will be informed about it first, before you start taking it. We usually just take any med the Dr gives us, then some times we wonder what it is & check it out. But you have an advantage, you can check it out before you spend the money & before you start taking it. It never helped me and I was on a rather strong dose, but, everyone is different, it might help you. I just think it is better to be prepared. robin

At Mon, 28 Jan 2002, Mary-Ann Karaganis wrote: >
>Hey, Gang.
>Quick question about a new drug my gastro wants me to try: neurontin. He had me on Elavil and Klonopin, which I had to stop. (The Elavil depressed me to levels I didn't know were possible, and the Klonopin made me tired without relieving any of the pain.) I mentioned that I had contacted a Pain Management Clinic and he warned me of most clinics love of narcotics and the added problems that come with that. He really wants me to try this new med, first, and possibly a few other neuro-blockers before turning to the Pain Clinic.
>I'm confused, to be honest. I've been on various pain and anti-inflammatory meds for over 16 years. (I'm 32.) The past five years have been the worst, and I spent a good portion of my three boys' toddler years drugged out of my mind. I don't want to lose their school years, nor my daughter's toddler years. I've been able to get through the days (barely)using just Ibuprofen, but at night I'm still popping the percodan. I can only do that if another adult is in the house, though, as the drugs make me incomprehensible and if the kids wake up I can't help them. I'm separated from my husband, and he rarely helps out in this regard now. Luckily, I have a friend staying with me for a few days.
>My point is, I don't WANT to go on narcotics. They make me loopy and a little out of my mind. At the same time, I don't think the Neurontin will help, either. The doc says to give them a shot and see, but every time he does that it costs me $25/med. I can't keep buying these drugs only to throw them away after taking one or two because they don't help.
>Help. Has anyone tried this? Does it help with ADHESIONS? (I can't get it through my doctor's head that it's a different kind of pain than a cut or a ruptured appendix.) Any input is appreciated.

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