Gabapentin and weight gain?

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   Posted 5/8/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin Hi everyone! Hope all of yall are having a low pain day. I have a question I'm sure someone(ones) can help me. I'm taking Gabapentin 2400 mg/day, Savella 100 mg/day, antidepressant, thyroid med and Simvastin (40 mg cholestrol) and at bedtime 150 mg. Is it possible to gain weight without eating more? I really need to know. I have gained about 10 lbs. in about a month. Thanks, Donna turn ( My pain has decreased sooo much! )

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   Posted 5/8/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Gapapentin (Neurontin) is known to cause increased hunger and weight gain. I would definitely mention the weight gain to your doctor.


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   Posted 5/9/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna,
It's sure making me a big fatso! I started taking it almost two months ago and I've gained so much weight it's scarry! I'm taking 100mg three times a day which isn't much compared to you but I'm getting worried about all these extra pounds (probably 20~30lbs!) I've gained already!!!
The worst part is I don't notice any big difference in my pain levels. This is complicated by the fact that my new doc has cut my oxicodone in half in the same two months so I don't know if the pain is from that or from the neuontin not working or even from the weight gain??? I hope she knows what she's doing!!!!
Thanks for posting this, it's been worrying me for a while now!!!

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   Posted 5/9/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never taken it myself, but I have several friends who have and they had weight gain too. Most of them had to come off of it to keep the pounds at bay. Some have never returned to their previous weight.

All my best to you with this. Weight is one of my struggles and I yearn for the days of slender and energetic youth. I guess I can just live vicariously through my thin and precious daughter. One day, I'm afraid, she will be like her mother and have to face the fact that bodies change as we age.......Oh, the lessons of life.
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   Posted 5/9/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
wink Hi Pete and Retiredmom! Thanks for posting-I really appreciate it! My new dr. at first had me on Gabapenin 300 mg/3xdaily. Last time I sw him and he asked about my arms and legs hurting. I explained to him I was having pain after 6 hrs. That is when he put me on 600 mg/4xdaily. The thing is the only place I've gained is all in the stomach area and my stomach is not soft but very HARD. I also can't suck in my stomach either. My pain level has gone down SOOO much. Is there ant drug (besides Neurotin) that will help. I had spinal cord surgery Jan. 2009. As a result I have RSD. Any posts will be welcome. Thanks, Donna redface

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   Posted 5/10/2010 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
If you dont want to gain weight then you need to ask your dr for something else . always read side effects before picking up meds.

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