I take 1200mg gabapentin each night before bed. I started taking it in February, and felt the positive effects after about
a week. The initial "first wave" assault on the pain was like magic, 900mg for about
two-three weeks. Sleeping ten-twelve hours a night was heaven. (I also took flexeril with it from the outset). Then the effect began to plateau, and we added one more pill (300mg) of gabapentin. It makes me have dry mouth, at night about
an hour after I take it and in the morning for a couple of hours. It helps, in combination with the other stuff. I have fewer muscle spasms, and less frequent "down and can't get up" days.
I have two negatives. First, I have started to notice that I am getting nausea once or twice each day when it's time to eat. It has only begun recently. On Friday eating dinner with family I could hardly get anything down, except liquids and a bit of fruit, until later. I mentioned this to my sister who has fibro and she said that is why she had to get off gabapentin, for Lyrica. (She has insurance.) Second, and a much smaller point, I have an acute sense of smell - even before the fibro, and the fibro only sharpened it - and the gelcap covers smell/taste kind of funky! I don't have health insurance so I can't afford Lyrica, which would be my next med to try if/when these meds plateau. I have a friend who takes 2400mg, but she has had fibro for over 15 years.
Post Edited (Littleneck) : 8/3/2009 1:59:48 AM (GMT-6)