Neurontin Nausea?? Dizziness?? Vertigo??

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 9/7/2009 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have been on Neurontin for 8 weeks.   The first week was BAD.  But it slowly got better.  The problem was that as the side effects (nausea, dizziness, vertigo) went away so did the effectiveness.  The pain was gone when the side effects were at their worst and then when I felt like I wasn't on the Tilt-A-Whirl I had pain.  So I asked my rheumy to up the dose (at this point I was stupid enough to think that once the side effects were gone they were gone).  So she upped the dose and again- same as above, only I haven't gotten past the side effects.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  Any opinions on what to do?  I am desperate, because I usually build up a tolerance fast to any med (except the Vicodin that I am on for pain- it has actually never let me down even once over the past 4 months.  Probably because I follow the dosage to the tee and never use it sooner or more or take advatnage of it.  It is my Holy Grail and I am very happy to have it around responsibly) and I don't want this to happen every time or at least I would love to have some kind of arsenal to keep myself on the living list instead of the living dead which is how I sometimes feel.  Any opinions?  I could use em!!!
Dx'd with Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, TMJ & Migraines
Meds & Supplements are Vicodin (as needed), Neurontin (300mgs 2/day), Cymbalta (60/day), Atenelol (50 mg/day) Biotin (5,000mcgs/day) & Yasmin (continuously).  Oh and a LOVELY retainer for the TMJ! 

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 9/8/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Trish - I don't have any advice - but I couldn't tolerate the Neurontin either - made me feel worse rather than better in the fatigue department, and didn't do much for pain.  I had nightmares and depression on it - both disappeared when I quit taking it.  I only took it for a month.  It just didn't improve my quality of life.
Have you tried anything like massage therapy or acupuncture for your pain....physical therapy?  Just a thought.  Hope others will be along with more Neurontin advice....Good luck!
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; UCTD & osteoporosis 2007; celiac 2009
meds: Plaquenil 400 mg, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn and lots of vitamins

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/9/2009 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my name is Myra, I've had Lupus for 20 yrs. I'm on Neurontin for a circulation problem. what are you taking this drug for?

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   Posted 9/9/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only tollerate a low dose of neurontin - more than 200-300mg per day does weird things to me. I wasn't sure how much it was helping me so my doc said I could try going off of it, but I did have an increase in pain when I stopped, so I still take a low dose.
dx: UCTD (lupus), sjogrens, reynauds,
meds: prednisone, plaquenil, methotrexate, tramadol, neurontin,
doxepin, folic acid   

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/12/2009 4:14 AM (GMT -6)   
the atenelol is bad for circulation.I had to get off of it and now I take nefedipine which is good for high blood pressure and circulation.
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