Neurontin (Gabapentin)-Anyone Using/Used for Anxiety? Also, no appetite, yawning, weird feelings

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   Posted 2/6/2014 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
As y'all know, I'm being switched to effexor right now. When i go back to the NP on the 24th, she said that she would probably put me on gabapentin for my anxiety, but she wanted to wait and see how the effexor was doing me first. I've read about the gabapentin and it seems like folks are getting a lot of good results with it for their anxiety, which sounds good to me, as I am still feeling a sense of uneasiness through the day. It's weird, but I also feel like I need to yawn deeply too, from within my chest...not just one of those "I'm tired" yawns.
As to the effexor, I hate it that I have to eat something before taking it! I haven't been having any appetite and all I can mainly manage to eat is a can of soup with crackers in the evening and then I eat some fudge cicles. I don't even have to take my adipex to control my appetite!

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   Posted 2/6/2014 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   

I am sorry about the issues surrounding your switch in Rx's. From what I understand, the start up period can be rough.

Hang in there...hopefully it will be a quick adustment, and you will end up with great results.:)

The yawning may be due to improper breathing/hyperventilation. How have you been doing with your breathing exercises? If you have not been doing them regularly, now may be the time to pick up on them again.

Wishing you the best, and sending positive thoughts and prayers!


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   Posted 2/6/2014 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   

I was on Pregabalin for my anxiety which is in the same class of drugs as Gabapentin which is an anti convulsant. It did work well for anxiety and I know a few others have had success with it but we are all different and what works well for one person might not work for an other. I agree with your doctor regarding waiting to see how the Effexor helps.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 2/6/2014 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Janet I have no experience with these drugs but I will Pray for
you, Peace,

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   Posted 2/6/2014 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I can share my experience with Neurontin, but it was not favourable for me in particular.

I was put on it for nerve damage and pain management. At first it got me extremely zonked and a little loopy. Slept like a log on it, though! And, initially it was exceptional pain relief and the drowsy, zombie-like quality wore off.

But my body didn't like it after just 2 weeks. I developed sleep apnea and my face and throat was swelling.

On the CP forum we have lots of people on it who rave, so there's that! :)


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   Posted 2/6/2014 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I'm trying to hang in there. I've been feeling kind of uneasy on and off today and then a bit weepy a few times, but i just keep reminding myself that I have to give the effexor time to get into my system good before it will fully work! Patience is hard to have when all you want is to not be anxious!
Hugs to you all!
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