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    I am taking gabapentin and know there are other peeps on here who also take it. What I want to know is how many peeps take it and how it helps them. I think this would be interesting to find out and useful to have the info in one place.

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    Hi space, I take gabapentin daily but for spinal injury.....So I take quite a high dosage 8 x 400 mg per day lol so I don't think anoyone will beat me on that dosage. It use to make me a bit spaced out when the GP switched from trammadol but I think my body use to it now. But it def increases my appetite which is one of the biggest side effects from gabapentin so if u r on a diet or trying to loose weight stay away from the gabapentin lol. It does also have seratonin releasing qualities so it is said to work as an anti depressant but gps in this country very rarely prescribe it for that. X

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    I have been prescribed it for pain, but I have presviously taken it for depression, thats what I am asking about here because I know others take it for that reason, my other question is does anyone take it for/ or find it helpful with their drinking problem, I know there have been studies done on this so am just wanting to know what MWOters think.

    I have noticed the increase in appetite as well, thats a bit scarey so I am trying to find a way to be eating good healthy stuff so at least I wont feel bed form eating too much crap.

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    I am also very interested to hear of the experience of others with gabapentin, particularly from anyone who has taken it daily for a prolonged period (e.g. a month or more). The reason I say that is because there are anecdotal reports of it having a large tolerance issue when used daily for depression and/or anxiety. I don't know if this tolerance also applies to any anti-craving effects it may have.

    Personally, I have experienced some relief of depression and anxiety using moderate doses (e.g. 400-600 mg) but I have not yet taken it on a daily basis for long periods. I did take the very closely related drug pregabalin (Lyrica) for a week and experienced an unusually rapid tolerance issue with it, such that I experienced little effect from about 300 mg/day after starting at only 75 mg/day. I was not drinking or taking other drugs at the time either.

    I remember a few members here using gabapentin during previous discussions, so hopefully they will add their experiences.

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    I googled it and first stepped on our own Bruun's tail

    http://www.mywayout.org/community/f2...use-51066.html

    Also found:

    Gabapentin reduces alcohol consumption and craving

    Gabapentin reduces alcohol consumption and... [J Clin Psychiatry. 2007] - PubMed - NCBI

    Gabapentin Improves Outcome in Alcoholism

    Brain Posts: Gabapentin Improves Outcome in Alcoholism

    Gabapentin is used to treat withdrawals

    PsychiatryOnline | American Journal of Psychiatry | Gabapentin Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal

    And finally a study that combines Gabapentin and nal:


    Gabapentin combined with naltrexone for the ... [Am J Psychiatry. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI

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    Space, I have every intention of writing a serious, well thought out post here, but had to post this first. I was doing dome research about gabapentin tolerance and the possibility of using Lyrica instead and found this hilarious video. I am NOT suggesting this dude knows what he's talking about. But about 40 seconds before the video ends, I think it shows him boxing someone while naked. He gets points for that.

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    Be back later to talk about my gabapentin experience.

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    Hi Windy unfortunatley I couldnt get your link.

    I posted on my own thread but I will put it here as well, in fact I will copy it so apologise to anyone who has already read this

    On the gabapantin front, I have been wondering more (I seem to do a lot of wondering). When it is prescribed for pain (which is what its generally for) it is said the effects build up over time, I have read that it needs to be taken regularly, 3 times a day for a while for full effectiveness. Maybe the antidepressant effect is just a nice side effect that wears off like most se's do and not tolerance at all. As I intend to be taking it as prescribed for pain anyway I will be able to tell you more in future.

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    OK I found him I just went on you tube a searched Lyrica. I like the way he says "You can trust me Im and expert" yeh course we will.

    This is another problem with gabapentin, the fact that it is being used as a fun drug doesnt really bode too well for us getting prescribed it for the future.

    Is the tolerance only regarding the fun drug aspect of using it not the medical use for it. Hmmmmm???
    Im asuming it is because a lot of peeps have been using it effectively for pain for years and well they would either have to now be taking massive doses or it wouldnt work for them if that was the case.

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    My gabapentin experience in a nutshell:

    I was first prescribed gabapentin 10-12 years ago. I did find it helped with depression and anxiety. I believe I was taking 600 mg once or twice a day depending on my mood. Lost insurance, discontinued use.
    Started taking it again 2 or 3 years ago and have been taking it ever since. The majority of that time I was taking one 800 mg pill at the beginning of the day. Maybe 8 months ago, I began dividing the pill, taking 400 mg upon waking and another 400 mg a few hours later. In the last 3 months, I've been taking a total of 1200 mg daily, now divided into 3 doses. Roughly at 11am, 3pm, and 9pm. This has by far produced the most noticable results. An elevated mood (but no mania, which one 800 mg can lead to) and lessened anxiety. I can actually feel if I've forgotten to take my last dose. I get irritable and, for lack of a better word, sad.

    In the last 2 weeks, I've been struggling more with my depression. That's exactly when all this talk of gabapentin tolerance started around here, and it alarmed me. However, there are several factors at play. My depression could be situational. There are several aspects of my life with which I'm very unhappy right now. It could be "the pink cloud" of new sobriety wearing off. It could be PAWS. It could be that enough time has passed since I've been extremely depressed that my frame of reference is skewed; I've forgotten how devastating major depression is, and I'm mistaking a simple bad mood for something worse.
    So I'm very interested in what others have to say about this tolerance thing. I plan on asking my dad, as he's been taking it for depression for years now. BUT he did steadily increase his dose until he reached a pretty high daily amount (2400mg). Is that tolerance? Maybe not, since he's been stable on that dose for a while now.
    Anyhow, yes, anyone else who's taking it or has taken it, please chime in. And I'll let you know what dad says.

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    windycitylady;1309857 wrote: In the last 2 weeks, I've been struggling more with my depression. That's exactly when all this talk of gabapentin tolerance started around here, and it alarmed me. However, there are several factors at play. My depression could be situational. There are several aspects of my life with which I'm very unhappy right now. It could be "the pink cloud" of new sobriety wearing off. It could be PAWS.
    You have been through a whirlwind of challenges and changes, Windy. I'm amazed at how much you've been dealing with. I'd have likely cracked under the pressures you've been sailing through. I hope your blues blow away soon. :l

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