Anyone else have extreme sensitivity to medicine?

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I have other issues going on - lucky me - that require me to take nerve medicine. Well the medicines #1 side effect is dizziness and loss of coordination.

I'm already dizzy and have trouble walking! Plus the issue I'm having is making me dizzy. And now the medicine they're giving me (Gabapentin) is going to make me dizzy.

When can we catch a break, like seriously!! I'm so sick of being dizzy!! I can't take medicine for anxiety because it makes me dizzy. I can't take my medicine for my nerve issues because it makes me dizzy. What are people like us supposed to do???

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    Be dizzy. Lol. I have the same problem. I get most side effects from meds. Cold meds especially. Can't even take cough syrup. It kills me. Antibiotics beat me up. Pain meds are bad to. Can't use them.

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    I took Gabapentin for several months and didn't experience any issues.  I am really sensitive to medication as well but, I know that we are all different in what we can and cannot tolerate.  If you are able to tolerate the gabapentin, if you look it up online, you will find that it has an off label use for generalized anxiety.  That is what I initially took it for once the vestibular issue began for me.  I was then prescribed it by an orthopedist for nerve issues in C3, C4 and C5.  

    What dosage are you taking?  I was at 300 mg per day but, that is a relatively small dose.  Some people are prescribed 1600mg or more.

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      It's 100 mg and my neuro said I could take up to 3 times a day. So I would be at 300, too. Is that considered low for gabapentin then? When I think of medicinal hundreds in milligram form I automatically think of strong dose so that always deters me too.

      I read online that it was used for anxiety as well so I was hoping it might help with that. I have an occipital nerve on the back of my head that keeps becoming inflamed causing headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. Plus, I have intermittent numbness in forearms and shins which I'm currently going to specialists to figure out why. I'm assuming a type of neuropathy but can't seem to figure out why the neuropathy is happening.

      Thank you for your reply you've helped me feel better. I think I'm going to try it. 

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      300mg is really low.  You may want to start off slow and see how 100mg or 200mg makes you feel.  Some children are prescribed 1600mg for the off label GAD use.  I took my 300mg all at once and I took it at night.
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      I was originally given it for anxiety that was enhanced by the vestibular neuritis. I was prescribed 100mg for the V/N anxiety. I told the doctor that I didn't want anything that would affect compensation or that would make my symptoms worse.  Several months later, after suffering chronic neck pain, I saw an orthopedist that increased it to 300 mg per day.  As I said, the use for anxiety is off label.

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    Hello Hayhue,

    I was never sensitive taking any kind of medication before. Now Any kind if medication I am given triggers dizziness, spinning or off balance. So I have chosen not to take anything unless I really have to.

    So to feel somewhat normal I just to the exercises my therapist gave me.

    Hope you feel better.

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      Its for horizontal Canal- bppv

      Vestibular Neuronitis

      Cervicogrnic dizziness

      1.move card left & right while tracking motion with eyes only; keep head still

      Repeat up & down. (30sec.)

      2.keep card still while turning head left&right

      Repeat up & down

      3.move head & card simultaneously in opposite directions in horizontal plane.

      4.move card to one side, then towards it. Move card horizontally to opposite side while keeping head stationary & tracking E with your eyes. Turn head to face card.

      The card they are mentioning you can put any letter on it.

      To start they are only 30 sec. Two times a day.

      I have been doing these and they have helped a great day.

      Hopes that helps. 😃

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