How long does gabapentin take to work

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Been given gabapentin a week ago any idea how long it takes to work thanks 

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    Karen, it took me about three weeks to feel the full effects of the nerve blocker. I took for about six months for sciatica nerve pain associated with a nerve that is being compressed between L-3-4 vertebrae. I experienced great releif at first until I was able to get a steriod injection that cleared up the inflamation that was causing some pain. Don't remember any serious side effects, would take it again for nerve pain blockage.   Will
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      Hi Wiliiam,

      I've just come down from orbit after a very painful experience with Sciatica.

      I have been through the usual list of pain killers.

      After the back pain subsided my left thigh developed a sensation exactly like sunburn! I have been prescribed Gabapentin and started on 300mg x3 a day.  I was told to increase it if nothing happened and am now on 900 x3 a day.  I am now 7 days into using it and the 3rd day of 900 x3 a day.  Still no effect on the burning sensation. 

      What dosage were you on?

      How did you reduce the dosage to come of it?

      I have read mostly negative reviews of the drug so yours stood out.

      I loook forward to hearing from you.

      Peter

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    Takes a few days, ive been on it on and off and had a TN flare up weeks and a half and im still in pain not as much but the dosage i was on wasnt enough i was still in pain so went back to my GP, he increased the dosage from 300mg 3 times a day to 400mg 4  times a day but can be still increased, but the doctor i saw today wanted me to stay on 400mg 4 times a day and 10mg of amytriptaline which i took initially years back and spent 20hours out of 24 asleep lol x
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    Well I wish they worked for me I have taken 183 tabs with 2 trams and paracetamol 4 x a day been awake in cronic pain again they don't help me at all
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    Its worth speaking to your Doctor to get them increased and see how you go, i take mine with Ibuprofen and paracetamol too, however i even being on these i had a flare up in the night that woke me up then it went again as quick as it started x I hope you get some relief soon its so hard being in pain all the time people do not realise how it effects you, your mood, your sleep, it makes you miserable and wares you down, Im waiting to see a Rheumatologist so will see from there all my joints are naff its only my knee and hips that are ok every thing else well id rather not go there x

     

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    Dependant on dose approximately 2 weeks. Keep in mind everyone has a different chemical make up. So it works for some quickly. If pain persists see yr GP. Good luck. I know all you can think of is pain...
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    Hi Karen. I was prescribed Gabapentin 2 months ago and I'm still not feeling any pain relief. It all depends on how much you need. I started on 300mg once a day, up to 3 times a day. I need relief from having spinal fusion surgery. My doctor has advised me to slowly up to 600mg 3 times a day. A total of 1800mg daily. Going to see if this helps. 

    It it seemed a huge amount to take until I started reading people's stories on here. Feel less worried now.

    Good luck.

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