GABITRIL Reviews

Average Rating: 2.7 (85 Ratings)

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 2  Chronic Tension Headache >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I experienced the same horrible seizure episode as the other poster. Ended up in the ER unable to speak, psychotic, thinking I was going to die. They had to sedate me unconscious for 4 hours until I finally came out of it and luckily landed on my feet. $2300 hospital bill. BUT GUESS WHAT AFTER 4 WEEKS AND 20MG AT NIGHT MY HEADACHE PRETTY MUCH DISAPPEARED SO I'M GIVING IT A "2". My girlfriend flushed the pills down the drain. And 3 days after leaving the hospital I got major depression. Am still recovering. Medications that used to make me happy, now make me sad. Sucks big time. A very bad experience. M 1 months
4/21/2006
 5  To augment Paxil for OCD No side effects. Has been great in augmenting the Paxil. If it worked as good for others as it has for me - there would be no need for benzodiazepines. Am taking 6 mg. in morning. M 57 12 months
2/13/2006
 5  Restless leg syndrome/poor sleep None that I was acutely aware of. I can't say that I had any noticeable problems with this drug. My Dr. gave it to me for restless leg syndrome; I toss and turn all night no matter how tired I am, and have difficulty falling asleep. I told him that when I take a Benadryl or two it seems to help. He said taking Benadryl will help me FALL asleep, but Gabitril will help me STAY asleep. At the beginning, I slept like a baby!!!!! He started me on 2 mg (saying it was still okay to take the Benadryl), which worked like a miracle for awhile, but then seemed to loose effect. We upped it to 4 mg, and the same thing happened, so I decided to quit. Well, after being off it totally for 6 weeks, I'm going to ask to take it again, 'cause I'm back to tossing and turning!!!!! I think it was helping more than I thought it was.I also quit taking the Benadryl during that time, so that may be part of what I noticed. I am taking a few anticonvulsants (hx: of grand-mal seizures; under control), and a 100mg of Neurontin at night for mild peri F 49
2/10/2006
 5  Restless leg syndrome/poor sleep None that I was acutely aware of. I can't say that I had any noticeable problems with this drug. My Dr. gave it to me for restless leg syndrome; I toss and turn all night no matter how tired I am, and have difficulty falling asleep. I told him that when I take a Benadryl or two it seems to help. He said taking Benadryl will help me FALL asleep, but Gabitril will help me STAY asleep. At the beginning, I slept like a baby!!!!! He started me on 2 mg (saying it was still okay to take the Benadryl), which worked like a miracle for awhile, but then seemed to loose effect. We upped it to 4 mg, and the same thing happened, so I decided to quit. Well, after being off it totally for 6 weeks, I'm going to ask to take it again, 'cause I'm back to tossing and turning!!!!! I think it was helping more than I thought it was.I also quit taking the Benadryl during that time, so that may be part of what I noticed. I am taking a few anticonvulsants (hx: of grand-mal seizures; under control), and a 100mg of Neurontin at night for mild peri F 49
2/10/2006
 4  sleep disorder/narcolepsy if i don't sleep for long enough, confusion, incooridiation, and sleepiness for about an hour or so in the morning. also each time i have increased my dose (started at 4, gone up to 6, now at 8) i have had slight jerking twitches while laying in bed. I take 8 mg at bedtime along with lunesta. Pretty good drug but I am afraid that those twitches are going to get worse as I work up to my full dosage. F 21 6 days
12/10/2005
 5  sleeping problems/parkinsonsymptoms Briefly tired the first few weeks...also loss of short term memory, however that was a complaint before I began taking the drug THIS DRUG HAS CHANGED MY LIFE>>> I sleep better! Frequent urination has stopped. Tremors have stopped. Muscle spacticity has stopped. Balance has improved. Mood has become stable and consistant. Stuttering has stopped. I briefly stopped the drug to see what would happen. I WAS MISERABLE. I will stay on this forever! F 33 10 months
11/3/2005
 1  Severe anxiety Speech problems,confusion, memory problems, weakness in legs WORST ANXIETY EVER!! Been on lots of meds -this was HORRIBLE. Had two seizure episodes, became psychotic and rushed to ER. Couldn't speak, only scream and grunt - thank god for Benadryl -one shot and I came out of the seizure. Dr. took me off Gabitril and I improved slowly. Speech took 3 wks to improve. 6 months later & I'm ok. Doc told me he had one other reaction almost as severe as mine and no one in his practice (psych) had any success with this med. M 24 6 weeks
11/3/2005
 3  nerve pain in leg terriable dizzieness, lethargic, sleeplessness, confussion, afraid to drive,cannot concentrate,Iriatable, moody, I have only taken gabitril for 6 weeks at 16mg./per day. It has helped the pain in my leg a little since a spinal fussion of L5 disc. The side effect are terriable but the Dr. wants to double my dose to 32mg. I was on Neurontin 1500mg./ day with no relief. Neurontin side effects are similar to these. I dont know if I can tolerate the upped dose but I am going to try. M 47 6 weeks
9/9/2005
 4  stop side effects of opiate w/d Like most others, very sleepy & lethargic on dose of 2 mgs twice daily for pain and I'm surprised to see that no one else has taken this drug for the reason for which I took it (or maybe some won't admit to it). Anyway, when I needed to get off of my prescribed opiates, this was used with neurontin 100 mg for 3 times a day X 2 weeks and clonidine hcl 0.1 mg 3 times a day for one week. Ask your physician -- this helps, but does knock you face down in the dirt for a week or two. F 34 2 weeks
6/23/2005
 2  insomnia I slept for 5 and one half hrs but felt really bad all the next day. Confused, blank, depressed (horribly). Zombie. It's not for me. F 54 1 days
6/16/2005
 1  Severe Anxiety Oh boy---Now I had soooo many side effects on these pills, I have no idea where to begin. Slurred speach, did not rememeber where I was, what time it was, what day it was, what I did yesterday...complete lack of concentration, acted as though I was belligerantly drunk! Although I was taking a low dose,I consider myself to be able to handle large doses of medicine. I have been on a plethora of meds since I was about fifteen. But this drug knocked me off my feet and into outer space. I was taking 4mg TWICE daily and my doctor was in utter shock when I told him I can not go on like this. He actually thought I should up the dosage because he thought I sounded too anxious. All of my family and friends said that I sounded like I was on drugs or like I was about to fall asleep. Some suspected that I was ODing on sleeping aids during the day. Not a person that I came in contact with did not express their concern with my behavior. IT WAS AWFUL so I stopped pretty much F 26 4 weeks
5/17/2005
 1  Back pain lost consciousness, convulsions, hallucinations After taking this medicine for the first time, I went into convulsions and a coma state and was rushed to the ER and stayed in the hospital for 4 days. The drs thought I had a mini stroke or needed a pacemaker, but then determined it was all a drug reaction. I would have died if my husband had not been home. F 53 1 days
4/13/2005
 1  ulnar nerve neuropathy Horrible side effects after two weeks. Could only sleep for four hour and woke up going 100 miles an hour. My neuropathy got much worse! Muscle tightness and shooting pain down my right arm. After trying and failing to contact my doctor about side effects, I stopped taking Gabiltril and my condition improved. Soon afterward my doctor called and ask me to double the dosage! Medical community needs more info before giving this pill. M 46 2 weeks
4/5/2005
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 5  Panic disorder derealization As an add-on to Xanax XR and Lexapro, this brought panic attacks to a standstill! No real side effects to speak of, except for the occasional upset stomach if not taken with food and some minor episodes of feeling M 31 1 years
4/2/2005
 1  Anxiety Confusion, nervousness, unable to concentrate, dry mouth. I would not try this drug again. I would rather be anxious, alive, and employed than scared, confused, and stupid. M 52 30 days
2/25/2005
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 4  Pinched sciatic, 2 ruptured disks I felt mild sedation and a dry mouth. I was on a massive dose of Gabba Penten (Neurotin) it helped at first then it just gave up. My first day taking it, I felt relief almost immediately. I still need to see the neurosurgen for surgery. I am certainly glad that I am taking this med. My twisted back nerve was sending signals down my leg and I had continual muscle spasms. F 39 7 days
2/17/2005
 3  sleep don't sleep any better but this medication stopped my 20 year IBS dead in its tracks..would not give it up for anything F 66 4 months
12/30/2004
 5  Sleep Disorder / Bipolar I figured out that I got a headache in the evening if I did not take my gabitril on time. Now I set an alarm to take it in time every evening. I also notice an annoying side effect if I have to get up earlier than I usually do. I get I have been taking seroquel at night for years to sleep & felt I was sleeping ok. I did a sleep study a couple of years ago & they found I have an abnormal sleep cycle. I would go to sleep, just start into REM & then rouse myself. After my M.H.N.P. suggested adding gabitril to see if I got a better night's sleep, I was amazed. Like I said, I thought I had been getting a good night's sleep on just seroquel, but I was still always tired in the day. With Gabitril, I wake up & feel great because my body is getting what it needs...real sleep! Oh & for all of you who complain about abnormal dreams: Yes, I have wierd dreams with Gabitril, but it is because I am SLEEPING! I finally hit my REM sleep. My husband who takes no meds & sleeps like a baby had wierd dreams too. It means you are sleeping normally. F 32 9 months
12/27/2004
 4  Panic attacks and anxiety dizziness, weard dreams at night and during the day, inability to drive, confusion, inability to concentrate I had to cut back to 12 milligrams from 14 milligrams because of these side effects. I feel much better now and it does help with my panic attacks. F 39 6 weeks
12/9/2004
 1  bi polar disorder I took to my bed for the entire 3 1/2 weeks of taking this. I have three small children and this was unacceptable. I got severe pain in all areas that made contact with my once soft bed. Good friends said that I had conversations with them about nonsensical things and that I talked so slowly they thought I was high. If you take this drug, please be very careful. Make sure that someone else is aware of the serious side effects and is available to help you in case you get them. I still after 5 weeks off the drug have trouble saying what I want, and have a horrible time sleeping. It also brought on a huge manic episode after dialing down the dose. I am lucky that I have good friends to tell me when I really need to get off a med. F 30 3 days
12/1/2004
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