Chocoholic , what did your doctor or pharmacist say about taking it?
There are so many factors to consider when taking a medication. I would imagine that medications will hit people of different sizes and weights (and even different ages) differently. It might also depend on whether the meds are taken with or without food.
You’re wise to want to be sure about this drug before you decide to head out on a road trip!
“When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” - Japanese saying
I take 1200mg daily for pain. The neuropathy from the chemo had my right pain so painful. It would radiate up my arm and almost have me in tears. I take 300mg twice a day and 600mg at bedtime. I have a urostomy so just worry about what it may do to my kidneys. But the neuropathy is supposed to be gone in a year or so hopefully! So I just hydrate a lot! Never groogy but I fall asleep better than ever when I wake up during the night.
As you may know gabapentin is for nerve pain but is not a narcotic/opioid/painkiller. It can cause some drowsiness though which is why many people take it at night. The dosing can very greatly from 100-200 mg per day to as much as 3000 mg per day. It is all dependent of the type of nerve pain you have and of course how much.
Any medication is a chemical and when you take it there is a chemical reaction. Some people are more sensitive to medications that others.
Your pharmacist or doctor can answer more specific questions for you and any concerns/warnings for you taking this medication at your specific dose.
How do you feel taking it? Does it make you drowsy or impaired in any way?
I've had a chance to take the Gabapentin, and I would say it makes me not really drowsy, but rather dopey, and stupid. In the daytime I end up making poor decisions, that I would regret later. It does take the edge off the pain, but the bulk of it is still there. One night it may help me find sleep, but the next night I'm dopey, in pain, and awake. I don't know if I have to take it for a while for it to be effective. Sounds like it works for some people, but I don't think I can handle being a dopey, bad decision-maker, that's still feeling pain! I wish I had the good results that other people have.