Gabapentin (Neurontin)

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by Jeff M., Jan 17, 2014.

    1. Zwraven

      Zwraven Member

      Location:
      Columbus, OH
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Viral Auditory Nerve Damage
      I personally had no problems coming off gabapentin, but we are all different.
       
    2. Philip

      Philip Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sinus infection or noise exposure or both
      All depends on your doses and length of use.

      I would never use it daily or for months on end. The side effects mess with my gym commitment. It causes stiffness and swelling in the joints. Not good.

      The worst withdrawals I've ever had were from phenibut. Gabapentin is just a few days of discomfort compared.

      I never used benzos long enough for terrible seizure type withdrawals.

      I just felt horrendously anxious and my T was way worse than usual when I stopped.

      Gabapentin is like benzo-lit. It in the same class as phenibut and GHB but it offers minimal recreational potential which us why is very easy to obtain.

      Like OTC in the country I live.
       
    3. ChrisJ

      ChrisJ Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      PT since 1988. T with H since June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I came off Lyrica, I felt bad for about a week with headaches and low appetite. I found it hard to sleep but eventually I was okay. It gave me a nice 'high' while I was on it but it didn't work as well as the clonazepam. It didn't reduce my T or H, it just made me feel high similar to a pain killer the way it masks a pain without actually removing it.
       
    4. free spirit

      free spirit Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      aftermath of shingles attack
      Since having a 5 month break from taking Gabapentin I began to take it again for my trapped nerve. Within a day I noticed that my Tinnitus has completely disappeared. I contracted the condition after a bout of Shingles 6 years ago and I am now heartily relieved to be Tinnitus free.
       
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    5. undecided
      Breezy

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      That's great to hear.
      Gabapentin is not an "cure everybody" drug but it has shown some good results for some people, probably related to some other condition they might have.
      I took it for some time and while it didn't reduce the volume of my T, it used to make me feel better, it didn't bother me as much... Then I read some studies that the drug might be linked to liver cancer so I stopped using it.
       
    6. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      @free spirit - in the previous 5 months it hadn't reduced your tinnitus correct?
      Also who prescribes this the GP or an ENT?

      Thanks
       
    7. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I have 2 questions.

      1. For the people who took it and it helped, how many days did it take to start working and what dosage you were on?

      2. Did any of you have benzo-related or anti-depressant related caused tinnitus in which neurontin helped?
       
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    8. Riderz43

      Riderz43 Member

      Location:
      Intermountain West USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gabapentin?
      My T started after I took low doses of gabapentin for less than a week for a foot problem. The drug made me dizzy, a known side effect, so I stopped it. Two days later my T started. It has been three months now of constant T which only goes away when I drug myself to sleep. So be careful with gabapentin.
       
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    9. Cal18
      Nerdy

      Cal18 Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      San Diego
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2010 / 2016 Both SSRI Withdrawal and Mild Hearing Loss
      @Riderz43 What dosage of gabapentin were you taking?
       
    10. Carlos1

      Carlos1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Root Canal
      I've been on Gabapetin for 2 years and .25mg of clonozepam and its giving me some relief
      tough to say how drugs will effect person to person some say it helps some swear it caused it who knows.
      I know one thing T sux
       
    11. garywi

      garywi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I was taking Gabapentin for 2 years at 300mg for sleep and RLS. I stopped for a med break. During Gabapentin, I noticed my ears would ring very occasionally but never at night and never for long periods of time. Three months after I stopped, I have full time ringing in my left ear. I don't know if related to gabapentin, but I want to start taking it again for sleep but I am afraid now.
       
    12. Riderz43

      Riderz43 Member

      Location:
      Intermountain West USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gabapentin?
      100 mg. 1x a day at night after eating. Sorry for the delayed response.
       
    13. Cal18
      Nerdy

      Cal18 Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      San Diego
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2010 / 2016 Both SSRI Withdrawal and Mild Hearing Loss
      @Riderz43 At one point, I felt like I was getting better but now I don't think so. I think I'm going to taper off of it. I'm on the same dose. I figured you would have been on something higher - I'm on the same 100mg. I don't think I'm dizzy from it but my vision is a little blurred. I'm not linking this. I hope it calms down for you.
       
    14. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Can you show me the studies linking it to liver cancer?
       
    15. Ryan O

      Ryan O Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      I take 2mg of klonopin per day, which lowers my T by about 30%. My doctor added 600mg gabapentin, taken once daily at night, three days ago to see if it would help. Incredibly, my T is now virtually gone. I've had T for over year since it emerged during a nasty head cold and never went away.

      No major side effects at this point to report from the gabapentin other than improved sleep and slight dizziness in the morning, the latter of which goes away after a cup of coffee.

      No idea where this is going and if the gabapentin will continue to work long-term. If it does, I'd love to taper off the klonopin -- even if I may need to increase the dose of gabapentin to make up for it..

      The klonopin makes it clear GABA has some impact on my T. Gabapentin's mechanism of action also includes raising GABA, although, I understand the GABA it creates doesn't really bind well with GABA receptors in the brain.

      But gabapentin is also a significant calcium channel blocker. It's possible the calcium channel blocking aspects of the drug could be the main mechanism of action for the minority of T suffers it helps. Calcium is an excitatory element within the brain and inner ear, and plays a significant role in auditory transmission/perception.

      This is all speculatory, of course. Gabapentin is a weird drug that works for some people and not others with a variety of ailments. And no one really knows why it works when it does work.

      As a side note, I've also tried Lyrica in the past -- gabapentin's improved next-generation iteration, which also includes calcium channel-blocking attributes, but it had no effect on my T.
       
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    16. RaZaH
      Cheeky

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      For how long has it been g0ne, I have learned that with the intameable T beast anything within a few days can just be random.
       
    17. Ryan O

      Ryan O Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Three days. So yes it can be random. But it had been present for 24-7, every day, all day, up until I started the gabapentin. Day 1 was about a 50% reduction from the 2mg klonopin baseline. Day 3 was virtual absence.
       
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    18. RaZaH
      Cheeky

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      Cool, please keep us posted :)
       
    19. Scared111

      Scared111 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      is your t still gone with the gabapentin and klonopin?
       
    20. Ubiquiste

      Ubiquiste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I tried a combination of clonazepam (1mg at bedtime), flunarizine (10 mg at bedtime), betahistine (24 mg x 2) and neurontin (300 mg in the morning), magnesium and vitamin B6. It had worked and alleviated my tinnitus before a new accident.
       
    21. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      What was (were) the useful compound(s) in that cocktail?
       
    22. Ubiquiste

      Ubiquiste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Klonopin, Sibelium, Betaserc together at beginning. Neurontin then increased the effect of the initial combination.
       
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    23. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Which one is the Sibelium in that list?
       
    24. Ubiquiste

      Ubiquiste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
    25. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
    26. ABakos
      Wishful

      ABakos Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ? neck injury/unknown
      @Ryan O
      I have been following your posts in this thread, are you still T free?
       
    27. Ubiquiste

      Ubiquiste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
    28. flobo

      flobo Member

      Location:
      Calais, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      25-30 minutes of first ever concert
      An ENT i saw last week has me try gabapentin (200 mg / day).

      There seems to be a very slight improvement of my T with it, but I'm having some weird side effects (joint pain).

      I've tried to stop twice now but if I miss a dose, the joint pain seems to get worse.
      I'll try to go down to 100 mg for a few days and see what happens (it could still be completely random).
       
    29. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      I would keep on it for a few weeks to see if the side effects reduce. Otherwise you could try Lyrica - Its the newer version of Gabapentin.
       
    30. flobo

      flobo Member

      Location:
      Calais, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      25-30 minutes of first ever concert
      Thanks Paulie, i could try that. The pain is not unbearable or anything. I'm just a bit scared for long term use that it could get worse.
       

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