Gabapentin belongs to the anticonvulsants class of drugs. It is used to treat conditions like seizures, postherpetic neuralgia, restless leg syndrome, and hot flashes. Gabapentin is also used in psychological conditions like anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and treatment-resistant depression.
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I suffer from burning and cutting pain inside my penis whenever I masturbate. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I have been addicted to the habit of masturbation for 20 years. In the last two years, I used to masturbate daily. When masturbating, I felt something cut off the bundles inside my penis nerves and a lot of burning and pain inside the penis. Initially, I thought it might be a urinary trac... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may have sustained some nerve and blood vessel injury during masturbation. The problem with nerve injuries is that they do not heal completely. Another possibility is due to repeated masturbation. You could have developed a thickening of the tissues in the penis which... Read Full »
I have been prescribed Gabapentin for nerve pain and had odd side effects. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a type 1 diabetic female with hypertension, high cholesterol, and chronic kidney disease. I went to the ER for severe nerve pain and was prescribed Gabapentin 300 mg three times a day. I have been having some odd side effects. My hands and feet are very tingly and numb, my skin f... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Symptoms like dizziness, dry mouth, and tiredness mentioned by you can be seen with both Gabapentin and Fluoxetine used by you. A total of 900 mg daily is not very excessive in normal patients but can be excessive in your case if your kidney functioning is extremely ... Read Full »
After stopping Gabapentin, I have chills, vomiting, and anxiety. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking Celexa 10 mg for two years. Recently, I was prescribed Gabapentin 100 mg twice daily, which I took for about a month, but started having stomach issues. So, I titrated it down to 100 mg a day for a week by myself and then stopped it. It has been almost three weeks and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Withdrawal symptoms seem to be unlikely after three weeks of stopping Gabapentin. Check if you have a fever. If not I would suggest you try taking PPI (proton pump inhibitor) for vomiting and Benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia. Skip Celexa for a couple of d... Read Full »
Why does my friend have numbness after hemilaminectomy surgery?
Query: Hello doctor, I am inquiring for a friend who underwent L4 - L5 hemilaminectomy surgery. He is recovering except for the persistent numbness, pins and needles and swelling in his left foot. It is more pronounced in the afternoon to evening. He is a teacher by profession. He has reported this to h... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It sounds like your friend is bothered by the persistent tingling and numbness in his left foot. I understand these sensations can be quite irritating, especially if your work involves standing for long periods. Did he have these tingling sensations in the same are... Read Full »
Can neuropathy cause swelling?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 65-year-old male. I was told I have neuropathy a little over a year ago. And I weigh around 230 pounds. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I reviewed your uploaded image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and would explain that it seems that you are suffering from lymphoedema (which means poor drainage of the lymph in the venous system). The neuropathy is not the cause of swelling, but it... Read Full »
I am having anxiety after stopping Gabapentin. Can this be Gabapentin withdrawal symptoms?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old woman, otherwise in good health. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks but I had not suffered any of these in a severe form in over 6 years. I was medication free for many years, up until 2 months ago when I went to see a psychiatrist for possible psychosomat... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have clearly described several psychosomatic symptoms. On the core of such symptoms is anxiety. Anxiety can take several forms and can manifest in different ways in different individuals. For some it may be palpitations and breathlessness, for some it might be bu... Read Full »
Which is better for diabetic neuropathy, Gabapentin or Pregabalin?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 52-year-old male with a weight of 80 kilograms. I am diabetic. My doctor advised me to take Gabapentin NT 400 for neuropathy. Previously, I was taking Pregabalin 150 mg. On seeing some reviews online, I found that ninety percent of patients are against taking Gabapentin. It causes... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Gabapentin is more potent than Pregabalin. It is an excellent drug. The possible side effect is dizziness. As you have taken Pregabalin 150 mg previously and so Gabapentin suits you. Gabapentin NT contains Nortryptilline which helps with neuropathic pain. Most of the di... Read Full »
Is it safe to take Gabapentin for back stiffness?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried male, and I have a back stiffness problem for more than three years. Everyone gives the says that my posture is not proper while walking. Two years back when I consulted a doctor, he suspected ankylosing spondylitis, but HLA-B27 was negative. After seeing... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis is a clinical and radiological diagnosis. The clinical criteria is a history of inflammatory back pain, and the pain is worse in mornings and ... Read Full »
Is it safe to pair Gabapentin with Metoclopramide?
Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from chronic migraines, and I take Gabapentin, 1800 mg daily for prevention. Recently, a GP recommended Metoclopramide, 30 mg daily to help with nausea, but I have yet to take it, as I am concerned about the combination. Is this a safe pair of drugs to use together? Thank you... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. I would like to state that Gabapentin and Metoclopramide have no major interactions and can be taken together. However, there are reports of increased side effects such as giddiness and sedation. Some of the individuals with... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from localized tenderness in scalp. I also have left thigh numbness. My doctor diagnosed it as mild meralgia paresthetica. He prescribed Pregabalin, but I did not take due to concern of dizziness and drowsiness. I always have a fear that antidepressant medicine can cause ca... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for giving such an elaborate information and history (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Scalp tenderness is a common symptom of migraine headache. It can be associated with hemicranial headache or it can be a sole symptom of migraine. Thoug... Read Full »