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Gabapentin Works—For Me

Posted on January 15 2010 by Pat Killingsworth | 1,180 views

There seems to be a wide variety of opinions about how effective the neuropathy drug, gabapentin (brand name Neurontin) really is. Most myeloma patients with neuropathy I have spoken with dismiss it as irrelevant. So when I switched insurance plans after January 1st, I decided to let it go—to not refill the gabapentin perscription I had been taking for years. After all, why take more medication than one really needs, right? And then there is that annoying new co-pay and the hassle of calling and getting the script switched to my new Florida pharmacy…

It has been four days since I took my last gabapentin capsule. I wasn’t sure initially, but it had felt like my neuropathy was a bit worse the first few nights. Last night, my lower legs were measurably more uncomfortable—tingling and burning—they felt like they were “asleep” all night—but I wasn’t! And my fingers seem stiffer and numb as well. I’m at the end of my two week Revlimid drug holiday, so that shouldn’t have anything to do with it…

That’s enough anecdotal evidence for me! Back to my neighborhood, Cigna approved CVS pharmacy today for a re-fill!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

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