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I am really depressed.

I currently take 300 mgs gabapentin at night.
I think I can take more. Perhaps I would benefit.


Apparently people with depression and anxiety can take 900 to 2,000 mg a day. I saw that some people can take up to take 4,800 mg/day.

What do you think?

I emailed my pdoc that I need to see her soon and will call her office Monday for an appt.


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I took Gabapentin for pain. But took about 600mg a day. But it
also helped with depression at the time. Because I wasn't depressed
when I took it. I had to start and depression pill after going off.

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I had heard up to 2000mg in divided doses.


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I had heard up to 2000mg in divided doses.


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I am glad that you are calling your pdoc office in the morning.
That's helpful.


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I used to take 600/600/1200mg a day for neuropathy and paresthesias, but many people with MS take it in higher doses. I'm not aware of any ceiling for it.

Right now I'm taking 700mg off-lable for psych as a mood stabilizer, but I usually lower my dose if my mood is low, and raise it if my mood is too high.

I'm sorry you're so depressed, Mari
I hope that your pdoc agrees to increase it, and it helps. I think you should be able to adjust to the sedation given enough time
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I used to take 600/600/1200mg a day for neuropathy and paresthesias, but many people with MS take it in higher doses. I'm not aware of any ceiling for it.

Right now I'm taking 700mg off-lable for psych as a mood stabilizer, but I usually lower my dose if my mood is low, and raise it if my mood is too high.

I'm sorry you're so depressed, Mari
I hope that your pdoc agrees to increase it, and it helps. I think you should be able to adjust to the sedation given enough time
That's good to know. I will ask pdoc when I see her.

In the past an increased dose made me sleepier and it gave me paresthesia (weird feelings in my ears mostly)--
-- I think I might have tried to increase it twice before but I am willing to try increasing it again since I do not seem to have a lot of options.

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Jeff has final juries this week.
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I am really depressed.

I currently take 300 mgs gabapentin at night.
I think I can take more. Perhaps I would benefit.


Apparently people with depression and anxiety can take 900 to 2,000 mg a day. I saw that some people can take up to take 4,800 mg/day.

What do you think?

I emailed my pdoc that I need to see her soon and will call her office Monday for an appt.


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I take 800mg. x3/day. I still have pain (neuropathy) I don't understand how anyone is trying to make neurontin a scheduled drug. It doesn't get me high at all. I take Buproprion SR 150mg. x2/day (wellbutrin). It works great for my depression!
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People use gabapentin in conjunction with other meds (mostly opiates) to get high/higher. That is why they are trying to make it a controlled substance.

It never got me high at high doses either.

It's working really well for me as an off-label mood stabilizer.
I'm glad that it's helping you with your depression. That's wonderful
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OhKay,


Thanks for the Gabapentin news. I love that it is easy for me to get.

(The thoughts about change can be disappointing.)



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