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    #31
    I have been taking Neurontin for almost a year and a half. Initially, I was taking Prednisone, which led to a weight gain of 15 lbs over a year. Once off the steroids, I did lose about 5 pounds, but my weight has now stablized. I really need to lose an additional 10 since it's a healthier weight for me.

    My unscientific opinion is that the reason I have not been able to easily lose the additional pounds is due mainly to a lack of exercise. The Neurontin makes me sleepy and I get fatigued easily. Under this medication, I sleep an average of 10 hours a night and because I'm sleepy, I sit a lot more than I used to!

    The same amount of food + less exercise = weight gain

    My strategy is to improve my diet by cutting down on sugar and white starches and to up my exercise amount by riding a recumbent bike 20 minutes a day, every day. If I backslide, I'll just start again with a renewed resolution.

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      #32
      I very much appreciate this kind of in depth information. Thank you for going to the trouble of providing it here.

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        #33
        I've been on neurontin for 3 years or so, and put on about 15 pounds at first, but it's leveled out. I did go from 176 - 162 prior to my surgery, but that's because I hurt so much I was hardly eating. I'm watching my weight now, but a noted side affect of the drug is weight gain. If it helps, I'll take it anyway.

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          #34
          Originally posted by Maureen63 View Post
          Just wondering why Neurontin causes weight gain? I take 600 mg 4xday. If anything, I eat less now than before my accident yet I've gained 20+ pounds! I know inactivity is part of that but it doesn't account for all of that weight. I've skimmed some of the threads here and see that a lot of people on Neurontin complain of weight gain. I guess my question is why does neurontin make us fat??! I'm T11/12 btw. Thanks.
          Hi Maureen63, I am having the very same problem... Im currently up to 900 mgs of neurotin a day and with every increase of the dosage my weight gain and water retention is increasing at an alarming number for me.. Ive have been trying to watch what i eat and thats not even helping.. I would love to hear anything you find out.. and how we can get this weight off while we are on the meds and when and if we get off.. I have to take them now.. and the doctor even looked at the other comparable options and they have the same side afftects.. so let me know please.. thanks!
          jodyjo10

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            #35
            I am new to this forum and need help! I am a stage 3 colon cancer survivor. However, one of the chemo drugs resulted in chronic neurophathy in my feet. As a result, I have been on 1200 mg of neurontin since July 2009. As a result, I have not been able to lose the 50 lbs. I gain while on chemo. In addition, in October 2011, my neurophay seem to be getting worse. (I was already on 10 mg. of Oxicotin 2 times a day) My doctors had been urging me to try 20 mg. of Celexa to create a "triangulation" of my meds. They stated the three drugs working together should help. That seem to make things worse, so the Celexa was upped to 40 mg. I then began to gain even more weight. I tryed everything and finally decided to bite the bullet and pay for a Jenny Craig program. Since then after 7 grueling weeks, I have lost 11 lbs. However, my weight is still goes up from time to time. I heard Topamax might be a solution, however, my pharmasist said that for the type of neuropathy I have this would not be a good solution. Does anyone have any input on this...I am meeting with my onocologist who put me on the meds. in a week.

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              #36
              Originally posted by luciat View Post
              I am new to this forum and need help! I am a stage 3 colon cancer survivor. However, one of the chemo drugs resulted in chronic neurophathy in my feet. As a result, I have been on 1200 mg of neurontin since July 2009. As a result, I have not been able to lose the 50 lbs. I gain while on chemo. In addition, in October 2011, my neurophay seem to be getting worse. (I was already on 10 mg. of Oxicotin 2 times a day) My doctors had been urging me to try 20 mg. of Celexa to create a "triangulation" of my meds. They stated the three drugs working together should help. That seem to make things worse, so the Celexa was upped to 40 mg. I then began to gain even more weight. I tryed everything and finally decided to bite the bullet and pay for a Jenny Craig program. Since then after 7 grueling weeks, I have lost 11 lbs. However, my weight is still goes up from time to time. I heard Topamax might be a solution, however, my pharmasist said that for the type of neuropathy I have this would not be a good solution. Does anyone have any input on this...I am meeting with my onocologist who put me on the meds. in a week.
              I've been on as much as 2400 mg per day but am back at 1800. Luckily so far I've NOT experienced and weight gain from it. hope you find something that will work!

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                #37
                Thank you.

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                  #38
                  I have used Topamax but not for pain, it did in fact help me lose about 20 lbs. Hope this helps

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                    #39
                    Just started taking neurontin

                    Hello everyone! I just started taking Neurontin for my severe body pain today. I was bed ridden for three days. It is terrible, especially having 3 kids to take care of. I just want something to help but not cause weight gain. I can barely move now,I can only imagine how I would feel if I gained an extra 20 pounds. I have tried so many so called pain releavers with no help what so ever.I mean just about everything including my hands, neck, hips and low back not to mention my skin sensitivity drive me crazy. My house looks terrible I haven't been able to cook good meals for my family.I am pretty depressed right now. I am just not me anymore, this just seemed to come on out of no where. Can someone please help.... I took my new meds today Neurontin and Tramadol its been 2 hours and I am still not up to par. I am only 31 and I feel 90

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                      #40
                      Calculate your caloric output. Increase your caloric output by exercise . Count calories of everything you eat and don't eat more than your output. You won't gain weight no matter what medication you take with this method.

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                        #41
                        GorgiJersey

                        Hi All - I was involved in an MVA accident over 3 years ago. I have been taking Neurontin for about 3 monts and in those 3 months I have gained a significant amount of weight (15 pounds) to be exact. I am also searching for some answers to the side effects of gabapentin. I I have read that if anyone is experiencing rapid weight loss they should see there doctor right away as this could be a sign of CHF. As you mentioned exercise for me is very limited and there is not much I can do in that arena. Is there anyone out there with any recommendations for this?

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                          #42
                          Cavities and tooth decay

                          Originally posted by Jadis View Post
                          how so? interesting that you say that, since I now have 4 teeth that are literally falling apart.
                          The cavities and tooth decay (possibly causing falling apart) is from the dry mouth that gabapentin causes. It increases the bacteria in the mouth. You can use saliva substitutes, I also read that adding a humidifier in your room might help although I don't know how truly effective that is. If you google Neurontin and dry mouth you may get some more info. Its very impt to have good tooth care while on gabapentin or amitriptyline.

                          Tracey, the pharmacist

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                            #43
                            Originally posted by georginam View Post
                            Hi All - I was involved in an MVA accident over 3 years ago. I have been taking Neurontin for about 3 monts and in those 3 months I have gained a significant amount of weight (15 pounds) to be exact. I am also searching for some answers to the side effects of gabapentin. I trI have read that if anyone is experiencing rapid weight loss they should see there doctor right away as this could be a sign of CHF. As you mentioned exercise for me is very limited and there is not much I can do in that arena. Is there anyone out there with any recommendations for this?
                            I'm having a similar experience although I haven't gained quite as much so rapidly and I'm really watching what I eat and trying to do yoga every day. I believe that the rapid weight gain is due to fluid retention, at least up to 7-8 lbs. If you weigh a lot more than me and you probably do, the fluid retention can be a lot greater, up to 20 lbs. This can be a side effect of heart failure as well but usually you can't breathe and have to sleep on pillow and get tired from mild exertion like walking to the mailbox.

                            Tracey, the Pharmacist

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                              #44
                              Obviously it is common, you have seen the posts. The percents from the trials are never accurate because they are not done in the millions of people who wind up taking the medicine. I feel that for the weight gain to be so rapid a lot of it must be fluid increase and possible vascular expansion, I do notice my rings are tighter. I'm not sure if dropping my dose will help but I will probably try to do that. I feel so much better though, my nerves are much calmer I may have to live with some of the weight gain although I fought so hard to lose it.

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                                #45
                                oh no doubt about it it does help with pain... now if the pharmichetical (sp) companies would figure out a way to get rid of weight gain. I now take Keppra and it works great for pain and seizures....and my teeth are doing fine....
                                SM/ACM Surgery in 1999

                                When the world says "give up"; hope whispers "try one more time"
                                -anonymous

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