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    #46
    Its weird...

    ...all the different things neurotin is supposed to treat. I was in drug rehab and everyone was given neurotin there. It made me feel tired all the time, so I stopped. Then when I got out of rehab I started taking it only before bedtime, to help me sleep. Thats how it is prescribed to me, for sleep. I have been working out every day and gaining weight. I think neurotin just slows down your metabolism. That reduces every bodily function, including pain, seizures and sleeplessness as well as causing weight gain. I wonder if it could be an inflamitory. That would be bad.

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      #47
      Originally posted by steve garro View Post
      you can't gain weight from oxygen & water. i quit eating and lost 70lbs in 2.5 months..........i don't buy the hormone thing. is this "weight gaining hormone" isolated to the USA, because in my 3rd world travels i saw allot of people who must have been lacking this hormone..........look at Mr. Coffee in the exercise threads - he can't even gain weight. must be lacking hormones. OK - i'm off for a off road handcycle ride for a few hours to keep my hormones in check!
      You and Arndog are incorrect to inform its just input and output. There are several meds that cause weight gain despite activity and caloric intake. Ever heard of Prednisone? Weight gain is a side effect and it has nothing to do with food or exercise. My daughter was taking prednisone for underdeveloped lungs...she was 6 mo old and did not start sucking down extra bottles of milk or become lazy she gained over 7 pounds in a month. This is not normal weight gain. Same with a girlfriend who had breast cancer and couldnt eat and was vomiting all the time gained over 60lbs on steroids(prednisone). It is in the trials that Neurotin causes weight gain and increased appetite not weight gain due to increased appetite. Did you ever consider maybe some of these people gaining weight have a Thyroid issue? Sorry boys everything is not black and white. You are not scientists, next time try being more sensitive and thoughtful in your replies after all this is a forum to help one another.

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        #48
        Actually, I am a scientist. I have heard of predisone. The causes of weight gain from prednisone are fourfold. Initial weight gain in from Prednisone is primarily fluid retention, water weight. Secondly, predisone taken chronically causes fat redistribution to the face (steroid facies) and the back (steroid buffalo hump )which are noticeable, especially the face . Thirdly, it is often given to people who are ill and understandably are not able to get exercise, and thus prone to gain weight from inactivity. Fourthly, prednisone can cause increase in appetite which in itself doesn't cause weight gain, but rather giving into increased appetite by eating more which is the culprit.

        Steve Garro is a welder of bike frames, some of the best mountain bike frames in the country, and has a long career as a mountain bike racer prior to his SCI. Bike racers know a thing or two about input, output, and body weight. He tends to call it like he sees it and I think he got it right in that quote.

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          #49
          I was very interested to read all these comments! I had a bad accident four years ago and I have been taking Gabapentin and amytriptiline for nerve pain and chronic pain syndrome.
          My consultant has been trying to blame my weight gain for my pain now! and told me to lose weight needless to say he is not a small guy! I have gained 2 stone plus in the last year since an increase in taking this drug however I dont eat that much ,my appetite is not very good.I questioned whether the drug could be to blame and why I cant seem to lose any either but he dismissed this emphatically! after seeing this I actually think I may be right! has anyone worked out a way to lose weight without stopping the drug or is that the only option?I have tried low cal food and excercise as much as i can bear with pain but nothing helps I am quite tall but getting large now at around 110kg not what I want to be at!I am taking 900 four times a day plus other drugs like targinact.. People need to be more sensitive to each individual as chronic pain sydrome patients and similar cant just jump on a bike for hours on end! if I even tried I would be in bed for a week to recover I have tried the increase in excercise but my nerve damage stops me in my tracks and causes unbelievable muscle cramps all over my right hand side including my arms.
          Last edited by Tanya p; 6 May 2012, 5:53 AM.

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            #50
            Tanya p - can you describe in an average week what exercise you do say over the last month? Do you count calories taken in? I think that would be the place to start.

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              #51
              Neurontin and weight gain

              I have Lupus, Fibro, Migraines, and IBS. The Neurontin helps greatly with all of these. I have been on 1500mg since November and have gained 10lbs each month!!! I am only 5' tall and was once 105 lbs. I now weigh 150 lbs. I have a slim fast shake for breakfast, one soda, and then a healthy dinner. Once in a while I will have a brownie for dessert. How can I be gaining so much weight? I tried to go down on the med but then I just start having trouble again. I had alot of trouble with Lyrica so that is not an option. Any ideas?

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                #52
                I have been on Gabapentin for 3 years for neuropathic pain and am maxed out at 3600 mg/day. Earlier this year, my Dr added Lyrica. I have experienced some weight gain since I have taken these meds. But other factors can be involved that we might not think about. For example, I always gain weight from Nov through April and then lose weight from May through Oct. This is due to my exercising more in the warmer months because I like to garden, as well as eating lighter meals.

                I haven't noticed that I get hungrier since I have been taking these meds. However, I do notice that I don't feel "full" after I eat unless I over eat and feel physically too full. Both these meds work by calming the nerve signals to the brain (and thus reducing the impact of sensory signals made erratic by damage in the CNS). This makes me wonder if they also calm the signal to the brain that says "I'm full". So, now I have been paying extra attention to portion control to see if this helps.

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                  #53
                  I was diagnosed April 2010 with Simple Epilepsy. Three drugs and a year later I was prescribed neurontin which stopped the siezures. I gained 8kg (17lbs) on the first three drugs but had stabilised. A lot of this could have been attributed to inactivity (I had been a keen cyclist riding 150km a week) until the siezures started. On neurontin I gained another 3 1/2kg (7lbs) I have calorie counted, consuming 1500 calories daily, with no reduction in weight. After 2 years now I've started a gentle exercise regime, getting to 20 minutes on a static cycle registering 300 calories used plus floor exercises. So why doesn't 1200 calories for the day NOT reduce my weight? Confusing. Will keep you posted if I make any progress.

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                    #54
                    fustrated

                    I have now been on gabapentin for a few months fr migraines, it is the most recent in a long list of medications some of which really increased my weight while I haven't gained any weight while on gabapentin i don't seem to be able to lose it either I had told my doctor i didn't want another drug that would make me put on weight as i also suffer from pcos which is made worse by excess weight and in turn would increase my hormone levels and make my migraines worse but i think gab must done some thing to your Metabolic rate as i am going to the gym for at least 5 hours a week and i am only eating around 1200 calories a day and i am not losing anything.. i am so frustrated

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                      #55
                      My experience with neurontin.

                      I began with Neurontin two years ago to help with sciatic nerve pain from a total hip and acetablum replacement. I began at 900 mg a day and have been gradually increased to 2700mg a day for the nerve pain. I still can feel the sciatica, but it is now bearable. At first I gained only a fraction of weight, but as the medication increased, so did my weight gain. I am sure other variables play into this, as I am no longer able to run, or even walk much more than a mile. But, I am in constant motion, as sitting or laying aggitate the nerve, so it really irritates me for those who post comments about laziness. Let me tell you, if I COULD exercise like I use to, or run marathons, climb mountains, etc, I wouldn't need the medication, or at least in the dosage I do. My diet is healthier than it was before my surgery: salads, whole grains, lean proteins, veggies, and few, if any, sweets/fats. No alcohol or smoking. Posts that says there is no such thing as a medication that contributes to weight gain are akin to the "There's no such thing as PMS" myth. Give me a break. It is condescending.
                      Now that's off my chest, there are other side effects that are also worrisome. (If you don't think a 30 year old woman worries about her weight, you're wrong; however, it is much more important that I'm able to walk for my kids. So, there you go.) I noticed someone mentioned cavities. It's true. My hygentist said it is because it causes dry mouth. Biotene helps, I hope. (My dentist actually is gleeful that I come visit him.) Also, I have noticed my thought processes are "loopy". SOmetimes words leave me or I can't complete a thought. My memory is, quite frankly, pathetic. These are definitely side effects and can be worrisome at times. Mood fluctuation is also a side effect, but mine may be contributed to pain, so I can't say for sure.

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                        #56
                        I can't take Lyrica either. I could actually see my fingers swelling from it and within minutes almost couldn't remove my rings. I have also experienced rapid weight gain from neurontin after my dosage was increased by triple. It is extremely frustrating!! Closets full of clothes and NONE fit. TOo embarrassed to throw them out or go shopping for new ones. Seems silly, logically, as I need something to wear and I need the medicine. Anyway, wanted to say you are not alone. My rationale is that at least I can walk on the medication. Without it, I couldn't.

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                          #57
                          Be careful!

                          Originally posted by groverkitty View Post
                          I have been on Neurontin for about 8 years for my Fibromyalgia. I am 5ft tall and when I started taking the drug I was about 140, now I'm over 200lbs. I want to switch to Topamax... one of the major side effects is weight loss and it is FDA approved for migraines, which I get every other day. Nothing helps!!
                          I too have gained A LOT of weight since starting Lyrica. (100lbs!) I too tried to switch from Lyrica to Topamax... I didn't check to see what date you posted this, but I wanted to comment anyway. I switched from Lyrica to Topamax cold turkey and you talk about a horrible mistake! I lasted a few days and ran back to my life saver LYRICA! I am not sure if they could start you on a loW dose of Topamax and start slowly lowering your Lyrica. It was about 2 years ago when I tried the cold turkey method on the Lyrica. Today when I read your post I remembered Topamax and I think I will talk to my doctor about trying to take the Topamax while I lower my Lyrica. I HAVE TO GET THIS WEIGHT OFF ASAP BECAUSE IT'S KILLING ME!!!

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                            #58
                            Gabapentin side affects

                            I found this side searching the side affects of Gabapentin which I start taking today. I was on Lyrica and quit taking it because my hunger got to the point where I couldn't control the bingeing. I went off all my meds I was taking for depression and started just one med that is new on the market called Latuda. I found that I lost almost 20 lbs after I quit all those meds and just stuck to this one for my bi-polar disorder. It was working great until the doctor put me on Lyrica for fibromyalgia pain so that is why I quit taking the Lyrica. So I am going to try the Gabapentin and if that causes me to eat more then I won't be taking that either. My fibromyalgia pain has become unbearable since I quit all the meds and the only thing that helps is accupuncture which I cannot start until the 1st of January when my new policy takes affect. It just makes me crazy that I have to be on meds at all and that is why I am hoping that once I start accupuncture it will help alot more than meds do.

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                              #59
                              nonnie try Savelle
                              SM/ACM Surgery in 1999

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

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