Neurontin Vicodin, Kidney Dialysis Patients, Guiney Pig, Have Noticed That, Vocodin
The only FDA-approved use for Neuronin is for muscle-spasm connected pain, with epilepsy. However I have noticed that most of the people who have responded to this side-effect registry take it for other reasons. I -- for example -- use it for ... more »
The only FDA-approved use for Neuronin is for muscle-spasm connected pain, with epilepsy. However I have noticed that most of the people who have responded to this side-effect registry take it for other reasons. I -- for example -- use it for fibromyalgia, a type of arthritis characterized by (in my case) whole body aching, something like a bad case of flu. It is similar to Dilantin, and nobody knows exactly HOW it works, except that it helps the kidneys remove Gapentin from the urine, and for that reason is often given to kidney-dialysis patients.
It has its own list of side-effects, and reading these postings will educate you about a lot of them, and it SEEMS to be as dependence-producing as Vicodin and related products, but not officially addictive.
I am concerned that you would be taking Neurontin in addition to Vicodin. Does the amount of Vocodin you now take not manage your pain?
If It were me in this position I would much rather be taking Neurontin than Vicodin, because of the addiction problem, and this might be your doctor's attempt to wean you off of Vicodin, especially if you are needing increasing amounts of Vicodin, a baaaaad sign.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR about this! Not a lot is known about the interactions of these two drugs, and in my mind could be possibly dangerous. The Neurontin seems to increase the effect of other medicines, especially the ones in Vocodin. Depending on your particular situation, taking Vicodin and Neurontin at the same time could be good, or life-threatening. Is your doctor going to mnonitor you closely, or are you going to be a guiney-pig? At the least monitor youself and the effects on your body for adding Neurontin -- and insist on starting with the smallest dose of Neurontin possible. I commend you for wanting to find out more before you take what sounds like an unexplained drug.
JanK, Neurontin patient, grandmother, retired Master's level alcohol and drug abuse counselor, First Aid Certified counselor, and elementary education teacher.