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Re: Neurontin and sedation, etc.

Posted by Susan on October 29, 1999, at 11:40:32

In reply to Neurontin and sedation, etc., posted by Elizabeth on October 28, 1999, at 23:37:51

> Actually, Neurontin reminded me a lot of Xanax. Same sort of clumsy sedation, munchies, etc. I think the munchies thing is more a disinhibition effect than an appetite effect.
When I took Lamictal for 2 weeks I needed more Xanax in order to sleep. Xanax works good for me for panic and social phobia and is inexpensive so perhaps it makes sense to listen to my pdoc who has said that I do not use it enough and should accept that I will probably need it for a lifetime. ?? If Neurontin works like Xanax why would I want to try such an expensive medication? Especially if mood swings are controllable with Xanax which I originally started because of insomnia. I know Xanax is not a good choice for insomnia but the side effects are so minimal compared to Ambien, Tylenol PM, Ativan, Trazodone, Sinequan, etc.
> Anyone else find that Neurontin feels like a benzo? It has been used for panic and social phobia (actually I was taking it for panic disorder - ended up not needing it after I started an antidepressant).

My thinking has been that too much Effexor XR has the same effect as too little. Right now 75mg seems to be doing the trick but my pdoc thinks I am just in a good phase and will need Neurontin. Thanks for letting me think "out loud."




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