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Folahn

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Mr. King writes about a medication whose generic name is neurontin, brand nam gabapentin. About its bad affects when used as a medication for pain,

Looking the med up on.the usual medication sites I can't find anything that would be a major cause for concern, but, i have found Mr King does very good research.

I really need to know what sort of information.he was referencing and soon as possible. Can anyone help me?
 

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Mr. King writes about a medication whose generic name is neurontin, brand nam gabapentin. About its bad affects when used as a medication for pain,

Looking the med up on.the usual medication sites I can't find anything that would be a major cause for concern, but, i have found Mr King does very good research.

I really need to know what sort of information.he was referencing and soon as possible. Can anyone help me?
Welcome to the site. :)

It is possible he used creative licence in regards to the medication. (don't take my word for it that he did though)
I would suggest you speak to your doctor or chemist if you're needing advice on medication, as Stephen's job is first and foremost Fiction, not fact and I would be worried if you were taking medical advice from a story rather than a practitioner.
 

Folahn

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You misunderstand me. I am writing myself about pain. I am intrigued as to why he wrote it and the basis. I have listened to chronic pain patients tell me a range of things about this med..Very little that was psitive. Example all of the female patients reported sexual dysfunction.

I thank for your concern but it is misplaced.

I'd rather not be dismissed as someone seeking medical advice from a writer of fiction.
 

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You misunderstand me. I am writing myself about pain. I am intrigued as to why he wrote it and the basis. I have listened to chronic pain patients tell me a range of things about this med..Very little that was psitive. Example all of the female patients reported sexual dysfunction.

I thank for your concern but it is misplaced.

I'd rather not be dismissed as someone seeking medical advice from a writer of fiction.
No offense intended, I guess I misunderstood as you hadn't at first mentioned the reason for your query. I will leave an alert for Stephen's personal assistant, perhaps she will be able to research the information for you.

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Mr. King writes about a medication whose generic name is neurontin, brand nam gabapentin. About its bad affects when used as a medication for pain,

Looking the med up on.the usual medication sites I can't find anything that would be a major cause for concern, but, i have found Mr King does very good research.

I really need to know what sort of information.he was referencing and soon as possible. Can anyone help me?
He most likely got the information from his friend, Russ Dorr, who was a physician's assistant at the time that was written. You'd be better served by going to your own physician or pharmacist for more information about this, though, as your situation could be influenced by many other factors.
 

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My mother took it briefly several years back.. it had bad side effects on her. She took it for neuropathy pain. She completely lost her coordination and it altered her mental status.
My mom took it for a while also. If I remember correctly she didn't like it and stopped it. We'd ended up using Tylenol Arthritis for her hip pain (she'd broken the hip and had screws in place).
 

GNTLGNT

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...Neurontin is used as an anti-seizure medication, but is one who's off-label use is for neuropathic pain or chronic pain control...like any other medication, people react differently to it....some have great results...others, not so much...it is also very addictive if you're not careful and can be a drug of abuse....it becomes a matter of whether the potential positives outweigh the negative....
 

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I realize this may be a bit late, but in the off-chance that it isn't... GNTLGNT is right about it's originally intended use as an anti-seizure medication. I assumed that Edgar's brain injury was the cause for concern with it. As for it's effectiveness as a neuropathy pain reliever, it has worked wonders for me. I do, however, remember first taking it. My coordination (not the best even under ideal conditions) was completely wrecked. I would walk into walls and not be able to turn away from them, assuming I could figure out which way to turn. I wish I had videos. But the dose was merely too high. 3 times too high, to be more precise. On the plus side, my nerve pain doesn't reduce me to tears anymore. So, it does have some success stories.
 

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Welcome to the site. :)

It is possible he used creative licence in regards to the medication. (don't take my word for it that he did though)
I would suggest you speak to your doctor or chemist if you're needing advice on medication, as Stephen's job is first and foremost Fiction, not fact and I would be worried if you were taking medical advice from a story rather than a practitioner.
I may be incorrect, but I did notice when typing reports for geriatric patients who were having problems with dementia that the doctors would often recommend lowering the dose of gabapentin to see if this helps clear 'the fog'.
 

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I may be incorrect, but I did notice when typing reports for geriatric patients who were having problems with dementia that the doctors would often recommend lowering the dose of gabapentin to see if this helps clear 'the fog'.
...this can be said of many meds, the geriatric physiology doesn't allow the clearance of many meds through the liver and kidney's as easily as it does in someone younger and more well hydrated, and plus-many medicos fail to take the advanced age into account when selecting doses or potential interactions in the plethora of meds they have their patients on....in many cases it's easier to discontinue all but the most essential meds, and then reintroduce at lower dosages to see how those are tolerated....
 

Neesy

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...this can be said of many meds, the geriatric physiology doesn't allow the clearance of many meds through the liver and kidney's as easily as it does in someone younger and more well hydrated, and plus-many medicos fail to take the advanced age into account when selecting doses or potential interactions in the plethora of meds they have their patients on....in many cases it's easier to discontinue all but the most essential meds, and then reintroduce at lower dosages to see how those are tolerated....
Thanks Scott! Much appreciated information :)
 
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