I am having extremely bad side effects from neurontin (drunk in the morning, nausea, cotton mouth, etc.), but by afternoon, it is really helping my nerve pain. Any advice out there as to what I should do? Should I take the cap apart and empty out half, or are there other nerve pain meds that aren't as potent? I am hypersensitive to meds anyway and also on the fentanyl patch. I don't want to take an anti-depressant or Cymbalta (I guess that is an anti-depressant), and have tried epidural shots (didn't help; actually, made it worse). I was thrilled that the Neurontin helped the nerve pain and thought I could get through the morning problem if it meant the rest of my day could be productive and relatively painfree, but I just can't, there are too many side effects. Think it would help if I cut the dosage down? Is that a good idea? I was taking Lortab for breakthrough pain, but it doesn't really help that much. The patch is for the pain caused by my scoliosis and fibromyalgia, but nerve pain is a different animal and it just got bad in the past year or so. Thanks for any advice.