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Medication GRALISE

I am new to the group. I looked for a conversation on this medication but didn't find one.

I just started seeing Pain management specialist for my spinal stenois as my symptoms are worsening, particularly in my hips and tops of my legs, and it's getting harder to walk any distance.

I was given pain medication AND Gralise, which is to treat the nerve problems I'm having. BUT, I'm scared to take it. I've read about suicidal thoughts and how when you stop taking it you have to taper off.

If anyone has taken this medication, I would love to hear from you.


  • A lot of people have good luck with this drug. I did not. Little benefits and lots of side effects. Side effects are more likely the older you are. Just need to increase dosage up gradually to minimize a lot of them. I would not worry about the suicidal thoughts unless you have already had problems in that area. Unfortunately, most all pain, nerve pain, SSRI drugs and some muscle relaxers require you to slowly taper off when stopping them. Sorry, but this is the world you and we live in. Try to trust your Pain Mgmt doctor until he gives you a reason not to.
    Severe DDD, Severe neural foraminal stenosis at 2 levels, moderate canal stenosis at 2 levels, significantly impaired left shoulder & arm function. Chronic moderate compression fracture at C6.
  • I think I'm still in denial. I have had back problems for years, but never has it effected my hips and legs, until recently. I keep vacillating between just taking the pain meds, to starting my Gralise packet. But today, after taking a hike yesterday, my legs are aching so much, it's freaking me out. I'm getting closer and closer to starting these pills, but I'm anxious.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 02/16/2013 - 10:46 AM
    When starting any new medication, reading the lists of side effects is enough to make anyone want to rethink whether or not they should take the medication or not....however, the list of side effects is legally mandated from the very tiniest side effect to the most severe must be listed on the paperwork.
    Gabapentin is a good medication that works well for nerve related pain, and Daffy is right, it does need to be slowly gone up and down in dose. The dosage range for neuropathic pain is somewhere between 900 mg -3600 mg per day. It can take time to build up to a steady dose in the blood stream and the majority of side effects will fade over the days and weeks on the med. Give it time, and stay patient. Drowsiness and some of the other side effects will fade as your body acclimates to the med.....
  • DonnabeDDonnabe Posts: 597
    edited 02/28/2013 - 3:04 PM
    My mom does not have much luck with gabapenten but gralise helps her a lot. Unfortunately after running out of samples we find out insurance does not cover it! Ridiculous!
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 02/28/2013 - 3:20 PM
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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