Visited NS today and b/c I'm electing to hold off on surgery, he said he preferred it I went to primary Dr for pain management (pills). I told him that was acceptable. He did however start me on 300mg of Gabapentin. Didn't discuss side effects, just that it was better than diladud for nerve pain and it wouldn't make me as sleepy. I recently (today) read posts regarding this drug and memory loss. I will be starting a new job in 3 weeks so I will most def need my memory as this job entails per word recognition and memory. After reading these posts, I'm apprehensive about starting this. Also, NS said to take meds as needed. The pharmasicts said do NOT take as needed b/c its not like a narcotic that will kick in in 30 mins, rather my body needs to wait til the drug takes effect. Pharmacy said take every 8 hrs once a day for a week, then 2 times, then 3 times. I asked about withdrawal from it and she said maybe. I've heard horror stories about withdrawals from narcotic pain meds and now I'm paranoid about the gabapentin all together. I know its not a narcotic but the side effects seem to be similair. Any advice?