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How Does Gabapentin Work On Helping Sensory Neuropathy

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Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes PN? Who Is at Risk of Developing PN? How Do You Know if You Have PN? PN Treatments AIMS for PN What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? Many people living with HIV (HIV+) develop problems that involve the nervoussystem. The nervous system controls thinking, movement, sensations, andfeelings. There are two parts of the nervous system: the brain and spinal cord(central...
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Gabapentin & Neuropathy

Hello Dr. Boyle:In June 2002, I was diagnosed with AIDS. I have been through five hospitalizations/hospice stays since that time. I am considered to be healthy, despite a near-death scare in July, at which time I lost almost 70 pounds. I now...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
BrianIt can take a few weeks for gabapentin to start to work. Also, some patients require higher doses than others, so if the initial dose you received doesn't work, talk to your doctor to see if a hgiher dose might be appropriate. If its... Read more »

causes of sensory neuropathy

although i have full-blown aids (cd4-134)my question is about my best friend who has been HIV+ for nearly 17 years, and his cd4 count is 851. he has been on a Combivir/Sustiva cocktail for 2 years. he is now experiencing pain and tingling from...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
3TC (a component of Combivir) can cause peripheral neuropathy (drug related almost always involves the foot first-usually in a fairly symmetric manner). HIV can mimic that. Some vitamin deficiencies (i.e.vitamin B12) can cause neuropathy as can... Read more »

gabapentin and nueropathy

2 weeks ago I started gabpentin for extensive and progressive sensory neuropathy in my legs and feet. I am taking 600mgs a day (and on combivir and nevirapine x 4 years) - the nueropathy began after beginning treatment, but my CD4 count was very low...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That is a very low dose for HIV/drug associated neuropathy (often 2400-3600 mg/day used). If you are on any possibly offending/contributing drugs then an effort needs to be made to see if you can switch off them. L-carnitine or acetyl carnitine may... Read more »

Spinal Neuropathy Treatment

What are the current treatment regimens? I have beeen using neurontin, but it is only partially effective. Due to a spinal cord infection which caused paraplegia I have sensory neuropathy in the buttocks area which results in unbearable pain if I...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The issue with neurontin used to treat HIV or medication-related neuropathy is that it is often not used in high enough doses. I often push it to 1200 mg tid before concluding that it is not working. Another drug I often use is amitryptiline, on... Read more »
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Neuropathy, anyone?

Posted by Pos_in_Thailand, 2 Replies

I wish everyone well and say thanks to those taking the time to read my inquiry.

I was wondering if any of you are dealing with or have been diagnosed with neuropathy? If so, would you mind sharing what your symptoms are or have been, and if... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me a few questions I have about PN.

I am experiencing muscle twitches, pretty much anywhere. It hits for a few seconds and will turn up somewhere else minutes/hours down the track. I went to the doctor... Read more »

Treatment options for Neuropathy

Posted by Neuropathypain, 1 Reply
I have suffered from Neuropathy since 2000. At first they thought it was the Zerit that I was on becuase a side effect was Neuropathy and it could go away, it never did it just got worse. I have tried every drug from Neurotin to Lyrica with no pain... Read more »


Posted by ScotCharles, 7 Replies
I have developed very bad neuropathy in my left foot that makes it difficult to walk without a cane. Several times recently, I have lost all strength on the left side of my body. My hands are cramped and painful, making shaking hands a wrenching... Read more »