Neurontin for RLS

I posted previously about Horizant, a new drug for the treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome.  I mentioned that Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) is not available in Thailand but Gabapentin is.  I have now found out that the brand name for the Gabapentin available in Thailand is called Neurontin.

I have been waiting for my rheumatologist to get back to me regarding a prescription for Neurontin but I guess she forgot, and with me being busy it slipped down my list of priorities.  Well today I had to have a quick checkup to get a medical certificate for my annual visa renewal.  I decided to talk to the Doctor at the same time about Gabapentin and she agreed that we should give it a shot.  So I now have a prescription of Neurontin in hand and will try it out tonight.

You may recall that according to the study that was done with Horizant, the usual dose at night is 1,200 mg.  My rheumatologist had made the comment that this is a high dose and would likely lay me out.  My Doctor today made the same observation and suggested that I start first at 300mg, and if it doesn’t work then the following night increase to 600mg etc.  So I’ll try it out and let you know if it works.  It really would be great if I wasn’t so dependent on Tramadol to control RLS!

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