Side effects from pain meds (I think?)

Auriel

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Hi last few weeks been getting really bad depression and appetite suppression, I think it correlates with when my gabapentin and sertraline were raised, yesterday I had a meltdown + heart palpitations, today I read both these meds taken together can cause low sodium (so maybe that was it) just wondered if anyone knows what could be going on ? told doctor yesterday and she wants to put my sertraline up even higher (she thinks it’s anxiety) not taken anything today and I’ve had none of the issues. I assumed gabapentin was a good pain med with no bad side effects and sertraline is meant to boost serotonin? Anyone had side effects like this on these? or knows what could be going on ? 🤔💞
 

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Why did your doctor increase the dosage?

I unfortunately don't have direct experience with these meds and those side effects.
Just want to say two things:
Side effects can always occur with medications, and with combinations of medications.
And, remember that correlation is not the same as causation.

My best advice for a situation like this is to go with a combination of your strongest gut feeling and your doctor's advice. If those two things are in direct conflict with each other, talk to your doctor about it before changing any medication or dose.

Meltdown and heart palpitations (by which I assume you mean rapid heartbeat) are signs of anxiety, as well as other things.
And, sometimes a medication will cause an increase in something like anxiety or depression before it makes things get better.
On the other hand, sometimes experiencing these things can mean that medication or dose is not right for you.

Just be careful, and be completely honest with your doctor about how you feel. I think in your place I would start out with doing as the doctor says, but if it turns out that increasing the dosage increased the negative symptoms, then another consultation with your doctor would be in order.
 

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I am on gabapentin and
the side affects with this drug is u over eat ,it makes you hungry .now if u have been upped on your depression pills then that can make you feel very low for a few weeks .
As well as clearly being low in the first place .
 

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I know from experience that gabapentin can make you sick if you do not take as prescribed. This is a medication that you can not miss one dose that it doesn't affect the way you feel. I just wanted to relay my experience to you in hopes that it may help you out with your situation.
 

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That must be a individual thing ,I’ve missed loads and been fine .body’s a funny old thing 🤣
 

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thanks, clsbrown, for telling us your experience with this.

Like Forgetmenot, I also have used gabapentin in a more or less uneven manner and never felt the slightest ill effect from it.
I know from experience that gabapentin can make you sick if you do not take as prescribed. This is a medication that you can not miss one dose that it doesn't affect the way you feel. I just wanted to relay my experience to you in hopes that it may help you out with your situation.
It is important to remember that everyone is different, and everyone will have different reactions to medications. for me, gabapentin didn't really do much of anything. Its effect on pain was about the same as Advil - minimal - and when I took it or did not take it I had no side effects at all.

for others, it has had huge side effects, and for others it has helped a lot with pain with or without side effects.

Everyone's experience is valid and is important to convey to others, because it's good for all of us to know that it can affect people in such different ways.
One of the important things about this forum is for all of us to speak up about our experience so that we can learn from other's as well as our own.
 

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If I skipped gabepentin I had the worst restless leg cramps and burning myself
 
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