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I have genalized anxiety disorder and depression and I don't want to take benzos. I got a prescription of GABA pentin I've heard it works great for alot of people. I have 2 questions what dose is effective to feel relief because I tried 800 mg a day and felt nothing? The next question is does this drug work within hours or do I have to wait a week for it to kick in?
 
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Many doc's push the dose to a much higher dosage it's a well tolerated drug I may need more than 800 mgplease help
 
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Are you sure doctors push that far because that’s over the clinical acceptable dosage for a day and what the FDA have as an acceptable dose for a day.

As an answer to when you will be feeling an effect, it will take between a week to a month until you will feel an effect and the effective dosage vary between people. So that’s something you will need to talk with your doctor and be honest that it’s not working for the moment.

You should never do changes alone, you should always talk with your doctor when it comes to medicine and dosage. Also bare in mind Gabapentin is a medicine that get titrated over a certain time period.
 
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Yes I'm well aware of the FDA guidelines of 3600 MG's. But some good phychiatrists who are well educated know how well tolerated this drug is and will increase it if nessecary
 
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I had no idea it could take gabapentin a month to work??
 
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The reason for having a max dosage is for the overall population. Where a higher dosage mean a higher risk for side-effects. The reason the dosage should be slowly built up to the maintenance dose. So they often start with a lower dose and later increase it. This will minimize risk of getting side-effects. So have a contact with your doctor and if you still feel no effects inform them and don’t do any changes alone.

Gabapentin need time until it have an effect when it comes to anxiety or depression, it will vary between people because we are all different. Compared if it was for the common treatment for nerve pain or seizures the effects will be felt faster.
 
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I just told you I am well aware of what the recommended max dose is BUT for people who NEED it a smart doctor will up the dose and keep an eye out for side effects. Often doctors will even push up the dose to 5000mgs if they need to get severe anxiety under control. I believe I need a higher dose and more time for this to work
 
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