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Gabapentin works to relieve pain by altering the way your body senses pain. You should notice that your pain from shingles starts to improve over one to two weeks after starting gabapentin, but it may take longer in some people. However, some people feel the benefit straight away.
Gabapentin is a medication that needs to be gradually increased.
The usual recommendation for pain from shingles is;
day 1; one 300 mg pill
day 2: one 300 mg pill twice daily
day 3: one 300 mg pill three times a day
and thereafter working up to 600 mg three times a day. Doses above 1800 mg a day have not been shown to have greater benefit.
Because everyone's tolerance to medications varies, be sure to discuss your use of gabapentin with your doctor.
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