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Leg edema progressing over a week with 7lb weight gain. On

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Leg edema progressing over a week with 7lb weight gain. On Gabapentin for neuropathy and mental health issues. gradual increase of dose from 300 mg 3/7/16 to 600mg then 900 mg on 4/28 then 1200 .Saw cardiologist today. Been on midodrine for ortho static hypotension. Cardiologist feels it is not cardiac. Been on lasiks 20 mg am Pottasium 40 mgER x 5 days with little improvement. Psychiatrist was told of edema but increased gaba so obviously not aware of side effect. Want told wean off but Plz advise how told be weaned..
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: severe swelling. Little improvement laying down.
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should be aware of?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


Gaba does not require weaning in most cases.

However, that is not up to you alone, or us.

That needs to be done by your doctor.

He might simply reverse the dosing, going down step by step over a week.

It is usually not needed.

Edema can also be from bad veins in the legs, liver disease, kidney disease and thyroid disease.

All of these need to be ruled out.

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