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Day 6 of Coolsculpt and Neurontin Not Working?

I had coolsculpt done on my lower and upper abs last wednesday. I had intense pain yesterday and my doctor prescribed Neurontin. She said take one at bedtime and thats it. It did not help at all with the pain last night. Do I need to call her to see if I can take 2 per day instead if just 1?

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Dealing With Discomfort Post CoolSculpting

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It sounds like the symptoms you are describing are normal for six days after abdominal CoolSculpting.  Not every patient who receives this treatment will experience this intensity.  Many practices will prescribe a nerve blocker for the patient who reports certain side effects.  If you have questions regarding your medication and dosage then you should contact your provider who treated you.

These side effects can start a few days after CoolSculpting and are usually resolved after the first three weeks.  The intensity of side effects varies greatly between patients and some experience no side effects at all.  Many patients find relief in ice packs, stretching, or compression.  My practice offers a complementary package called CoolSculpting Complete.  This includes dual machines for faster treatment, compression garments for comfort, and vibrational therapy to assist lymphatic removal of the fat cells.  Free CoolSculpting is also available at my practice through Instant Rebates.  My patients enjoy one free CoolSculpting session with each session purchased.  You can find a top CoolSculpting provider by visiting their website.


Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Day 6 after Coolsculpting

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When you have questions about how a medication is prescribed or should be taken, always consult the physician that prescribed it for you.  She may have a particular protocol she wants you to follow with the medication and would certainly be interested in your progress and how you're healing or if your pain is not subsiding.  The pain should subside on its own in time, regardless of medication.  Some patients find compression garments helpful, ibuprofen, Lidoderm patches.  Follow up with the physician that treated you whenever you have any doubts, concerns or questions.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Pain after coolsculpting

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Usually gabapentin is prescribed with an escalating dose so your doctor may agree to have you take more. They need to decide if it is ok to take with other medication that you might be taking already for other conditions, and to discuss with you the risks.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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We use Lidoderm patches very successful for locaized pain after Cool Sculpting.  My own pain was responsive to ibuprofen and lasted about a week.  Your physician will know whether additional neurontin will help.  Call her! At least you know that your treatment was effective.

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