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PHerring: gabapentin taper


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I have tried 3 times to come off gabapentin, I take a 100 mg. in the morning and 2- 100 milligram at night. I cut the morning dose in half and by the 7th day I was crying, anxiety, insomnia, jittery, burning sensation and tingling in arms and legs, nervous system was shot, so yesterday I re instated , I couldnt stand it any longer, still not feeling normal..I want to stabalize for a month and try again, I know you recommend  10 % cuts, that would be fine for me, I may have to even go to 5, since I am so sensitive to meds. What I need to know is how do you cut the pills by 10%, and which pill would you start cutting , morning or night...I  think you said something about water tritation, but I dont understand that. Guess I am dumb..lol...I just want off this meds, I have been on them for about a year and a half for anxiety, and was feeling good, so tried weaning..Appreciate any information on this..

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I've moved your post to the Introductions topic.  That forum gets the most traffic and you will not get overlooked there... one of the mods who knows more about gabapentin tapering will be along to help you shortly.

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.


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Hi PH-- welcome to the group.  Looks like you found us just in time.  Going back on the gabapentin was a good idea, now you can get stable and we can work out a taper that will get you off of it with a lot less pain. We have a lot of information about the things you're asking about, I'll give you a few links to get started with;


What is withdrawal syndrome?


Tips for tapering off Neurontin (gabapentin)


How to cut up tablets or pills


There is a lot more information, but let's not over load you on the first post.


One other thing, would you please make a signature block with your drug history in it, it will really help us to have all the information in one place.


Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017


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