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After approximately 4 months of 1800mg gabapetin and 15mg methadone daily for nerve pain I made the decision that the long term effects of the drugs were not worth the risk and stopped them cold turkey. My VA GP was not thrilled with my decision but reluctantly said it was okay and to keep in touch with him if I developed problems with the withdrawal.
Today is my 10th day off of them. I write this for the benefit of anyone else out there struggling to get off of these drugs. This is my experience only, and I am certainly not a physician. This is an FYI only.
The first week off the drugs was horrible...mostly severe insomnia. I only slept about 1 1/2 to 2 hours each night for a week. Additionally, I have had almost zero energy. A walk around the house wears me out, and then I am still unable to sleep.
Two nights ago I began taking some benedryl before going to bed. It helped a little. The past 2 nights I have slept at least 3 hours. I still an extremely lethargic.
I've been tempted to resume a small amount of the gabapentin in order to sleep, but refuse to give in to the evil stuff and am resolved to stay off of it until I am completely recovered.
Please understand that this has been my experience; yours may be completely different. Just wanted to put it out there.
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