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For anyone who is interested, here is my latest update as I have stopped 1800mg gabapentin and 15mg methadone daily for 4 months.
After 3 weeks off of the drugs, things are noticeably better and I have much greater clearity of what the drugs were doing to me while I was on them. I still have a little difficulty getting to sleep, but I am now sleeping at least 6 hours/night without the use of any sleep aid.
Remember, this is just my experience; and, I was only on the drugs for 4 months. Your experiences in getting off of these things might be quite different. And also please keep in mind that I quit cold turkey, against almost everyone's advice.
Week 1 - Absolute misery. I don't believe I ever became suicidal, but I did consider it as an option a couple of times. Severe Insomnia. During week 1 off of the drugs I only slept 1 - 1 1/2 hours each night; couldn't sleep at all during the day and was constantly exhausted. When I went to bed I just tossed and turned. I got agitated much more easily/frequently than normal. I started taking a magnesium supplement and a B12 pill.
Week 2 - Insomnia got a bit better. Toward the end of the 2nd week off of the drugs I still had a difficult time getting to sleep; but, I started averaging 4 hours/night most nights. I began taking benadryl before bed. It seemed to help. Absolutely no energy. Walking from one end of the house to the other wore me out. Started to notice that the agitation was diminishing.
Week 3 - Much more improvement. Stopped using benadryl before bedtime. Still a little difficulty getting to sleep, but now getting 6 hours per night. Agitation gone. Slowly noticing that I'm regaining a little stamina, but I still wear done quickly. Most importantly, I'm thinking much more clearly than I have since I started taking the drugs.
Again, this is just a snippet of what I've experienced as I've taken myself off of the drugs; your experience might be much different. Regardless, I encourage anyone out there who is trying to rid themselves of these things to hang in there and go into it knowing that it might seem to get worse before it gets better. My best of wishes to all of you who are dealing with this particular monster.
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