anyone take gabapentin and amitryptyline?

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Hi been on gabapentin 56 days started 100 mg 3 x daily and eventually went upto 300 mg 3 x daily stayed here 12 days and i am currently back on 200 mg 3 x daily. Gp has prescribed amitriptyline as the gabapentin has not helped my sciatica. He says i can start amitriptyline now while on gabapentin and  may help with coming off of gabapentin. Anyone found amitriptyline  helped with the side effects of coming off of gabapentin? I am fine no side effects as yet but, wondered if i could come off of gabapentin quicker if start amitriptyline?

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    Hi Amanda, I was on Gabapentin for 14 mnths 200 mg at night. I actually though I was going blind while on it

    One of the many side effect I had while on it was blurred vision. I have been off it about 4 mnths now. Withdrawal was rough. Didn't take anything else while withdrawing. I see Chiropractor for Sciatca

    He helps as that is gone too. Am glad to be off Gaba. Will never go on that stuff again.


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      Hi marie, my eyes too have become poor, i had an eye test last year and my plus 1 ready readers are fine. but, now my eye sight has deteriorated greatly xx how long did you take to wean off it marie? what symptoms did you have ? x
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    It is perfectly possible to come off gabapentin without going onto another drug. The dr just reduces the dose slowly. Hope that helps.
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    I am on both and that is because i was wrongly diagnosed of Trigeminal Neuralgia which is a nerve pain similar to sciatica. While Gabapentin is used for treating Nerve pain, Amitriptyline is used for treating High Blood Pressure. The truth that I have discovered in my case is that my nerve pain was triggered by High Blood Pressure so i should have been prescribed drugs for that alone. Gabapentin is a very terrible drugs. It is NOT a drug you can stop taking by yourself unless on doctors advice. It is a killer drug and should only be taking and managed on your doctors advice. I am not familiar with sciatica which i believe as another form of nerve pain but if your doctor advice that you should stop taking Gabapentin then you need a total medical advice on how to taper off it. I wish you all the best.

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