Gabapentin No More

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Hi all... I take 300 mgs 4x's a day at 8:00 AM,  2:00 PM and then 5:00 pm and again 7:00 PM. I am only taking it to avoid withdrawals during the day and the HORRIFIC body aches/leg twitching at night. I do not need it anymore otherwise.

Please help me know the best way to come off of this.

Thanks!

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    Hi there,

    I have to agree, that coming off this is best done under drs supervision, preferably a senior dr like a consultant in a pain clinic. You dnon't want to be messing with this drug, you are on quite a hefty dose. As someone who has managed to come off gabapentin / pregabalin ( I have had them both ), there is not a magic way to come off this. I looked at this a bit like anything else you know your body is going to crave you to take, I gave myself a date that I would start. I had the correct doeage from my drs to start dropping it down, I did it weekly as I take a lot of other meds too, what I did find was that I personally was in more pain ( nerve pain ) for 2/3 days every time a dropped the dose, but I stuck to my guns and tried to distract myself ( meditation, reading, etc )....as it would have been easy to think ''oh, I'll have a week off'', but I had made up my mind that it had enough impact on my cognitive function and short term memory over a few years on it, and I was stopping it. I am nearly a year off it now, I still can get intolerable nerve pain and am taking nothing for it, however I look at it that it's not going to last forever, and eventually get through it.....see a dr before you start, you'll need to to get the right doses anyway to drop the dose down gradually

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      Thank you Holly1974 and 2wilma60. I did speak to my Dr and she does not believe there are wds . So I called my pharmacist who gave me my taper schedule. I didn't know how soon to expect wds, how long they may last. Is there any method to ease the muscle twitching?

      Thank you!

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      Hi there,

      There are too many drs ignorant to this drug, it makes me so mad, and I have a degree in pharmacology ! and have worked in the pharma industry in the past. I never suffered too bad from muscle twitching, so am afraid I cannot offer much advice there. The one thing I noticed was the inc. in pain every time I dropped the dose down. Just grinned and beared it for a couple of days, and swore will never go back on it. One dr told me that there was evidence that after a year or so that it's efficacy declined for treatment of nerve pain....receptor numbers change when many drugs are taken, thus altering the effect of the chemical at a receptor level. Too many drs sadly have a poor understanding of pharmacology, and I have found the lack of knowledge of GABA drugs to be shocking from a personal perspective. Just take it slow, you can always maintain that dose another week if you cannot face a further drop down, just don't give up, and if you feel v unwell seek advice from someone who knows about this medication. I took 1800mg of this for a long time ....split over 3 doses over the day, it went from wonder pill to my worst enemy over time !

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