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to start I want to be clear, I do not use illegal drugs, and I do not abuse RX drugs, and up until a few months ago, the most of anything I ever used was Coffee and Asprin. So it's a Long story that leads to Gabapentin but I am really hoping someone out there that has been through this can help, after this I don't trust my doctor, or my pharmacist. Doc placed my on .5 mg Klonpin 1x per day, for a stressful situation involving a family member, just so I could sleep and relax. He told me such a low dose is not dependency forming and I could come off of it no problem. I took it for 17 days and quit. Just 17 days... at the lowest dose possible I never took more than .5 in a single day. I know Benzo WD is no joke, and people are supposed to slow taper, and some people suffer for a long time. But those stories are always about people on high doses for long periods of time right?
My Withdrawal was so extreme I did not sleep at all for 2 nights, started hearing and seeing things, and was in a completely state of panic and fear and almost felt removed from reality. I experienced an extremely severe withdrawal that only kept getting worse, and 8 days later I was put on 8 milligrams of Valium to be reduce 1 mg a week until off. The idea being that Valium is more gentle and has a longer half life, and its really good for tapering. within 10 minutes of taking just 4 mg I felt almost normal again...So these crazy WD was clearly a reaction to the Klonopin as Valium is very much the same as Klonopin. After getting down to 4mg Valium daily from the 8 I was rxed, I started getting those symptoms again, although not as severe.
The Doctor said that Gabapentin is very well used in Alcohol detox, and that I must have a very sensitive system. So I take 900mg at night all at once about an hour before bed, and most nights it really helps me with sleep fairly well. However, the stressful event in my life has completely resolved during this time, and my mind is calm and clear so now any Anxiety or Insomnia can only be drug related. Now I am stuck with this Gabapentin. A drug that I was promised is "Nothing like benzos" , and "No one has problems coming off them" , and "Its not even a controlled substance". So I foolishly believed... What I found out is that quiting Gabapentin without tappering feels almost identical to the Benzo WD all the nasty anxiety and insomnia, but with some more fun things like: Stumbling and tripping, Not being able to think of words, feeling like I lost 10 IQ points, and burning skin sensations.
Okay... so if you made it this far. What do you think the right way to taper this drug is? and when you make a cut, how long do you feel it, and how long does it last before your body adjusts. yes... I know "EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT" I am just looking for some personal experiences so I can get a ballpark figure. Are most people okay with 100Mg drops? Or is it a good idea to take the capsule apart and remove some of the powder making the doses smaller.
I have been on Gabapentin for just 20 days at this point, and I am still tapering out the valium. So it will be 1 month before the valium is gone. Which will have me on Gaba for close to 2 months.
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