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gabapentin withdrawal

Last year i was given gabapentin 300 mg 4 times aday  and paracetamol 2 tbs for neopathic neck pain  after an MRI they found  formical spinal steniosis and compressed nerve damage

after falling down a flight of stairs.

This appeared to work but had horrible side effects

Mostly weight gain and fatigue.

Recently have had a CT guided steriod injection  so decided to stop the gabapentin to see if steriod has had any effect.

I do wish i had read up on this drug before going cold turkey as now i am super struggling with withdrawal symptoms.

Extreme pain in my arms and fingers and sometimes in my legs sweating from my eyes. Headaches

Insomiea and restlessness to name a few.

After 2 days of putting up with the withdrawal i have had to go back on it again but trying to drop to two tablets a day instead of four. Any ideas or suggestions on what may help gratefully accepted.

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  • katie159 katie159 joyce19646

    It seems to me that trying to restabilize you past drug regime is the thing to do, then to reduce those you are not happy with at a slower rate. Good luck, i"m  sure this will work..

  • joh13240 joh13240 joyce19646

    I have done many withdrawals from a lot meds including most of the common opioids and nerve main meds. The worst was a topical pain cream that was custom compounded and had 7 different meds in it, 3 of which you can only get in a hospital.

    my experiance is that going cold turky verses gradually lowering the dosage is comparable to a choice of either a quick or a slow agonizing death. You have to make a choice as to which is worse and go with it. Most doctors recommend the slow method which is a path that I have not and will not choose. 

    Good luck on your choice and be sure to have some kind of support to help you through it.

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