Please help to get off Gabapentin

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I need help getting off gabapentin 

I take 300 mg in the morning and 300 at night.

I would like to quit these pills.  I just want to be my old self again.  I was never in so much pain to be chained to a drug this.

Can someone please help?

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    First get your doctor to give you a script for 100mg capsules. Then decrease by 100mg over a period of 4 weeks, once achieved that and if you are feeling okay, go down another 100mg over another 4 weeks.....it will take long, but I believe you will not have all the awful side effects of quitting.

     

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      Hi Nancy, firstly my apologies for the italics, I can't switch it off!

      I spoke to my gp yesterday about tapering from 900 mg a day and he advised me that 100 mg a week reduction would work without side effects . . . . I'm very sceptical about this - I tried once before and the side effects were awful, rapid eye movements, vertigo, nausea, I had a conversation with him about this but he is fairly adamant that this will work . . .  .am I too anxious about this or should I follow my instincts and take it much more slowly . . . my thinking is reduce by 100 mg, wait until my body gets used to that, then reduce by another 100 . . . .I'd value the opinions of others.

      Thanks, Susan

       

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    I would talk to your doctor about weaning off of them slowly.  I took Gabapentin, but only for a short time.  I realized right away it was not working for me, so I had no problems stopping it.  However, I was just reading posts last night in a Facebook group from individuals who had a terrible time getting off of it.  Everyone reacts to it differently.  I have been able to get off all prescription medications for fibromyalgia, except 1.  I am still on Effexor,  I tried to get off of it by weaning down my dose slowly.  I spent 2 and a half months doing it.  I got down to the lowest dose and when it was time to stop completely I still got sick.  So sick that when my doctor said I should just get back on it I said OK.  If I miss 1 dose I get sick.  I hate it.  Everything else I take are natural supplements and I want off the Effexor so bad, but don't know what else to do!!!  Good luck to you.

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    Hi Jeff, I am in the process of coming off of gabapentin.. 

    would I be able to ask the side effects you had from gabapentin?? 

    They caused me so much mental suffering it’s been awful. Can’t wait for them to be out my syestem so I can get my mind back! 

    I hope this process ends quickly for you🙏 

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    My max dose was 300mg a day, 3 capsules of 100mg. Only for couple months then tapered myself off over a week. It’s been 3 weeks since off the med, felt bad for a while but better since yesterday!

    I would taper really slow, like Nancy says.. that will minimize the side effects. And once you’re off the medication, magnesium supplements help.  

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