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Hi everyone, new member here.
I've been taking Pregabalin since the beginning of the COVID Pandemic because I started having Panic Attacks and had anxiety 24/7. I was so overwhelmed with worry that I wasn't able to function normally anymore so I started taking Pregabalin. I started off on 300mg per day but that crept up to 600mg per day over the course of about a month. After 3 months on this dose I discovered just how addictive and dangerous this medication can be and the horror stories online scared me into wanting to get off of this drug.
When I decided I wanted to stop taking Pregabalin I tried Cold Turkey. I had no major withdrawal symptoms except for one - insomnia. I lasted 3 days without sleep before I caved in and took 300mg to get to sleep. After this experience I contacted my Dr to talk about the best way to get off this drug. I was surprised to discover my Dr had no idea this medication was addictive or was hard to stop taking. She spent the night researching the withdrawal symptoms and called me back the following day with a Taper Plan. The plan is as follows:
1 week of 150mg per night
1 week of 75mg per night
1 week of 75mg every 2nd night
Tonight is my last night on the 150mg dose and to be honest I am nervous. The drop from 600mg to 150mg wasn't as rough as I was expecting but sleep is more difficult. My anxiety has gone up a notch too, especially in the mornings and evenings.
So far I am managing the anxiety with Propranolol during the day time and have started smoking Indica Weed in the evenings to help me get to sleep. I am worried though that when I drop down to 75mg the withdrawals will get stronger again.
I was curious to know if any of you have been on Pregabalin for a similar stretch of time and what your experience was in getting off the medication? Also what do you think of the Taper plan my Dr told me to follow? Is 3 weeks a long enough time to taper successfully? Also, are the doses good for a taper plan? I want to get off this medication soon but at the same time I wonder if cutting the dose by half again might be too much too soon?
Thanks for reading, sorry if I rambled a little but I'm just after any kind of advice or support I can get right now.
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