Prescribed 3x300mg gabapentin for short term?

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Recently, a family member was prescribed Venlafaxine er and gabapentin after being in a mental hospital for seven days. The prescription calls for the gabapentin to be taking three times a day but only has enough does for four days. In fact it only has 14ct which would leave the last dose missing.

What do I do here considering all the withdrawal issues people claim? I understand that if he doesn't need it anymore that he needs to be weaned off. Though, it looks like after the next refill that he will literally be cold turkey. He has an appointment in January but will be out of this medicine by next week. What do I do?

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    I’m no dr but if I was you O would call who ever put him on it and find out! I was on 900mg for three months and it was hell! I’ve been off approx 25 days and I’m still going through withdrawals! Everyone is different! Like I said I would get a hold of the dr and tell him/her your concerns! They definitely don’t need withdrawals from what I call a evil drug! Just letting you know I am going through hell! So find out! Wish the best!!
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      I've seen a ton of people speaking praise for this drug too. Heck, the person taking it now hasn't given any complaints about it. My big concern is if they don't plan on this being a long term medication and him all of sudden just stop taking it. If he needs to keep taking it then fine but if not then I want to know how we can ease him off it.

      We are gonna call tomorrow to see what they say. So far I haven't really noticed any negative side effects.

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      Drew

      I’m not saying it won’t work for this person! It just was hell for me! I was fine until about 2 weeks on it! It depends I guess also what they were put on it for! You do have to wean off! My doctor had me drop 1 (300mg) every 5-7 days! I started out taking:

      1 (300mgs) for 3 days

      2(300mgs) for 3 days

      3(300mgs)to get to my 900mg/day. Best thing is to talk to their Dr. Hope this helps some! Good Luck

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      Barely been a week since he has been on both meds. Honestly, I don't know if whatever pain he had was from his mental issues or because he had some actual physical pain. Only way to know is to wean him off or simply keep him on if it works.

      Def gonna talk to his doctor.

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      Hi Diane I've been on gabapentin for 4 months now and started on.

      3 x 300mg a day

      Then the next month

      3 x 400mg a day

      Then

      3 x 600mg a day

      And now  on 800mg a day 2400mg in total a day and I feel fine even though the pain in my affected area has not completely gone and It takes a good few week for this medication to start working properly so I'd tell the person who has concerns about the affects to help there family member to stick with it because they wouldn't of prescribed it for no reason at all and to get intouch with there mental health care worker or there doctor to get more advice and to try and get a refill for until the appointment in January as there is no point taking it for a week because it won't start really working in a week

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      He is basically taking it because he complained of pain all over when in the psych ward. Not eating, taking meds, laying down all day, and losing weight. Can honestly take a huge toll on you mentally.

      The issue now is if he actually needs to take this medicine and if it is interfering with the venlafaxine er he takes each morning. It's hard to say as it has barely been two weeks at this point.

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      I was put on it even though they didn’t know why I had the pain! Turns out it was very tight muscles in my neck and base of skull that was cutting blood flow off to my head! Reason for headaches! If it works for you great!! I’m just saying it was not for me and people need to know the things that can happen! Everyone is different!!
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    SOUNds like He is already taking it. Please take Him to His Primary and if it were Me then I would wean off it! My mental health worsened but I was taking it for nerve pain. I'm still trying to wean off and have 1000 mg to go! The lower the dose is that You get to the withdrawals get harder. The first 2400 mg was a piece of cake compared to each 100 mg I'm doing now!  I was on it for 5 years at 3600 mg not knowing it was the reason I was so sick!  If I didn't get My dose for even 1 time I would start withdrawals. Then if it was longer I went absolutely crazy. Had My Daughter not explained what I was missing They would've put Me on psyche floor. I still had to have a Sitter 24-7 plus hands tied down until it got back in system and I returned to normal. I hit a Nurse and then laughed!! I couldn't believe it. I've never hit anyone before and had I not been in ICU with septic pnuemonia I would've got in trouble legally!  Lucky They understood but the Staff wasn't as nice after that!! Wow!  Please do talk to a Doctor! Be careful of increases because that's what They like to do and say it's a safe alternative to opiates and benzos!! Merry Xmas and will pray for You!!

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      What was you prescribed for your mental health concerns? They gave him Vitamin B12 with the gab and I'm wondering if it because it depletes your B12 levels. I just don't want him to all of sudden be cold turkey.

       

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      Mine was for depression. Chronic pain will do that to You plus anxiety!  Everyone is different so it just depends on His body or brain and cvs. If only a week might not be bad. As mine was being increased I became kinda paranoid about People talking about Me. Suffered from short term memory loss thought I had dementia. I stopped being able to even care for self. My Daughter had to become My caretaker. I couldn't think!  After I started having seizures and lowered dose I got my mind back!!  Evil drug!!  Good luck and merry Xmas!

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      I understand where ur coming from but doctors don't like giving out morphine, OxyContin and oxycodone unless ur a cancer patient  or have very servier pain that nerve drugs won't touch so gabapentin and pre-gabalin is the only thing they can prescribe   

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      Is he eating properly cos that's the only reason I can think of why they'd prescribe vitamins

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    How long has he been on 900mg a day for? If it's only a week then there is nothing to be worried about from withdrawal off the ganapemtim ita if he's been on them for over a month  or over and if u need to get more gabapentin for him until the review. In January then book am appointment with his G.P. or his mental health care worker

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    Hello, I would contact who ever of the facility put him on the gabs. I did have trouble until I decided to go off of it. The with drawl whether one has been on it for a couple of months or years as in my case. But I would seek a doc care. Blessings
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