UGH!! the Gabapentin taper.. for it not being a controlled substance where I live, I think it should be! I suffered horrible anxiety attacks, sweating, chills..just miserable. I tapered mine waaay too fast, though. I was on 800 3x/day and went completely off within about 2 months. I ended up so miserable that I had to go back on 100 mg once-twice a day until I was finally able to get off. I'm still suffering from anxiety and I've been off of it for over 4 months now. Be careful! Come to find out that it can cause seizures and some really horrible withdrawl symptoms.
Just taper off slowly, I pray that you are ok. I wish i had never taken that stuff! I gained 150 pounds, it caused my joints to deteriorate worse. One good thing is that the weight I gained is nealy all gone now! In the 6 mos or so since I started to taper my Gabapentin, I've managed to lose all but about 25 pounds of the weight I gained! It is helping my pain immensely. My life has improved incredibly.
This isn’t really an answer. I didn’t know they used gabapetin for anxiety. And I didn’t know it was a controlled substance. I take 1-400 mg capsule at night for restless leg syndrome. It definitely doesn’t help me with stress or anxiety. I want to wish u the best of luck.
Cut your dosage by 1/4 for a week; then the same for the next 3 weeks.
Hi there. Congrats on your 5 years clean. Awesome and inspiring. So, now you'll work this out as well. Absolutely taper sweetie. I don't think we can give an actual taper schedule as it is different for each dosage and person. But SLOW. If you think 2 days is too fast (although that is what most docs recommend), go with 3. By the way, the nurse practitioner that prescribed it who no longer can, is she able to still be your care provider? She'd be excellent to keep in the loop about this and get guidance and support too.
Hi Beyondblessed, I am so happy to hear you are not taking pain pills any longer.. good for you. What were you prescribed the Gaba-pentin for? It was first used for epilepsy, and then used off label to treat pain. I have been prescribed it for nerve pain in my feet, (from broken toes years ago which developed arthritis), and it helps.
You are on a fairly low dose and I don't think it would be too hard to stop taking it, not medically anyway.. Why not open each capsule and dump a little out every day. Just take a little away each day. If you got off opiate pain pills, this should be not be too bad. Gaba-pentin is a precusor to Pre-gabalin which is naturally occurring in the brain.