Author Topic: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group  (Read 166195 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2013, 06:50:46 pm »
This is a question that always comes to me. I had cold turkeyed off of 3 mg of Klonopin in June of 2011. I was given 1600 mg/day of Neurontin. The Neurontin stopped the burning sensations I was having for that whole month I was at detox. When I left detox I had no Neurontin and these burning sensations came back. I would say the burning sensations were due to the Klonopin withdrawal and by taking the Neurontin it was covering up the Klonopin W/D sxs. As we know benzo W/D sxs can last a long time to fade away. I bet most detox places use Neurontin as a symptom relief drug for benzo withdrawals. So if you stop the Neurontin it may just be a return to the benzo W/D sxs.

Now ask someone who has never taken benzos but has only taken Neurontin and ask them what kind of symptoms do they have when they stop the Neurontin. This may be a way of finding out if your symptoms are due to benzo W/D or to Neurontin W/D. I guess if I stop my Neurontin and I only taper [...] at the end I will know that any sxs I have will be due to [...] W/D. I am just worried now that I will get symptoms as I taper off the Neurontin . I am hoping that since I am on a single dose of 300mg/day I will not have severe sxs. If I do have sxs fron stopping the Neurontin it may be possible to cover thes up by increasing my dosage of [...] or just staying on my current dose and waiting for the symptoms to subside before I begin my [...] Taper
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2013, 09:50:37 pm »
I have recently discovered how many people are actually on Neurontin. I think it's a popular drug to prescribe because it doesn't show up in a pee test. However, after a few searches online it seems as though people will try to abuse almost anything...including Gabapentin. Crazy. I'm down to two 3oo mg tabs a day. I think I can taper off pretty quickly. I mean hell, if I could get off xanax, I think I can do Neurontin. I've been taking lots of vitamins. B-12, Fish Oil, 5-HTP, and Melatonin @ night. This seems to help, and cleans my system out. :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2013, 12:53:17 am »
[...]- Your taper plan sound good. I used 7 days as a cut over point too. Our biggest difference is that I cold turkey off of [...] and the Nuerontin was being used to help control my [...] wd/sxs. I was never reinstated. My problem came when I started getting even more sxs. With trial and error I found out that the sxs were not [...] related, but Neurontin caused. The spots all over my body and the burning in my face/feet/ears got better once I stopped Neurontin. Other bad things started too. You always question is it benzo related or Neurontin related.  This time I knew it was Neurontin because it got worse when I would take my reduced dose and got better when I stopped.  I guess I will never know which is benzo or Neurontin now. My current sxs are Akathisia, burning feet/ears only at night for few hours, insomnia, teeth pain, tinnitus,  inner vibration, tingling all over, light sensitivity, tremors and a few others. I am now 19 days perscription free (off Trazadone) and 25 days Neurontin free and 148 days [...] free.  Good luck with the tapers and keep us posted. 

[...]- Good job on the supplements. I can not take them yet because when I do all of my sxs gets worse.  We are all different and our bodies react in different ways. I really think the [...] c/t messed up my cns [...] the Neurontin to take hold.  I tapered from 2400 mg down to 300 mg of Neurontin with very little problems and actually went well.  It was that last 300 that kicked my butt. Just be carefull and listen to your body.  I truly wish you well. Please keep us up to date on your tremendous future progress...

[...]- I could not get liquid form, but I was able to get 100mg capsules.  The pharmacists said it was OK to cut the powder. I[...] id 100mg cuts until the final then I did a 50mg for the last 4 days and jumped.  Good luck to you when you are ready.

Thanks all for sharing. Keep it coming. We can all learn from each other...  heal safe...[...]
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2013, 12:19:25 pm »
Is pregabalin the same as this?

I'm scared to change anything at the moment.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2013, 01:36:02 am »
Pregabalin versus gabapentin:     Pregabalin, like gabapentin, is an amino acid derivative of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA analogue).1,2 Pregabalin is the pharmacologically active S-enantiomer of 3-aminomethyl-5-methyl-hexanoic acid, and has a similar pharmacological profile to gabapentin.1 These agents are part of a unique class that have a high affinity to the alpha-2-delta protein in the CNS.3,4,5  Both agents have been shown to be effective for neuropathic pain disorders, however, only prebabalin has been FDA approved for both the management of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and post herpetic neuralgia.3,6,7     Pregabalin has been shown in studies to provide equivalent efficacy to gabapentin, however, at much lower doses.3,5 Because lower dosages can be used to treat neuropathic pain, it is likely that pregabalin will be associated with fewer dose-related adverse events.3,5Part of the reason why pregabalin requires lower dosages is that it has a much higher bioavailability (90% versus 33-66%) and is rapidly absorbed (peak: 1 hr). Also, plasma concentrations increase linearly with increasing dose.3 This is not true with gabapentin. Gabapentin is slowly absorbed (peak: 3 to 4 hours post-dose) and more importantly, plasma concentrations have been found to have a non-linear relationship to increasing doses. Pregabalin has been found to have distinct pharmacokinetic advantages over gabapentin.3       Pregabalin has shown greater potency than gabapentin in pain and seizure disorders.6  J. Fehrenbacher et al stated that pregabalin has been shown to have greater analgesic activity in rodent models of neuropathic pain.2 Further, D. Wesche et al noted that pregabalin is approximately 2.5 times more potent than gabapentin based on plasma concentrations.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2013, 03:17:30 pm »
[...], how long have you been off the [...]? You will probably have withdrawal from [...] for a long time. Why do you think your problem is neurontin? It actually helps with benzo withdrawal. Just my opinion.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2013, 03:34:15 pm »
[...], Why did they say no liquid neurontin. Children have to take it for seizures. Right? Also, I will [...] help, if there is no liquid, in titrating 100mg capsules. Would appreciate any help you can give. I probably won't do it any time soon, because I am 19 and 1/2 mos. out from 1mg xanax and I am still having a good many problems. My neurontin 300mg night only was for hot flashes after the Mayo Clinic took me off HRT--had breast cancer. During chemo, I was given xanax for sleep. So, I was already on 300mg neurontin when I stopped xanax. Any help for titrating neurontin is greatly appreciated.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2013, 09:46:52 pm »
Thanks [...].

I've been put on pregabalin to stabilise mood and as anti anxiety med. didn't have any pain?

Does anyone else experience fatigue due to this med?


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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2013, 11:54:17 pm »
Hi [...],

I really appreciate and cherish your opionion.I have been off [...] for 150 days today.  The reason I think most of my problems are Neurontin cause is because I did not have a lot of my sxs until I started the Neurontin. For instance I have never had Akathisia while on the benzo nor during the cold turkey, but once Neurontin was there for a while baam  I got it. Also the face, feet and ear burning would come 1 hour after taking Neurontin.  Even my brain clarity is back now after I stopped. The clincher was when my body developed a rash all over .  It may be some benzo, but I truely believe in my heart Neurontin is at the base of it all.

As far as the comment on liquid what I was trying to say was that liquid was never offered to me and I did not know it comes it liquid form. Hopfully you can find it.  I know nothing about titration, but when you are ready we can help find someone on [...] that will know how. I could have used a compounding pharmacy, but I just halfed the powder myself. I wish you all the [...] and [...] and I will help in any way I can even if it is just being here.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2013, 11:59:59 pm »
Dear [...],

I was never on pregabalin, but the Neurontin (cousin of pregabalin) actually rev me up. It never would make me tired and would make my heart beat fast. I always seem to be in the 1% where meds always have the paradoxical effect.  Drives me batty. I [...] your are doing well.  Heal fast and be safe.. Island.
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