Author Topic: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group  (Read 146403 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2550 on: June 30, 2020, 01:43:14 am »
Oh wait, you already said it causes the body to produce less GABA. Funny you mentioned word retrieval problems, I have that all the time. Can't find the word I'm looking for. I worry a lot that I'm having pre-dementia.

It could cause the body to produce less GABA. I think that's what happens when the med seems to no longer work. I see gabapentin as something that may work in the short term, but in the long term, you're likely to habituate to it.

I told my doctor I was worried about dementia. She said it was more likely the benzo and the gabapentin and to wait until I got off before we considered it could be a disease process. I am so much better off the benzo and lower on the gabapentin that I know it was the drugs. I think you will be amazed how much better your brain works once you're off these drugs.

I see you're very low on [...]. You might find this group helpful: 3, 2, 1 [...] Support Group

I've been on gabapentin for over 8 years so kinda worried about getting off. Sign, one step at a time. Thanks for recommending me to the support group
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2551 on: June 30, 2020, 03:20:19 am »
Oh wait, you already said it causes the body to produce less GABA. Funny you mentioned word retrieval problems, I have that all the time. Can't find the word I'm looking for. I worry a lot that I'm having pre-dementia.

It could cause the body to produce less GABA. I think that's what happens when the med seems to no longer work. I see gabapentin as something that may work in the short term, but in the long term, you're likely to habituate to it.

I told my doctor I was worried about dementia. She said it was more likely the benzo and the gabapentin and to wait until I got off before we considered it could be a disease process. I am so much better off the benzo and lower on the gabapentin that I know it was the drugs. I think you will be amazed how much better your brain works once you're off these drugs.

I see you're very low on [...]. You might find this group helpful: 3, 2, 1 [...] Support Group

I've been on gabapentin for over 8 years so kinda worried about getting off. Sign, one step at a time. Thanks for recommending me to the support group

I've been on it for years, too, but really, it was much easier to reduce than the benzo. I was sure I was feeling good before I tried to reduce it. I think that's the key. You are right, one step at a time. :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2552 on: June 30, 2020, 03:20:50 pm »
I would very much like to hear how you tapered, after I'm done with diazepam of course
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2553 on: June 30, 2020, 10:50:12 pm »
I would very much like to hear how you tapered, after I'm done with diazepam of course

I have capsules. Gabapentin is water soluble, so I dumped capsules into water to made a liquid to taper. Then I did a daily micro taper. When you get there, a good person to ask about using a liquid is Bob7. I've seen him help people with the math of converting to liquid. He is often in the Daily Microtaper Support group. I'm not tapering gabapentin now. I'm pill splitting my Seroquel. My plan is to get rid of as much Seroquel as I can and then go back to the gabapentin taper.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2554 on: July 01, 2020, 09:43:19 am »
Thank you so much for your replies. I think I will give myself more time and start tapering gabapentin once I have recovered.

[...] - my flumazenil detox was horrific. It threw me into acute withdrawal which was way worse than any previous attempts at tapering. It's not something I would recommend - I am happy though to be off benzos. I was in such a bad state after being all that time in tolerance withdrawal that I know I wouldn't have had the strength to put myself through a long taper.

Phoenix

Hi Phoenix, I'm sorry the flumazenil didn't cushion the acute phase like it's claimed to do. I guess it doesn't work. How long were you in that acute wd state if you don't mind me asking? Maybe the flumazenil made it last less? Yes, definitely wait till you feel normal before tapering another med. You'[...] do great when the time comes.

Thank you [...]. I'm not exactly sure how long my acute withdrawal lasted. During the first four weeks I mostly had physical symptoms. Afterwards these got a little better but at the same time I started with insane anxiety and depression. Overall the first four months were horrific - it's only recently that I have been a little better
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2555 on: July 19, 2020, 02:13:11 pm »
PHoenix, I'm glad you made it through and that you're free now. It must be great not to take that pill every day.

I'm reading you guys and now I'm worried about dementia. I've been on gabapentin for one year and my psyck dr doesn't want me off that until I'm done with the [...], and that's going to take years so I don't know...
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2556 on: July 19, 2020, 11:48:42 pm »
PHoenix, I'm glad you made it through and that you're free now. It must be great not to take that pill every day.

I'm reading you guys and now I'm worried about dementia. I've been on gabapentin for one year and my psyck dr doesn't want me off that until I'm done with the [...], and that's going to take years so I don't know...

Hey V, I don't think [...] was saying it leads to dementia but that it has some dementia-like symptoms. I read that one on the side effects is memory loss. I wouldn't worry about it if you've only been on it for a year. I hate my idiot doc who put me on such a high dose, along with hydocodone, [...], and SSRIs
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2557 on: July 20, 2020, 12:46:16 am »
PHoenix, I'm glad you made it through and that you're free now. It must be great not to take that pill every day.

I'm reading you guys and now I'm worried about dementia. I've been on gabapentin for one year and my psyck dr doesn't want me off that until I'm done with the [...], and that's going to take years so I don't know...

Hey V, I don't think [...] was saying it leads to dementia but that it has some dementia-like symptoms. I read that one on the side effects is memory loss. I wouldn't worry about it if you've only been on it for a year. I hate my idiot doc who put me on such a high dose, along with hydocodone, [...], and SSRIs

Correct.  :thumbsup: 
Benzos do the same. IMHO, the benzo is more dangerous than the gabapentin.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2558 on: August 17, 2020, 03:26:42 pm »
Help!
I just got of the phone with my psych. She doesnt know I'm tapering. I [...] go the bathroom. I asked her if effexor or gabapentin could be the problem. I never went much anyway but this is ridiculous. She lowered my gabapentin by 300. I'm just starti g to stabilize. I didnt tell her because she doesnt believe me about benzos. She just scream at me. She always asks if someone else is prescribing me meds. It's weird. Anyway will I be ok. I'm scared. I really [...] wait till I never have to go back there again. My therapist is useless as well. Sorry.
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[Buddie]

Re: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Withdrawl Support Group
« Reply #2559 on: August 17, 2020, 07:14:35 pm »
Help!
I just got of the phone with my psych. She doesnt know I'm tapering. I [...] go the bathroom. I asked her if effexor or gabapentin could be the problem. I never went much anyway but this is ridiculous. She lowered my gabapentin by 300. I'm just starti g to stabilize. I didnt tell her because she doesnt believe me about benzos. She just scream at me. She always asks if someone else is prescribing me meds. It's weird. Anyway will I be ok. I'm scared. I really [...] wait till I never have to go back there again. My therapist is useless as well. Sorry.

That's a big cut. But give it time. You will stabilize.

It sure will be great when we never have to go back to a bad doc again! Lucky for me, mine moved away and my new doc seems much more kind.

It helps to remember that sometimes a doctor is just ornery because of something else that has nothing to do with me. It's not an excuse, though. They should not yell at people [...].
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