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03/14/2011 06:19 AM

How fast can I come off Gabapentin?

greenmomPosts: 140

I think this stuff is making me nuts. At first I was full of anxiety that I had never had before. Now I'm experiencing anger like I've never experienced it before. It's got to be the med. It is the only one I'm on now.

I'm not someone who tends to anger at all, so this is really shocking me. (ok, pun intented... the gabapentin is supposed to stop the electrical nerve sensatation - it helps sort of but doesn't stop it)

I know cold turkey is no good. Just reverse how I started it I guess? Over 2-3 weeks?

I'll call doc when they open but I thought there could be some BTDT info here.

Thank you!


03/14/2011 06:26 AM

Hi greenmom!

Definitely call your doc! usually if you are on 900mg they will know it down to 600mg for 2 weeks and then drop it down to 300mg for a couple more weeks and then your done. good luck to you and I hope you find the right med.

10/17/2011 05:44 PM

Just came across this thread. I am decreasing gabapentin, too. Depression and anger, just like you posted. I had anger on Lyrica, too, only Lyrica was worse.

I have never heard this before. Thought it was just me.

Hope your treatment is working out for you!


10/17/2011 06:35 PM
Posts: 174

I remember getting off of it in 1 week(reduced dosage every two days)due to suicide thoughts, but I was only on it for 3 months. You will have withdrawl symptoms, but they fade fast, just hang in there and don't worry some of us can relate. {hugs}

10/17/2011 06:42 PM

Hi Fibromom,

Odd, isn't it? I thought it was just me.

I think I can take 600mg at night. It helps me sleep. As soon as I went up to 900 I noticed a change in my thoughts. More depressed (I have depression), but also very kinda cranky, yet slowed. Like a mean cat. Then doc push to 1200mg. Well, that lasted less than a week. I am glad I did notnhave a rage episode like on Lyrica, but I wouldn't bet on it not happening if I stayed at that dose.

It's been about two months. I dropped back to 900mg past two days.

Withdrawals? I was just expecting the return of more painPinch

Thanks for the encouragement and sharing your rapid taper experience!

10/17/2011 06:58 PM
Posts: 174

Sparklehorse, I too was up to 900mg, but the thoughts were just too real. My mom took her life 3 years ago, I don't want any repeat you know? It just freaked me out, so I did confir with the doc and she said I could get off quickly as it would be in my best interest...yea, no did have nightmares, shakes, cold sweats, and headaches on top of all the fibro stuff...all I can say is hang in there and find what works for you. We are all here to help. {hugs}

10/18/2011 05:29 AM
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For sure talk to the dr because it may make a difference how long you were on it, but usually they reverse it in the same order you titrated up on it. I was supposed to go on it all the way up to 1800mg daily(3 600mg per day) when I was done and it was going to take me 1 1/2 months to get there.

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