Gabapentin Withdrawal After Only A Week On It At Low Dose

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Dean Says:

Hi. Please help. Was only gabapentin 200mg at nighttime for just over a week. Side effects were awful. Really bad dizzy spaced out feeling. Heart racing. Couldn't hack it anymore so dropped down to 100mg for 2 nights then stopped. So total dose nor more than 2500mg in 12 days.
Well I'm now day 19 post and everyday is like Groundhog Day. Dizzy and spaced out with a heavy feeling in the head. Can't drive, focus much or even read. Writing this is a chore! Some tachycardia and anxiety but would imagine this may be more to do with the frustration than anything else but who knows? Sleep is more or less ok.
Drs have no idea, including pain specialists. They just quote me he half life and say should be been out of my body after 7 hours!!
Read a lot about magnesium and been using it orally and topically. Also calcium and vitamin D and C.
All my bloods including magnesium levels are normal.
I dont drink alcohol or take my other meds or painkillers.

Im Assuming this is withdrawal but cannot beer stand how such a skating key short dose for a very short period of time has affected me for 3 weeks after stopping.
I know everyone is different but this isn't getting better as least not that u can tell and I've now made an appointment to see a neurologist although I doubt there is anything they can go or say.
Really scared, just want someone to tell me they've been through the same with such little of this evil drug and give me an idea how much longer I gave to go through this hell. Thanks in advance

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CDB Says:
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I started taking Gabapentin in August/2015 for Shingles pain. Too high an initial dose gave me such bizarre dreams and a disconnect from my surroundings. This is a powerful mind altering drug. 300 mg 3xdaily became my salvation to unrelenting nerve pain. The pain turned into PHN so I was kept on Gabapentin after the blistery Shingles rash healed. For that period of time, I felt like an observer in my life with a slowed reaction time mentally and physically. I am active and a fitness instructor so this was all frustrating! I made an uniformed decision to stop cold turkey and my body and mind were like they were on speed...or rather, how I assume that would feel. I could not even make it through 24 hours. After some research, I learned you cannot and should not stop this drug cold turkey. I waited for a doctor's appt to discuss pain control options and in late October, when my pain lessened with use of a topical compound, my dose was reduced to 300mg at night. In mid December, insomnia kicked in with hyperactive thoughts. I have never had sleeping problems before Gabapentin. I determined my mind was reacting to the effects of it and that my body/pain may not need the drug as much. So I reduced my nightly dose for 10 days, then went to every other night on the reduced dose. I have now gone 2 days w/o it. I am sleeping solidly, but waking groggy physically and mentally. I am aching. BUT...I know it is part of the process to stop, am doing it gradually, and feel I can successfully quit. As one who really controls medication this will be a big relief. Reading that others shared my experience helped, as well as knowing that one must absolutely taper off. Everyone is unique, but in my reading and experience, an abrupt stop will make you feel crazy. Hope this helps!

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Guy Says:
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Been on gabapentin 19 days 100mg 3 times a day 200mg for a week and the last 3 days 100mg can I just stop now and how long do symptoms last

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David Says:

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From reading the first two posts on this thread I think that going cold-turkey off gabapentin is not a wise decision, even at a small dose. Granted, 19 days on a medication doesn't seem very long in retrospect, but to play it safe I would personally work closely with a doctor on a tapering plan for any length of time that you both see fit. That way if you do end up experiencing any unwanted side effects or withdrawal symptoms, at least it can be mitigated. There may also be various over-the-counter supplements that one could use to help alleviate certain symptoms as they arise, such as magnesium for restless legs, CBD oil for anxiety or insomnia, etc...

How have you been doing since you last posted?

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cureious Says:

Same feelings. Was on 100 mg nightly for about 7 weeks straight for globus issues. Did not work and went cold turkey. About 5-6 days after quitting CT, for the last 8 days very spaced out feeling, blurry vision, detachment from my surroundings. Its slowly getting better. Very strong stuff. Scary since I dont take any other medications and I am only 34. Never taking this crap again.

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keelay71 Says:

it took me 2 years to feel normal again after coming off that damn drug! Satans drug for sure, stay far away from it, i went through over 40 withdrawal side effects coming off of it...

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