I have been taking gabapentin 300mg for sleep for about a year and a half. How can I come off this without getting insomnia?
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300mg Gabapentin is more for nerve pain. You can use it to treat insomnia. I doubt if you have REM during your sleep as this drug can make you sleep, but not good quality. If you don't take a long nap during the day, it's easier to get off from it eventually. There are other alternatives like Ambien or Clonazepam. The method might sound very minimal invasive to you or nothing. You first start to lower the dosage by just 100mg. Keep a log of your sleeping pattern for a month to see if there are any changes. It will be very helpful if you get up and go to sleep at the same time everyday. Don't sleep in during the weekend. If that works out for you, then you can do the other 100mg. Don't try to withdraw from it too abruptly.
Hi Kmj523. I am tapering off Cymbalta right now and I have had trouble with insomnia. I find that the slower I taper the less withdrawals I have. I am tapering by 10% of the last mg taken every 2 weeks. Some people can go faster and some people have to go slower. We are all different so we will handle the taper different. I do find that the lower in the dosage I get the longer I have to hold my taper. One thing that will help you is to drink lots of water. It’s good that you’re not at a higher dosage. Please be careful and don’t go too fast. Sometimes the withdrawals will not show up for a couple weeks or more. Take your time with your taper and try to not hurry. You will be glad that you took your time and did it right. Take care and I wish you the best. Cindy
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