Gabapentin - I'm taking 100mg of Neurontin 2×day for three days for anxiety but it makes me feel?
Added 20 Mar 2017:
Doctor prescribed 200mg 2×daily so I took that on day one and I was high as a kite and walking like a drunk. Day two and three I took 100mg 2×daily and felt high/jittery and anxious but could function. However, I do not like feeling high. Also I feel like I can't sit still and I find myself clenching my jaw. Anyone else have any of these symptoms?
I have been taking 2mg xanax for five years but my doctor is weening me off the xanax and trying to replace it with the neurontin. I have no side effects from the xanax, it does not make me feel high, just calm. It works great for my anxiety but my doctor doesn't like xanax for some reason.
Will the neurontin side effects go away and if so how long does it take?
Unfortunately, I'm not speaking from personal use but a friends experience. Gabapentin off-label to treat anxiety is gaining ground on SSRIs and SNRIs. My friend experienced nausea, jitteriness, and insomnia. This was dose dependent; as the dose increased so did her side-effects. She eventually, slowly tapered off. Very little literature exists regarding the length of time relating to side-effects and if, like SSRIs the effects will diminish with time. Most people experience relief from anxiety in two weeks. Because of the high-abuse potential for Xanax most prescribers avoid prescribing its use long term.
Talk to your your doctor. I can't imagine increasing jitters while weaning off of one med and starting another. If he is adamant you stay on the medication, ask for an adjunct to treat the jitters. I'm so sorry to read that something works well for you, but now you must change. There are other options out there, but the trial and error is the worst. .
Remember your self-care... meditate, relax, eat right, and exercise. I added a link about gabapentin, hope it helps. Please take care on this journey and if you find that Xanax truly is what works best for you; talk to your doctor or seek a second opinion.
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