I had been taking gabapentin 300mg twice a day for the past almost 4 years twice a day. Once in the morning and once at 3pm. About a week ago, I stopped taking it not thinking anything about it. The doctor then put me on Vistaril for anxiety. I took it a few days with no problems and then all of a sudden I ended up in the er with what they said were withdrawal symptoms from the stopping of the gabapentin. I really thought I was going to die-It was miserable! They told me to begin taking it again so in the past few days I have taken a total of 4 pills, none today yet because last night I ended up in the er again with the exact same symptoms of what I was feeling with the withdrawal. How do I reintroduce the drug back into my system without this happening? I called my dr. office many times and tried to have them lower it to 100mg but I can't be seen until Monday and they won't change it yet. Please help. Thank you! I don't want to experience this anymore. It was awful,
How do I reintroduce gabapentin into my system after 4 years if taking then quitting?
Gabapentin (name brand is Neurontin) is an anti-seizure medication that is prescribed for a myriad of conditions. You are ever so lucky that you didn't have a seizure, Jacki! You can't stop gabapentin abruptly, as you've learned.
You can taper off of it slowly, by getting your doctor involved, that would be the best plan, I'd think, get your doc in on this and you won't have a situation like going to the ER.
Best wishes to you and hope you have a smooth taper off of it,
The typical titration for gabapentin is 300mgs on day one. 600mgs day 2 taken as a divided dose (300 in the am and 300 at evening meal), then day 3 900mgs total taken in three separate doses. After that it depends on the condition for which you are taking the med. A 100mg dose is not quite enough to ward of withdrawals.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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