... for neuropathic pain and it hasn't helped. I've also read about withdrawing from this medication and want no part of it. So my doctor started my taper by decreasing bedtime dose of 600 mg to 300 mg for one week. I started this 3 days ago and now I have a bad cough. Is this an effect of the taper or just a coincidental virus? Am I tapering too fast? I also have had stomach pains the last 2 days. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thank you, night nurse