I'm on Lyrica, 75mg 3x a day. I'm tapering off 25mg at a time. Right now, I'm taking 75mg in the morning, 50mg early afternoon, and 75mg at night. How should I progress? Take one of the 75mg doses down to 50mg also.. Or take the 50mg down to 25mg? The doctor spreader the doses out like that due to I was getting inter-dosing withdrawal from just two doses. And if it's to take one of the 75mg doses down, which one? Morning or night?
I have talked to my doc, they said it was up to me. I'm just trying to reduce any withdrawals. (I dropped 75mg all at once to begin with and had horrible withdrawals for about 3 days)
Thank you for any advice
Added 22 Sep 2017:
Spreaded out my doses...not spreader. Hate auto correct. :)
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1 Sep 2019
I took six months to wean myself off this drug. Really slow. 25 mgs at a time. I was doing okay until I went from 75mg to 50, 50 to 25 and 25 to nothing. It was rough but I am still so happy to be off this drug. I will never ever take this or any kind of drug like this again. I will do a heck of a lot more research before just going to the drug store with a new prescription to get filled. Good luck with the wean but like I said, just take it slow. :)
31 Aug 2019
When you are tapering off medications like Lyrica, Cymbalta and Gabapentin it’s advised to not take it every other day then every third day and so on. Doing it this way can most likely put you in withdrawals on the days you’re not taking the medication. It’s been found that the best and safest way to taper is by 10% every 2 weeks. If you’re taking one of these medications more than once daily and you are tapering off it’s best to work slow at getting your doses equal. Then once that’s done you can start tapering off all doses at the same time. You can get liquid Lyrica for tapering or you can make it yourself. It’s 1-1 ratio. You can also get it done at a Compounding Pharmacy if you have one near you. There are support groups that will help you and guide you through your taper. You can find very valuable information on these medications in the files.
Such as; advise for tapering, natural things that will help through the tapering and after tapering and natural ways to help you with many illnesses. I’ve tapered completely off Lyrica and I’m tapering off Cymbalta now. I’m down from 60 mg to less than 1 mg (5 beads) and I’ve done it by 10% every two weeks. The withdrawal symptoms have been minimal and manageable. Personally I will never take another medication like these again and I will never advise anyone else to take them. They change who we are and they change our lives negatively. I had no life while on these medications but thankfully I have my life back; with no permanent damage. Bless you all and I hope you are able to get off these medications and find a better way to help you. Cindy
31 Aug 2019
I’m pretty sure she means that you skip a pill at first every other day, and as time goes on skip two days. In other words, let’s say you are taking one pill a day of something, when you’re nearly done with your detox. When you are ready to detox all the way, as I understand it, you would start taking that pill every OTHER day for a couple of weeks. And after that, take the pill every 3rd day for a couple of weeks. And so on until it is completely detoxed. I am not a doctor, not even close, just a person in chronic pain. So you definitely would want to verify this with your doctor. And never detox from anything without medical supervision.I hope to get rid of Lyrica also.
21 Nov 2017
Check with your doctor first, but one way of weaning off any medication is to take it 2nd daily for one week, then 3rd daily for 1 week & so on. This way is effective for most medications. But, please check with your doctor first so he/she can ok it.