She said that it lasted about one day and that mostly she felt like "gritting her teeth" and was very nervous. I am presently on 3 - 300mg capsules twice a day and 4 at night for back pain, rls and sciatica. Seems to be helping to some extent, mostly for the back pain and sciatica. But I am worried about the amount I am taking... Too much? Too little? More worried about too much than too little and then having withdrawals.
What happens when you go off gabapentin? My friend says she went thru withdrawals... Is that usual?
Question posted by SSTEF25 on 1 July 2010
Last updated on 24 January 2019
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I went off the drug immediately after getting help on this site from a qualified doctor. I had only taken the meds for a day and a half. They did not help my nerve pain at all, but made me very foggy, dizzy, and unable to think or to remember anything. My stomach also was upset.
Neurontin (gabapentin) is a prescription medication used for treating certain types of epileptic seizures and nerve pain. As with most epilepsy medications, stopping Neurontin is not recommended without the doc's approval. Stopping the drug quickly is also not recommended. Although Neurontin is not addicting and is not likely to be abused, stopping it too quickly can cause problems. Usually, the doc will recommend stopping Neurontin slowly, over a period of at least one week.
Symptoms of Neurontin Withdrawal
The most important Neurontin withdrawal symptom is seizures. Stopping the medication too quickly can cause seizures to become worse, or may cause you to have a type of seizure you have never had before. This is possible even if you are not taking Neurontin to treat seizures. Other symptoms of Neurontin withdrawal include:
Limiting Neurontin Withdrawal
In most cases, the doc would suggest that one weans off the medication slowly (over at least one week) to avoid seizures or other Neurontin withdrawal symptoms. Even if one is switching to another epilepsy medication, the doc may still recommend stopping the drug slowly. The exact way the doc suggests one to stop taking Neurontin will vary, depending on the Neurontin dosage, how long it has been taken for, and whether one is starting a new seizure medication.
If you stop taking Neurontin before you have reached an effective dose of your new medication (or if your new medication does not work for you), you are still at risk for seizures. Please talk to the doc before stopping Neurontin.
On dosing I shall not be able to comment as it entirely depends upon the doc who prescribed the med, please talk to him as soon as possible, hope this helps.
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