Tapering Off Gabapentin

Posted by Guener @guener, Nov 19, 2018

I started tapering off of Gabapentin because it was making me tired at work in the afternoons. I have been taking 600mg x 3 for a couple years now. I started as pain relief for my hip and noticed it reduced my anxiety, so my psychiatrist kept me on it. I have been doing much better with anxiety control over the last six months and want to get rid of the side-effects and now, I realize, dependence. When I stopped the 600mg in the afternoon I felt better, less tired and more clear headed, too, with no side-effects. When went to just 600mg per day this week I have noticed that I have had symptoms of mild depression that was relieved after taking my morning dosage of Gabapentin. So, clearly I need to taper more slowly now. I'm going to go back to 1200mg for a couple days before dropping to 900mg for a week and see how that goes. Anybody else have insight to share on stopping Gabapentin and how long it took, I would welcome your input. Feeling well this morning.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Depression & Anxiety group.

@jakedduck1

@balderdash
I wouldn’t skip days on this medication.
I tapered off Klonopin with no withdrawl effects at all.
You should, in my opinion give your brain time to adjust to the new dose of course people are different but if you’re having any side effects either cut your dose or lengthen the time in between cuts. wouldn’t a side effect free taper be easier?
It is possible!!! Why not give it a try.
Take care,
Jake

Jump to this post

Thank you, Jake. When you say not to skip days, which medication are you referring to? I am tapering off gabapentin. Clonazepam is being used as needed to help deal with gabapentin withdrawal. Not coincidentally, clonazepam also treats my RLS.

REPLY

I am in my 11th week of withdrawing off 75 mg of gabapentin. The anxiety is over the top and I have been crying almost every day since I went off. I recently took for tingling due to a vitamin B six toxicity. Has anybody else experienced such a long withdrawal process? I went cold turkey at 75 mg and I know that wasn’t right. I just couldn’t stand the way it made me feel everyday. I have never experienced anxiety or depression like this at all in my life. I am 68 years old

REPLY
@chargrady

I am in my 11th week of withdrawing off 75 mg of gabapentin. The anxiety is over the top and I have been crying almost every day since I went off. I recently took for tingling due to a vitamin B six toxicity. Has anybody else experienced such a long withdrawal process? I went cold turkey at 75 mg and I know that wasn’t right. I just couldn’t stand the way it made me feel everyday. I have never experienced anxiety or depression like this at all in my life. I am 68 years old

Jump to this post

I take 200 mg at night to help with Rls. I was unaware it also helps with anxiety. Maybe you could take another drug with short half life to ease your withdrawal.

REPLY
@chargrady

I am in my 11th week of withdrawing off 75 mg of gabapentin. The anxiety is over the top and I have been crying almost every day since I went off. I recently took for tingling due to a vitamin B six toxicity. Has anybody else experienced such a long withdrawal process? I went cold turkey at 75 mg and I know that wasn’t right. I just couldn’t stand the way it made me feel everyday. I have never experienced anxiety or depression like this at all in my life. I am 68 years old

Jump to this post

So sorry for this problem. Withdrawal is also very difficult for me. I take gabapentin for painful RLS. What were you taking it for?

Did you mean 75 mg? The smallest capsules I can find are 100 mg. The "standard" capsule seems to be 300 mg. This is in the US.

REPLY
@balderdash

So sorry for this problem. Withdrawal is also very difficult for me. I take gabapentin for painful RLS. What were you taking it for?

Did you mean 75 mg? The smallest capsules I can find are 100 mg. The "standard" capsule seems to be 300 mg. This is in the US.

Jump to this post

I took the liquid

REPLY
@hopeful33250

Hello @guener

I took Gabapentin for a month and I took a 300 mg tablet. Just a suggestion, but perhaps you can check with your doctor and see if he/she could prescribe that dosage. Perhaps that would be an easier way to taper down on the amount? It might be worth a try.

Jump to this post

@hopeful33250 I am on the same boat my Dr trialed me for 300mg a day for 30 days. I am down to my last 4 pills, awaiting instructions from my Dr. Did you just stopped? Or u had to taper?

REPLY
@edematta

@hopeful33250 I am on the same boat my Dr trialed me for 300mg a day for 30 days. I am down to my last 4 pills, awaiting instructions from my Dr. Did you just stopped? Or u had to taper?

Jump to this post

Hello @edematta

I see that this is your first post on Connect, welcome! I appreciate you joining this discussion. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, did you start taking Gabapentin for neuropathy pain caused by diabetes or something else?

To answer your question, I tapered to 100 mg. That works well for me if I'm having pain from neuropathy.

Have you just been taking Gabapentin for one month now?

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.
  Request Appointment