Gabapentin for benzo withdrawal

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i have been taking nuerontin (gabapentin) for several years for nueropathy and never noticed a single benefit from it when going through withdrawals..........
I've not had any negative experiences with it to report, and a LOT of my patients were on it...some for neurological pain, some for depression/anxiety, some for seizures, etc. It actually has a lot of indications. I'd say give it a try, especially if your doc has instructed you to decrease your Xanax dose already. Let us know how you're doing!
Gabapentin withdrawal can be similar to benzo withdraw. In other words, this is tough for some people! If this doc is helping you do what he wants you to do, get another one FAST!!! God luck and let us know how it goes. This is good education for us all.
(ha) I have been off hydros, antidepressants and somas for 137 days. Off subs for 109 days and off gabapentin (Neurotin) for 60 days. A LOT of healing going on and definitely PAWS for me along with adjustments still from gabapentin, etc. I think you will REALLY relate after I read your post.
Hi Tooter - I took gabapentin for a bit for nerve pain but it made me too tired to take for very long..and that was the lowest dose. I think that a taper would be good for you. I care...very much. Hugs to you!
and I'm up to 150 milligrams per night) and even though I had been in a remission from the depression for 7 mos.
I have been taking norco for over 7 yrs for various things including fibromyalgia, well now its never enough and I take too many and keep running out. This time I have to wait 2 + weeks and my body is freaking out and I am in such pain and mental agony. Its been 4 days and still seems worse, now I have run out of my anxiety med, klonopin for sleep and am having severe withdrawls from both. Legs and arms shaking, vomiting, can't sleep, pain, and I can't say anything to the dr.
She has every taper schedule possible for every benzo and every amount. And Becca mentioned the Gabapentin which actually helps heal the part of the brain that is missing from the Benzo use.
That is one of the reasons so many pain patients take a benzo (valium, klonopin,etc) along with their pain meds. The vast majority of pain patients take a benzo with their pain meds for a variety of reasons, each medication helps the other one work better, it helps with sleep and anxiety that comes along prolonged severe pain,etc.
I know I am jumping into the middle of a subject here but I am facing upcoming withdrawal and would like to get some advice also. I have been reading the posts on this site for a couple of months now and am amazed at the amount of caring and support that goes on. I will try to keep my story brief. I lost my mom to cancer about 4 months ago. After she passed away I came across some of her pain medication that had not been disposed of. It was MS Contin and MSIR.
I have to cut down and recently cut down to 10 a day and have experienced physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. I have some clonidine and don't know how much to take for withdrawal. What is the recommended dosage. My goal is to eventually cut down to 4 a day, but have been very uncomfortable at 10. I also take effexor and trazadone for depression, but I am so depressed right now. Hydrocodone, believe it or not has helped my depression and has given me something to look forward to.
Nuerontin (gabapentin) is thought to help with both the sweats from withdrawal and peripheral pain........ I was already taking it so I have no baseline study to quote....... It certainly didnt hurt anything............
Look in my profile/journals for the Thomas recipe. There is good info to help with the w/ds. You are on day 6. It is uncommon for it to last much longer than this. You should start to feel better really soon. Drink lots of water, Gatorade etc... Immodium for the runs. Bananas help with muscles and runs. Chocolate in the day (Nitetime keeps U awake) helps with cravings as does the other things in the recipe. Good job on sticking it out! You are very brave and strong. You will make it! I can tell.
The doctor said to taper off benzos which I did over the past two or three weeks, and she gave me last week Gabapentin 300 mg capsules, and Trazodone 50 mg tabs for sleep. So far so good. But will this continue or will I have benzo withdrawal over the coming weeks and months as I have read? Hope not. The Trazodone really works incredibly well at night for sleep. So far. The Gaba seems to be keeping anxiety in check very well so far.
visual hallucinations, on top of not being able to sleep for those 9 days and the other physical hell that goes with benzo withdrawal. I fired that psychiatrist. The NIH site says that you never want to stop benzo's cold turkey (or barbiturates or alcohol) as you can have seizures that lead to status epiletus = your body goes into a constant seizure and you die. The scary thing is that the person having a seizure doesn't know that is what is happening to them after it stops.
I went to my doctor on Wednesday, and she thinks my symptoms at this stage of the game ( 43 days now) are more from the cymbalta than the lyrica, but they are very similar, almost identical, and are the most painful withdrawal situation I have ever been in. IT is lke being in opiate and benzo withdrawal at the same time, I have thought that I was going to die. Anyway, I am feeling better today thank goodness.
Unfortunately I believe you said you were on sub for over a year so the your withdrawls will last longer than that of others who've taken it for less amount of time. A friend on here was also on Sub for an extended period of time and he's still having w/d's a month later. He was on sub for 8months before getting off, hes said the w/d's arent as bad as the first couple weeks but they are still there.
How long does hydrocodine show up in your system for a drug test. I take this drug for the pain I get with Lymes Disease. I'm starting a new job and they will ask for a drug test. How soon do I need to get off of them so it don't show up on my test. Thanks.
I am not a doctor, simply a long-time Rx opiate junkie who has had many opportunities to develop a way to detox. This is a recipe for at-home self-detox from opiates based on my experience as well as that of many other addicts. It is not intended as professional medical advice. It is always wise to make sure none of the recipe ingredients or procedures conflict with medications you may be taking.
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com/Q/How_bad_is_Tramadol_withdrawal Question - How bad is Tramadol WIthdrawal? Answer - Ultram (Tramadol) Withdrawal Tramadol is highly addictive. Normally your doctor would reduce intake slowly. Various withdrawal effects may include shakes, shivers, diarrhea, nausea, and possible flu-like symptoms. Not all people experience will all withdrawal symptoms, and some people may experience others not listed here.
Oxycontin.- While awaiting the scan results I was given oxycontin for pain relief, this seemed to do the trick for 2 weeks, 10mg 2x a day, then things hurt again so up the dose went 20mg 2x a day, then 40mg 2x a day, then 80mg 2x a day and up to 120mg 2x a day, recognise the scenereo anyone??..
the only person in my recollection, who ever died off heroin withdrawal is Jerry Garcia, and he had been using opiates for 60 yrs chronically, i was told by many many doctors, you CANT die off the withdrawal from opiates alone, you might think you want to die, but you wont, yes it is hellish, im 31 days clean off methadone today i was at 90mg for 7 yrs and the last whole year i took to taper from 90 to 42mg, then dropped off, i took colonodine & klonapin, and alot of vitamins, VITAMIN B work
When I heard this I was so distraught that I immediately went cold turkey off all my meds, including the benzo I'd been taking for sleep since prednisone treatment. I nearly had a seizure. I remained on a low dose of benzo and tried to desperately manage my debilitating pelvic and abdominal pain naturally. I was referred to the pain clinic at the hospital where I was the only patient not on any opiates.
So overall, the Benzo meds are not god for longterm treatment for me, maybe not for you. I think that everyone with an anxiety disorder should be put on an antidepressant med, benzo meds can be add for 4-6 weeks at the begining of the treatment to decrease the anxiety but they sould be withdraw slowly after that 4-6 weeks period... Finding the good antidepressant is not always easy...
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