Gabapentin for opiate withdrawal

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Hi. I'm wondering if it is safe for me to take Gabapentin for withdrawal symptoms from methadone? I read somewhere that the gaba is sometimes prescribed for that. I have never taken it before in my life and got a hold of a few 300mg capsules the other day. I have been into opiates off and on for about 8 years, getting pretty bad into them this past year. I think it is alot mental with me though. I started off on Perc 5's and 10's, graduating to oxy 30's about a year ago.
Don't try to replace an opiate high with it. I just got prescribed Gabapentin last month, for opiate withdraws. I googled the snot out of it, came up with lots of info........ it causes drowiness at high doses (stoned), and weight gain. I'm only taking 300 mg per day, (i've read stories of 2400mg per day) aslso read that at 1000mg for longer than a month requires a taper down so you don't get WD's from it.
I've seen some recent talk on the boards about Gabapentin being used to manage opiate withdrawal. This time around I've been using it and I wanted to share what I've experienced and learned, in hopes that others might find it helpful. First, for those who have never heard of gabapentin: Neurontin is the brand name gabapentin is marketed under by Pfizer. It's an anti-convulsant and is approved to treat epilepsy and some neuropathic pain.
i have been taking nuerontin (gabapentin) for several years for nueropathy and never noticed a single benefit from it when going through withdrawals..........
That last time I checked wiki it said nothing about being prescribed for opiate withdrawal. It does mention something about it now. I think it really just depends on the person. What helps one person may not help another.
ABUSE Gabapentin does not exhibit affinity for benzodiazepine, opiate (mu, delta or kappa), or cannabinoid 1 receptor sites. A small number of postmarketing cases report Gabapentin misuse and abuse. These individuals were taking higher than recommended doses of Gabapentin for unapproved uses. Most of the individuals described in these reports had a history of poly-substance abuse or used Gabapentin to relieve symptoms of withdrawal from other substances.
Some have used it for detox/wd's,some doctors prescribe it just for opiate withdrawal. It's an opiate,synthetic,and breaks down to what would appear as Demerol... think about it and research it yourself so that you're informed. Good luck!
Ive been an opiate addict for about 5 yrs now and know what everyone is going through. Doing wever i had to do to get what i needed to keep from getting sick. ive been fightin the wds and dts off and on for 5 yrs now, ive recently found out that my gf is expecting and im gonna b a daddy. im sooo tired of bein a slave to this sickness but catch myself fallin back into it bout the 2nd or 3rd day of not sleepin.
I've had a prescription for gabapentin for several years. I take 1600mg daily for neuropathy. Don't take that as what you should take, however. I've had no ill effects from it at all. Not addictive, at least in my long term experience.
I've been thru the withdrawals going cold turkey 3 times in the past without anything to help. I was presribed gabapentin about a month ago for pain. It didn't help for that. I did some research on it and it is used for withdrawals. It has been 90% easier than before and trust me, I know how bad it is. The only syptoms I have had this time is I'm just a little cold and a bit of anxiety but nothing like before.
Hey mate I'm on my fifth day off morphine I actully have been takin gabapation during the last five days I have to I didn't know if it was the thomas recipe without benzos but my sweats weren't real bad this time round I'm still battleing on. You can do it.
He is going to put me on Clonidine 3x a day for 7 days. I also asked him to prescribe something for the diarrhea as well as the aches in pains. I am concerned that after getting off the pain meds completely I will be start experiencing the pain in my back again, but I will not want to get back on anything that strong or anything that is addictive. I am praying that I can get off these by just sticking it out with the clonidine.
I have a prescription for 100mg of gabapentin to take 3x a day. Does anyone know how much to take for cold turkey opiate withdrawal? And should I let the gabapentin build up in my body before I stop taking the hydro? From what I've read gabapentin works like a neurotransmitter reuptake accelerator/inhibitor and needs to build up in the system for a few days before it works to its full potential.
When prescribing gabapentin carefully evaluate patients for a history of drug abuse and observe them for signs and symptoms of gabapentin misuse or abuse (e.g. development of tolerance, self-dose escalation, and drug-seeking behavior). Dependence There are rare postmarketing reports of individuals experiencing withdrawal symptoms shortly after discontinuing higher than recommended doses of gabapentin used to treat illnesses for which the drug is not approved.
so for the last 6 months I have been taking methadone. Not on a regular basis at all..take one 10mg pill a day for 4-6 days then take nothing for weeks, Sometimes months. I took it everyday for about 7 days then stopped for 2 weeks and at that 2 week mark I started getting horrible insomnia, hallucinations, and flu like symptoms with I chalked up to being withdrawal symptoms.
everyone is different but generally, it has been found that following opiate detox, there are two periods of protracted withdrawal. The first (or sub-acute withdrawal) lasts 2-8 weeks and people describe moderate to severe insomnia and fatigue, low energy, and other depressive symptoms. This is quite variable but is sometimes difficult for people to tolerate. Unfortunately medications have only a limited effect.
you will have to taper off of it. Gabapentin is widely utilized currently for the chronic treatment of recalcitrant migraines, bipolar illness, pain, and epilepsy. It has a wide therapeutic index with few side effects and drug interactions, is not hepatically metabolized, and is excreted by the kidneys. Past reports have suggested that some withdrawal symptoms can present after 1-2 days upon abrupt discontinuation of gabapentin after chronic use within young to middle-aged patients.
hey does anyone have any experience with opiate withdrawal and were taking gaba and is it prolonging my detox? because i notice if i take it 2 to 3 times a day i feel functional.. and if it isn't prolonging it how long before i get off it?? just wondering if i am doing this right it is now 6th day and i noticed when i tried to stop taking it i felt my w/d symptoms pretty badly ..
I feel so sorry for you. Gabapentin is the generic name for NEURONTIN. Neurontin is NOT APPROVED by the FDA as a treatment for Bi-Polar Disorder..........IN FACT, you might as well be taking a "Placebo"..........as you are literally going "Untreated". NEURONTIN causes Uncontrollable Anger, Rage & Hostility. accompanied with NO REMORSE. NEURONTIN causes Suicidal & Homicidal Thoughts. NEURONTIN causes IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
See if your doctor can write you a prescription for some Requip for restlessness (it is the very best treatment for RLS or RAS), Neurontin for anxiety and malaise, some Flexeril or Soma for a few weeks for muscle spasms and maybe some Seroquel low dose, for sleep. It will make your withdrawals easier. Valerian and Magnesium is sometimes helpful remedies over the counter. The residual symptoms of insomnia and depression can last another few months.
The first 4 days of my withdrawal i took xanax to keep me calm. Before i got on the subs i was shooting herion for years so i was def terrified to quit cold turkey but i did it!! Finally after multiple attempts to get off opiates i just quit all together and ill never look back. Im saying that now but every day i feel so sluggish, and nothing helps. I drink monster energy like they are goin outta style.
I'm writing this to help any of you guys that are suffering. I have been using norco 10/325 for the past 3 years, 8 pills a day. I decided to quit. Not only has the drug made me more depressed but it is dipping into my bank acnt and I'm getting married. It's been only 13 hours since I last used norco and I'm not feeling as terrible as I thought I would. A few days ago I ordered WITHDRAWAL EASE. Guys, it's amazing.
An increase of pain that is even higher than before you began the opiates and perhaps the pain may even be(but not necessarily) in an area of your body that the opiate wasn't prescribed to treat in the first place.
I've been suffering for months from an unusual withdrawal effect of opiate addiction. I get a syndrome somewhat like restless leg in the evenings that is painful and prevents sleep. Withdrawal from hydrocodone produced virtually no withdrawal symptoms (I was not taking much), but the sleep preventing syndrome persists for weeks, probably months to come. I have been desperately seeking something safe to help me sleep, while I wait for my brain disruption to normalize.
Im going through something similar. I was off for Percocet for 8 days (after taking them for around 4 years) so I was off for 8 days, then took some for 3 days, I got off for maybe a week give or take, then I took pills Friday-sun this weekend. So stupid to keep doing this to myself!! Today is my first day not taking anything, I am not in horrible withdrawal but I feel pretty shi**y. I've been taking gabapentin and it helps to calm the restless legs and anxiety. Good luck!!!
I don't know what kind of relationship you have with your doctor but if your honest with them they can prescribe non-addictive meds to help like gabapentin(helps with withdrawal) trazadone(sleep and depression) or celexa(controls anxiety). Don't give up!!
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 can tell you that what you are feeling is your bodies need for the opiate. You body has become depend on these omedications. It would happen to any of us that require and have taken opiates for any length of time. So what you are experiencing is normal. Addiction and dependency are two different things. You obviously recognize your bodies dependence and craving for the opiates.
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