Neurontin for opiate withdrawal

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Are there any readers who used neurontin for opiate withdrawal? If so, please share your experiences with us.
(I wanted opiates and was really mad that my doctor wouldn't prescribe them). Anyway, I had heard it worked for opiate withdrawals so I decided to try it and was amazed at how it took away the sweats and everything. I was up going for walks, cleaning my house and felt better than I had in years. Unfortunately I couldn't afford it, so I had to go off of it and it was hell. If you only use it for a few days, you should be fine.
That could have been from the withdrawals though. Neurontin was originally prescribed for siezure, bi-polar, and convulsions. It has other off label uses now such as for pain and drug withdrawals. Just google it. I know on wikipedia it says on there what is was and is used for. It even mentions about being used off label for drug withdrawals. I hope this helps. If I can answer any more questions about it, let me know! I was totally amazed on how well it worked for me.
Wellbutrin helps with the drug cravings and Neurontin helps with withdrawals for me. I take those meds for depression and anxiety too. Neurontin helps me get to sleep and stay asleep longer. I can wake up to go to the bathroom but can go right back to sleep. I couldn't befpre I started on this medication.
Hi, I don't know about using tramadol for withdrawal but you are right that the neurontin does help many people. I'm sure there are some it doesn't work for, so it is best to be under a doctor's care. I'm glad you shared. I'm sorry it seems to affect you as it does me.
See if your doctor can write you a prescription for some Requip for restlessness, 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. You are already on Klonopin which will be helpful for sleeplessness and anxiety. The residual symptoms of insomnia and depression can last another few months.
How many people on this site have been put on neurontin for pain issues, etc? I have done reading on the side effects, withdrawals from this drug and it is scary. I have a whole *hitload of this stuff and have not touched it. Why are we becoming the guinea pigs for many of these drugs that have been on the market for a short time? I just would like some feedback.
Hi Flossie and welcome....I have taken Neurontin for several years on and off. It is an anti-seizure med often prescribed for epileptic patients and is used for nerve pain as well. I've actually taken it for both reasons; after a seizure several years I took if for about 16 months. Then a couple years ago my doctor (surgeon) prescribed it for nerve pain for about 6 months before and after neck fusion surgery.
I read this thread for the neurontin and learned so much about opiate addiction too. I think the more input we get about the trouble others have faced and tried (sometimes again and again) to persevere the more we learn about what we may need to avoid. It is so easy when I am in pain to think I may need more than the elavil, neurontin or tylenol and reading all of this makes me know I need to try if possible to make do with what I can handle.
Clonidine is a blood pressure medication that is given mostly for opiate with-drawl but is REALLY helpful for neurontin with-drawls as well.Half of the discomfort is from your blood pressure rising and this is a life saver.The other things you can buy from the local health food store is something called GABA which we know is related in some way to neurontin-gabapentin. This is a natural GABA supplement that will work to restore your natural anxiety blocking and calming brain chemicals.
I do know that Xanax was prescibed along with it and BP was monitored regularly. The best thing for opiate withdrawal is not to lay around and struggle through it.Find a good Dr.preferably an addiction specialist,get some medication. Somehow find the strength to get out and be around family and friends,this can be excellent medicine.
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.
I am currently tapering from 30+ mg methadone and 20_ hydros a day using neurontin and a few hydros for pain. So far so good. Sub was simply too complex for me to deal with....
Anyone have experience with using neurontin for opiate w/ds? My dr. just prescribed me some. They're sitting at the pharmacy ready to pick up, just wondering. P.S. this is the same dr. that has been seeing me through a suboxone taper. I'm down to .25mg. and going to be "jumping" in about 3 wks. P.P.S. I've already got some supplies from the Thomas Recipe: multi-vitamin/mineral and potassium pills.
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.
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.
Your central nervous system has created a multitude of opioid receptors that all are screaming for endorphins (opiates) to fill them, but your body has now forgotten how to make them by itself. It will take time - two to four weeks at least, for your receptors to down-regulate (for the brain begin to heal) and to start making its own endorphins. Brain heals pretty slowly, so it may take you as long as a couple of months to get rid of feelings of sluggishness, restlessness and depression.
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.
Also, I was wondering if anyone knows if it helps with the restless legs you get from opiate withdrawal or otherwise. I just stopped taking tramadol yesterday, which I was taking to the point of abuse because it gave me a feeling different from other opiates that I loved and gave me energy. I took this for such a long time that I was up to around 12 pills a day.
Your anxiety could be related to the neurotin fade, rather than the opiate wd. I took neurontin for years and stopped for years before deciding on my new drug. I believe the doctor. More pills have no effect. neurontin is not addicting to me, but it does cause a bit of malaise on the day i take it. I suspect that this is at least part of your anxiety. A schedule will work better. Here's what i used to do: Take 600.
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.
At home, the basic technique is to space out the pills you take on a consistent manner until you take only one at night, then half at night, than every other night and then none. See if your doctor can write you a prescription for some Requip for restlessness, 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.
Congrats! I agree about the neurontin. I was prescribed neurtontin for nerve pain and researched it. I read that it is used in some rehab facilities for withdrawal. I also had clonodine but didn't take it. The neurontin was enough to help me make it through. It is def. a drug that they need to look at more for withdrawal. It has so many off label uses. I didn't have rls once. I was even able to sleep and didn't have any of the twitchy muscles.
Neurontin is used with other drugs in the treatment of some types of seizures and for the management of postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain caused by the herpes virus or shingles).
I was just given a script for Neurontin (Gabapentin) from my neurologist. Need to know side effects. Also, how tolerated is this for a persons stomach or digestive track?
What should I do for Norco/Hydrocodone withdrawal? I have a very import question and situation that I desperately could use help with resolving. I have been on strong narcotic pain relievers for some time (Norco 10/325 last several months, over the past 2 years from Oxy, to hydromorphone to good ol' Tramadol) and my doctor unexpectedly quit refilling my prescription today without notice or reason.
I was prescribed neurontin for nerve pain which it didn't help for that. I did find it to be helpful during withdrawals. It won't completely take away everything you will be feeling but it did help me some. I didn't have the rls and the twitching associated with withdrawals. I didn't have the creepy crawly feeling or the hot flashes either. It also helped me get a decent nights sleep. About the only symptoms I still had was the stomach issues, lack of energy, and the chills.
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