Best way to get off of gabapentin

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saptree
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Best way to get off of gabapentin

Postby saptree » Tue May 10, 2016 6:26 pm

I am currently at 300 mg of gabapentin at night and ready to go completely off of it. I was on a higher dose but the side effects were too much. I'm using 5mg of oxycodone at night for RLS and it works well.
My dr says to take one 300mg capsule every other day for a week, then quit taking altogether.
I'm not sure that is a good plan. I do have 100mg capsules to use during the taper down.
Can you share what kind of taper down techniques you have used and had success with?

Thanks!

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Re: Best way to get off of gabapentin

Postby badnights » Wed May 11, 2016 4:35 am

Unfortunately I didn't taper, I was taken off cold turkey. But following your doctor's advice would be a reasonable route to take. It does seem an odd taper for a medication with a half-life of only 5-7 hours, but maybe he thought you only had 3 mg pills. I can't see that it would hurt you, anyway; you;re down to a pretty low dose. Not much help, sorry.
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Re: Best way to get off of gabapentin

Postby ViewsAskew » Wed May 11, 2016 4:39 am

I can't remember what I did!
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Re: Best way to get off of gabapentin

Postby badnights » Wed May 11, 2016 4:55 am

I can't remember what I did!
you've been on so many different things, it's no wonder!
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debbluebird
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Re: Best way to get off of gabapentin

Postby debbluebird » Wed May 11, 2016 5:02 am

I would go down to the 100 mg tabs slowly, then every other day with those for a couple of days, then stop. You can be very sick to go off suddenly. I have 300 mg when my RLS is bad, and I also have 100 mg for going back off.


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