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  • Anyone withdrawal from Neurontin or Lyrica?

    It has been a week since I got off Lyrica. I was at 200mg and weaned off over one week, which I now realize may have been too fast. I have been having horrendous headaches and nausea and anxiety since the withdrawal. The doc tells me that it can't POSSIBLY be Lyrica withdrawal since I weaned off over a week. I haven't found any luck finding many others who have withdrawn Lyrica and suffered problems. I know that Neurontin is similar, so if anyone has ever suffered withdrawal effects from either of these drugs, please let me know what happened. I have an appointment with my Primary Care dr. tomorrow, but I don't know what he'll do since the Pain Mgmt dr is the one who prescribed the Lyrica to begin with. It sucks when your doctors don't listen or think you must be nuts I am beginning to wonder if this will ever go away!

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    Lyrica Withdrawal

    Yes, I had a bowel infection and had to stop Lyrica immediately. I had crawling skin, extreme anxiety, thoughts of suicide and insomnia. The whole withdrawal lasted for about 2 weeks and my family physician gave me some valium to help with the withdrawal. NEVER AGAIN

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    • #3
      the very best way to WD or taper off of any of the anti S meds is by actually tapering down on one while tapering ONTO another.it helps avoid that ugliness all together for the most part.just my experience.i had exctly what you described when i had to do a very rapid taper off of cymbalta(it enhanced this horrid RLS component i have with my RSD in my knee).lyrica did this too,but i was already feeling sooo incredibly crappy just BEING on lyrica that the side effects of WD were actually kind of a step up,you know what i mean?lyrica and my brain/body just did not go well together.with most of the anti S type meds.it does appear that the slower the better with any taper off them,just like with the SSRI meds for depression?anything that has a profound impact on altering your brain chemistry is going to give you some issues when it goes away.just based on my experience with these two types of meds,slow is always better,unless you are having some horrid/intolerable types of reactions and need to get off asap.but you are NOT alone,believe me.hope things get better soon for ya.Marcia

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      • #4
        I am very sensitive, but coming off neurontin was a complete nightmare. I wasn't taking much, but the side effects really bothered me. So I weaned down over the course of MONTHS and still it destroyed me. I didn’t have any of the symptoms you describe, but my spasticity got incredibly worse than I’d ever realized it was (I’d taken it for three years or so), and I lost a ton of weight—less of a problem, but the spasticity really limited me.
        Last edited by Steven Edwards; 12-29-2008, 01:54 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by singin_intherain
          I didn’t have any of the symptoms you describe, but my spasticity got incredibly worse than I’d ever realized it was (I’d taken it for three years or so), and I lost a ton of weight—less of a problem, but the spasticity really limited me. Evil stuff.
          Do you feel that the spasticity is b/c you stopped taking the neurontin, or crept up over the time you were on it, but it was masked by the drug? Is the spasticity still limiting you? Personally I found the side effects for baclofen (for my spasticity) were much worse than those for the lyrica. I switched to oral baclofen for a pump. Good luck w/ it.
          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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          • #6
            I used to take 1500mg of Neurontin per day, but I stopped because it was making me hallucinate. I didn't have any withdrawls when I stopped, but I do still have hallucinations, and I don't even take Neurontin anymore. I guess that's what I get for not weaning off of it.

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            • #7
              Hi everyone,
              This will be my first post here and it relates to Lyrica as it was given to me by psychiastrist to relief anxiety from tapering off Ativan.

              Anyways, I'm not going off this med yet, but I'll like to know what would be a good tapering schedule to get off 150mg of it?

              Any references?

              Jarocho

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              • #8
                My example may not be the best....I asked my doc to write my prescrip for 100's instead of 200's and he said he wouldn't...and no idea why...anyway...for what it's worth, I tapered off 600mg lyrica per day (200mg x 3) while going to a somewhat moderate dose of topomax as follows: week 1 - reduced 1 lyrica (mid day)and added 1 - 50 mg tomomax. week 2 - lyrica in morning and 2 50 mg topomax remainder of the day. week 3 - No more lyrica ... will be increasing topomax to 50mg x 4. Piuns/needles & burning sensations have been a bit harsher during the change, but seem to be settling down....but mind has been MUCH clearer, and the weight gain has subsided. I don't think the topomax is nearly as effective, but it's just nice getting off the lyrica. I had not withdrawl symptoms of any kind though...best of luck

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jarocho2003
                  Hi everyone,
                  This will be my first post here and it relates to Lyrica as it was given to me by psychiastrist to relief anxiety from tapering off Ativan.

                  Anyways, I'm not going off this med yet, but I'll like to know what would be a good tapering schedule to get off 150mg of it?

                  Any references?

                  Jarocho
                  Jarocho, welcome to the forum. You don't mention in your profile if you have a SCI. Do you? And why would a doctor give you something like Lyrica for anxiety? Sorry, I don't get it. It's a nerve pain, fibro pain, epilepsy and partial onset seizures. Is it the seizures he's worried about?

                  Someone fill me in.

                  You know if you have symptoms of anxiety it might be more helpful to get onto Inderal. This is a beta blocker which works to slow your heart rate. My Pain doctor used to work in a clinic where a large college supplied him with lots of young people. They'd come to him at finals time with anxiety problems, heart racing, flopping around in their chest, can't sleep, getting sweaty and tense and really just a mess. He'd prescribe the beta blocker and it would settle them down within a day or so and they could then function. One other thing, it does help with pain, specially if you have vasoconstriction, it's a blood pressure medicine. BTW, how is yours?

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                  • #10
                    Ativan was the reason

                    Yes as anti-seizure and also to help me sleep.

                    I just need a tapering schedule that does not include substitutions, such as switching to another drug instead.

                    My goal is to be drug/med free as I don't need this med, but when I tried to taper off it, it was hell on Earth and I had to reinstate to my original dosage.

                    I also don't like it because it has a short half life unlike Valium which has a long half life and I experience w/d symptoms throughout the day.

                    Safe tapering schedule anyone?

                    Jarocho

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jarocho2003
                      Yes as anti-seizure and also to help me sleep.

                      I just need a tapering schedule that does not include substitutions, such as switching to another drug instead.

                      My goal is to be drug/med free as I don't need this med, but when I tried to taper off it, it was hell on Earth and I had to reinstate to my original dosage.

                      I also don't like it because it has a short half life unlike Valium which has a long half life and I experience w/d symptoms throughout the day.

                      Safe tapering schedule anyone?

                      Jarocho
                      I think a tapering schedule depends on the person. It also depends on the other meds a person is taking. Can you ask your psychiatrist for a tapering schedule?

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                      • #12
                        Jarocho, withdrawal from Lyrica can be very difficult. Try dropping 25 mgs per week. Make sure you drink lots of water and take a B vitamin and potassium supplement. For some reason, getting off Lyrica seems to upset the electrolyte balance so try Gatorade or some other electrolyte replacement drink. Passionflower drops help with the anxiety. Try peppermint Altoids for the nausea.

                        Lyrica was approved for anxiety in Europe Lee so maybe that's why Jarocho's doc prescribed it but from my experience, it's a nasty medicine. I have dropped from 300 mgs to 75 and have experienced nausea, heart palpitations, anxiety, ringing in my ears and disturbed sleep.

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                        • #13
                          I know difficult...I'm tapering off Valium right now and it has been the challenge of my life.
                          I just don't want to hit tolerance with Lyrica and have w/d sx from both Valium and Lyrica.
                          I also don't want to updose it, it seems like it's working less and less now, so I'm afraid I'll reach a point where it won't work any longer.

                          Susie,
                          Please keep me udpated on how you do with your taper and how long the widthdrawal symptoms stay with you after your taper.

                          Thanks!

                          Jarocho

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                          • #14
                            No answer

                            It looks like not many reports on how to withdrawal properly from these meds is available? This totally sucks as I don't need this drug and would like to be off of it once I'm off Valium.

                            A shrink gave it to me to help me w/d from Valium, but had I known then what I know now, I would have never taken it. Thank goodness I decided to not take Paxil or I would be looking at tapering three different drugs.

                            Btw, there are A LOT natural ways to CURE your pain and not mask it with a pill that will eventually do you more harm than help you.

                            Just my two cents!

                            Jarocho

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                            • #15
                              derek...mebbe it's some "other drug" giving you the halucegenations...

                              Kap
                              accept no substitutes

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