How to taper off neurontin?

Are you tired of feeling like a zombie on Neurontin but don’t know how to quit? Fear not, as your sassy guide is here to help. In this article, we are going to talk about everything you need to know about tapering off the drug without losing your mind or getting medically induced constipation. Let’s get crackin’!

First Things First: What is Neurontin?

In case you’re wondering what the heck Neurontin even is, let me fill you in. It’s a medication that was initially created for epilepsy patients but got FDA-approved for other purposes too (which shouldn’t come as news since they approve anything these days). Some physicians prescribe it for nerve pain, anxiety disorders, and migraines.

Neurontin works by inhibiting certain neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for transmitting pain signals across different nerves.

Fun fact: Did you know that Gabapentin (Neurontin) was first flagged as an addictive substance by Kentucky authorities in 2017?

Why do You Need To Taper Off Neurontn?

Now before I start listing ways for reducing intake, let me clarify why one must taper out of neurontn instead of abruptly stopping—the thing most people who quit cold turkey experience from cutting it out completely include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Stomach upset

If that wasn’t enough cause for concern – seizures can result if someone discontinues the use of some related drugs suddenly.

So yes friend The big MCD isn’t just reserved only McDonald’s meals anymore —Nope! Indeed? People coming off this type of medication run into their own personal variety with withdrawal symptoms; maybe cut-off headaches and mood swings (‘cos yay fun times).

Catchy slogan: Don’t quit cold turkey—It’s not Thanksgiving yet!

Tips for Tapering off Neurontin

So here’s the plan:

1. Talk to Your Doctor

Your doctor knows you and your medical history better than anyone else, so it is best to approach them first before attempting any medication reduction independently (because…you know).

Suppose you can tell that they are becoming annoyed with your constant “Are we there yet?”-esque questions every two weeks when visiting their office regarding coming forth with a solid game-plan for reducing intake; then consider changing physicians (one who isn’t so sour like unripened citrus).

Pro-tip: Document all conversations about altering prescriptions.

2. Wean Yourself Slowly

Going faster doesn’t always mean getting ahead in life, especially if it does more harm than good–slow and steady works well here too. So once your physician has established an appropriate timeline for this tapering process —yay! You can begin by slowly lowering dosage without propelling into sensory overload by being abrupt.

And ensure Take things slo-o-o-o-oow..(Why would one rush anyways?).

This could include:

  • Lower dose amounts or switching to a different delivery method (for instance from tablet form to liquid) gradually over time.
  • Setting reminders on electronic devices or on body parts somewhere. Secret tattoos allowed
  • Making sure everything feels comfortable throughout.

3. Get Support From Friends & Family

Do I even need this third point? Who really needs friends anyway? Hmm.. okay, maybe you might want people around as backup at times during withdrawal symptoms since physiological pain doesn’t ‘always’ manifest physically–sometimes mental encouragement aid greatly through tough phases of drying out.

Letting close peeps be part of recovery involves sharing information about drugs reaction and how they may help tackle issues rather than making everything look rosy-hued just like those rose-tinted glasses.


One may consider joining a support group for chronic pain sufferers (for example), with members on the same or similar medication regimens.


Tapering off Neurontin, like any other drug, can be challenging but also extremely goal-motivating —remember you are taking back control of your life by making this decision. If done correctly and slow-and-steady-wins-the-race-wise then to end up healthy as the next person walking down the street isn’t that far-off.

Don’t forget:

  • Seek medical advice from physicians only (duh!).
  • Lower dosage amounts slowly.
  • Get emotional support through friends, family or online communities

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