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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H for short. I understand you have a geriatric tripod pet that you wish to wean off of Gabapentin and Prednisone. I can give the correct way to wean off of these medications but I will also caution that tit is best to discuss this with your veterinarian because these medications may still be recommended for your pet to stay on.
Gabapentin tapering recommandations usually occur over 2 weeks time. 1/2 of the current dosage for the next week, then 1/2 of that dosage for the following week, then the medication can be stopped. We typically recommend tapering this medication to help avoid the potential for seizures if taken off the medication too fast.
The proper way to wean a pet off of Prednisone depends on their current dosing, so please let me know how much and how often you are giving this medication currently. (we recommend tapering of Prednisone to avoid causing advert effects on the adrenal glands).
- Dr. H