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Good afternoon,What is the best way to taper off gabapentin? I've been taking 600mg 3x daily for mood disorder. I've never had previous mental health issues until December 2017 - when a family dr prescribed Xanax .5 mg 3x daily and Ambien 10mg for sleep as needed. After being on this toxic mix for 5 weeks, I had to check myself into a center to get off the drugs - cold turkey. I survived the withdrawals but was put on gabapentin and effexor xr. Its been 2 months and I want off these drugs.I am so upset. The doctors just put you on this stuff and then leave you out there to fend for yourself. My family dr. isn't qualified for psych meds. I do have an appointment in 4 days with a psych nurse practioner who will hopefully be able to get me off these drugs. While I still have health anxiety due to TMJD, I've heard horror stories about tapering off both these drugs. I am a highly functional business woman going thru tough times.Please provide your professional assistance.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I would like help today.

effexor is going to be harder to get off actually

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
How would one safely taper off both at the same time? Or do you do one first then the other?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
also could effexor cause tinnitus?

effexor causes tinnitus. yes.

I would taper off one then the other.

which one do you need less?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The gabapentin
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Dr Phil,Could you explain how you would taper a patient off Effexor XR - in a safe way? The dosage is 150 mg. Time taken - 9 weeks

I would reduce to 75 mg for 2 weeks then reduce to 37.5 for 2 weeks then stop

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