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Re: NEURONTIN - sometimes Deesent

Posted by Snowie on October 25, 2004, at 11:12:37

In reply to Re: NEURONTIN - sometimes, posted by Deesent on October 23, 2004, at 20:15:41

Hi Dee,

I read Barbara's post and while there are a ton of things I want to respond to there, I'm at work and need time to word my response. But since yours is a fairly quick response, I'm taking a quick break and hope this answers your questions.

I convinced my pdoc to give me 2 mg. of Xanax XR instead of 1 mg., since that's about how much I had been taking of regular Xanax when I went off Xanax and onto Tranxene (no, actually when I added Neurontin to the mix I had tirated down to about 1 mg. of Xanax a day). However, since Xanax XR is so expensive I wanted to make sure I got enough to last me the whole day, not to mention the whole month.

I took the first pill Saturday morning, and within a few hours I was sound asleep. When I woke up several hours later I felt okay, but not drugged out like I feel when I take a bite from a .25 mg. pill of Seroquel. An hour or so later I started feeling a little anxious, so I took a little Neurontin. That helped for a while, but later that evening I realized Xanax XR wasn't going to last the whole day, so I took .5 mg. of Klonopin, which worked pretty well. So, based on my first dose of 2 mg. of Xanax XR, I'm not impressed. .5 of Klonopin 2 x a day along with a little Neurontin mixed in seems to be working pretty well, so I may give the Xanax XR to my sister to see how she likes it (she takes regular Xanax anyway).

It seems that at the higher doses, Neurontin tends to work less for me on anxiety than when I keep the dose lower. So, since I have 400 mg. capsules (the capsules are not extended or sustained release), it's easy to open and pour out whatever you need into some liquid. And, yes, the relief is almost immediate when it works (and it has been working every time now that I'm taking a lot less). And, no, for me it's not a crashing feeling like coming off Xanax. I don't even notice that I've "come off it" which is why I've always liked Neurontin.


> Snowie,
> Sorry, I haven't responded since I posted my original message. I have been keeping up on yours and Barbaracat's experiences. Let me know how the Xanax XR works for you. I tried it but my doctor wasn't very familiar with it and only gave me 1mg to take once a day. After about 10-12 hours I really crashed on it and had to still take the regular Xanax.
> I haven't tried the Neurontin yet. My husband had a heart attack and was just released from the hospital last week. I don't like to try new meds unless I know I can take them on a weekend where I don't have anything else I have to do in case I get a bad reaction to them. And that just hasn't happened for me in a long time, there is always something that HAS to be done.
> You mentioned you open the capsule and pour a dose into a drink. Does this make it work faster? or better? You stated that you get immediate relief from the Neurontin if you don't take it on a regular basis, but do you get that crashing feeling when you come down off of it, or is it just gradual.
> Thanks again and I enjoy reading all of your posts.
> Dee




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